Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013, 8:20am Subject: Buy Rancillio Silvia and Rossi RR45 grinder?
I found Rancillio Silvia V3, 18 months old, (has bill of sale), still in warranty, well maintained, that comes with a Rossi RR45 grinder, that has been modified , it is doserless now, and doesn't have the hopper, got lost, you have to put the cafe in the hole by handful. The lot for 350 euros...(roughly $460 for both).
What do you Rancillio Silvia experts say? Go for it? I need your advice!
18 month old Silvia...should be perfect? Anything to check?...
I googled the RR45 and it is big, smaller without the hopper. He says it's in good condition, he bought it from a restaurant owner friend (business went under) so obviously it was used in a cafe. Does anybody know the grinder, as far as replacement of burrs, maintenance, how do I test it?? I am going to pick it up in person..
I don't worry too much about the Rancillio, just that grinder size and condition....
If I get it, I can imagine this huge industrial grinder sitting next to the Silvia, and grinding my 5-10 doses per day...Overkill, no?
Please advise, should give decision tonight... TIA
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013, 9:47am Subject: Re: Buy Rancillio Silvia and Rossi RR45 grinder?
Go for it! I payed the same for just my Silvia! Also a commercial grade grinder like that one isn't cheap. They start at $500 and go way up! The Silvia only being 18 months old should be in great shape. The grinder burrs are cheap and easy to replace. Grinder cleaning would only require a brush and a vacuum. :p No such thing as overkill and commercial grinders last forever!
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013, 10:31am Subject: Re: Buy Rancillio Silvia and Rossi RR45 grinder?
Thank you for the thumbs up. I think it is a great deal, they are not cheap here, I found it on a P2P site equivalent to your Craigslist. The man said he maintained the machine well and there are still 6 months of warranty left, if anything goes wrong I think I can still use his warranty... I'm excited, finally finding a great machine. cheers and thanks for help
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013, 10:44am Subject: Re: Buy Rancillio Silvia and Rossi RR45 grinder?
No problem. If you run into problems after the warranty is up it's not hard to fix.
We have a ton of parts suppliers on this side of the world.
If you decide to buy and you find small amounts of rust on the body (black) of the machine don't panic. This is common for any espresso machine including commercial ones. A bit of sand paper and rust paint fixes it right up. As long as you take care of the machine it will last a long time. All of the parts are commercial parts
Enjoy the Silvia! Feel free to drop a line of you have any issues.
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013, 3:43pm Subject: Re: Buy Rancillio Silvia and Rossi RR45 grinder?
You should get a set of replacement burrs for the grinder, and do so quickly. If the grinder was used in a cafe, you probably have more wear than you'd see on a home unit.
The company that makes the Rossi grinders is no longer in business. This shouldn't be much of a problem in a practical sense since the RR45 is built like a tank and it should be able to serve your needs over many years and multiple espresso machine upgrades.
I use an RR45a next to my MCAL and have been very happy with it.
Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 6:48am Subject: Re: Buy Rancillio Silvia and Rossi RR45 grinder?
No it's a Macap MX. Not much different though :p
What to watch out for. - Keep the drip tray empty. It's smaller so it fills up quick. - Keep under the drip tray dry. It can rust overtime. If it does it's an easy fix. - Always wipe the steam and after steaming. The Silvia has a lot of power and heat so it cakes on fast.
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