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Any benchmarking I can do for my new incoming preowned Oscar ?
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 7:21pm
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no, not safe to assume anything with used stuff.

 
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Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 10:28pm
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Most used Oscars need some sort of open-it-up maintenance, from what I've seen. Just because someone has $1100 to blow on an espresso machine does not mean they know how to use it or take care of it. Case in point, most of the Oscars came with pod group kits.
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Posted Mon Sep 30, 2013, 3:56am
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lipworth Said:

Ye I mean I always like to be safe when buying second hand but I think it's safe to assume especially with higher end machines that they have been taken care of

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check out my M32 thread in mods and restorations, that is a $3500 machine. It took 20 hours of work to get running again, all due to lack of maint.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 30, 2013, 4:06am
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You have bought something that has been reconditioned. Why not try with the presence of the previous owner. Itís better to know everything if the owner still around since he can probably show you how it is working well.

 
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 10:33am
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If the seller was close enough to get together so that he could show off the machine, there would be no need for it to be shipped, just a thought, YMMV!

 
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 11:42am
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calblacksmith Said:

Hi,

It is really pretty simple.
if it holds water and looks like the seller said,
plug it in and turn on. Let it warm up about 10 minutes, that should be plenty of time, likely it will be ready in 5 minutes. Turn the steam wand on, it is a push button on the Oscar. Let the seam wand be on for a couple seconds then turn the steam off.

Bingo, you have done it :D

Oscar is a great value and a quality machine. One feature it does not come stock with is a vacuum breaker. It is not a mandatory thing for sure but it means you can not put it on a timer, at least not until you add one. It is a pretty simple thing to do if you are fairly handy. You simply cut the copper tube from the boiler going to the group head,  then install a T fitting an elbow and the vacuum breaker, oscar is now able to be put on a timer but that will come with time :D

Posted September 25, 2013 link

Hmmm... What I've understood, the correct method to let out the "false pressure", is to turn the steam knob almost all the way open (clockwise) when you set the power on. Then, after about 6 minutes, the steam wand starts to drip water, and few seconds later, produce steam. At this time, turn the steam knob fully closed.

That's it.

Of course, I might have understood it wrong myself, but this is how I've been operating it for the last 5 months :)
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