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DanoM
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Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 2:50pm
Subject: Re: Question about Oscar
 

Tobb Said:

So if I was to drive the 1:30 and open it up with a screw driver what should I look for?

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calblacksmith Said:

There isn't much that just looking at it will tell you. It should be clean inside, no rodents should have made a home in there either. The best test is to put water in it, plug it in and turn it on. If it operates well, it likely is OK, if there are problems, the problems are wedges to get a better price. For the most part, there isn't much to go wrong inside Oscar.

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When you head over to take a look at the machine either have them fire it up so it's ready when you get there or plan to wait at least 30 minutes for it to heat up.  You'll want to test the steam and group water are hot.  Possibly run a backflush to make sure the pump sounds okay.
Best test, is an espresso shot, whether it's a good one or not doesn't matter.  You just want to make sure you get espresso from the system, that the pump works well.

Best of luck!
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Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 8:10pm
Subject: Re: Question about Oscar
 

Take a flashlight and small camera. There are 6 screws, 2 are under the flap.  Look for rust and drips and if it heats it is probably ok if the price is right.  Everything is pretty easy to fix if something is wrong. Plan on a gasket and maybe a pump.  6$ and 50$

 
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 8:20am
Subject: Re: Question about Oscar
 

Thanks for all the great feedback. Based on the CFO (wife) and your feedback I think I am going to pass unless he can come down to $500. I appreciate all your time!

Dan
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 10:53am
Subject: Re: Question about Oscar
 

Tobb Said:

Thanks for all the great feedback. Based on the CFO (wife) and your feedback I think I am going to pass unless he can come down to $500. I appreciate all your time!

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I know it's tempting to buy these things when they come up, but often there's another deal just around the corner if you wait and watch craigslist.  Spend a month checking it often and you might find a really good deal.
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 2:58pm
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Simonelli's Law states that every used Oscar needs repair.
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 8:05pm
Subject: Re: Question about Oscar
 

Mine did not need nearly as much work as yours.  For the price of the pump, gasket and a 6$ valve I was pretty happy for over a year with Oscar till we modded him.  Now I love him.

 
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