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Date: 14 Mar 2007 15:25:14
From: Bezzerista
Subject: Unknown grinder
Hi,

I bought a used business grinder for espresso beans, but obviously the
engine is dead... so I'm looking for new parts. It's from a Company
called "La Faimac" - but their site doesn't offer a lot of
information. The only grinder visible on this site is a Mazzer, and my
one is definitely another model. I already asked in our main german
coffeesite, but they don't seem to know the model. This grinder is
definitely a big one, it's dominating the kitchen - although I still
have my old Fiorenzato T80 (also not a small buddy) ;-)
You can find pictures here (I hope I'm allowed to set links?)

http://jeep.cfasp.de/upload/368149.jpg
http://jeep.cfasp.de/upload/368147.jpg
http://jeep.cfasp.de/upload/368146.jpg

Thanks - Ruben





 
Date: 20 Mar 2007 01:27:07
From: Bezzerista
Subject: Re: Unknown grinder
On 15 Mrz., 06:23, Danny <d...@nospam.gaggia-espresso.com > wrote:
> Bezzerista wrote:
> > Well, there are a lot of useful informations in your post, thanks a
> > lot. If the former owner is right I think it's (i used a dictionary
> > for the following words, I hope I found the right ones) a winding/coil
> > (?) without transition. Until now I didn't open the grinder - but yes,
> > I know how to use a multimeter. Is there any possibility to repair a
> > winding or buy a new one?
>
> Motors need a higher starting current, then run with lower power.
> Some motors use a capacitor, as explained in my post. Others use a
> secondary winding (Wicklung in German?). I don't know if your friend
> actually means that the main winding has failed. All motors can be
> repaired, but may be cost prohibitive. I'd still open the case and
> look for a capacitor...and also check the on/off switch - these can
> easily fail.
>
> --
> Regards, Danny
>
> http://www.gaggia-espresso.com(a purely hobby site)



Hi! Thanks a lot, I'll try it when I come back home (where the grinder
is). Means, in a few weeks :-/

Still the question: Does anyone know this model at all?

Tanks!



 
Date: 14 Mar 2007 16:18:13
From: Bezzerista
Subject: Re: Unknown grinder
Well, there are a lot of useful informations in your post, thanks a
lot. If the former owner is right I think it's (i used a dictionary
for the following words, I hope I found the right ones) a winding/coil
(?) without transition. Until now I didn't open the grinder - but yes,
I know how to use a multimeter. Is there any possibility to repair a
winding or buy a new one?



  
Date: 15 Mar 2007 05:23:22
From: Danny
Subject: Re: Unknown grinder
Bezzerista wrote:
> Well, there are a lot of useful informations in your post, thanks a
> lot. If the former owner is right I think it's (i used a dictionary
> for the following words, I hope I found the right ones) a winding/coil
> (?) without transition. Until now I didn't open the grinder - but yes,
> I know how to use a multimeter. Is there any possibility to repair a
> winding or buy a new one?
>

Motors need a higher starting current, then run with lower power.
Some motors use a capacitor, as explained in my post. Others use a
secondary winding (Wicklung in German?). I don't know if your friend
actually means that the main winding has failed. All motors can be
repaired, but may be cost prohibitive. I'd still open the case and
look for a capacitor...and also check the on/off switch - these can
easily fail.

--
Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)



 
Date: 14 Mar 2007 22:54:26
From: Danny
Subject: Re: Unknown grinder
Bezzerista wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I bought a used business grinder for espresso beans, but obviously the
> engine is dead... so I'm looking for new parts. It's from a Company
> called "La Faimac" - but their site doesn't offer a lot of
> information. The only grinder visible on this site is a Mazzer, and my
> one is definitely another model. I already asked in our main german
> coffeesite, but they don't seem to know the model. This grinder is
> definitely a big one, it's dominating the kitchen - although I still
> have my old Fiorenzato T80 (also not a small buddy) ;-)
> You can find pictures here (I hope I'm allowed to set links?)
>
> http://jeep.cfasp.de/upload/368149.jpg
> http://jeep.cfasp.de/upload/368147.jpg
> http://jeep.cfasp.de/upload/368146.jpg
>
> Thanks - Ruben
>

It would be unusual for a grinder motor to break, unless the grinder
was really abused. More likely is the start capacitor, or a broken
wire or the switch. Check the wiring, and check continuity of the
switch (do you know how to use a multi meter? If so, then pull off
the spade connectors on the switch and test the contacts). Generic
switch looks like it would fit. The usual culprit, however, is the
capacitor (if fitted). Look near the motor for a cyclindrical object
with two or three spade connectors at the end. Check the connections,
and if OK, fit a new capacitor of the same rating - this is printed
on, and will be something like 5 or 8uF, generally available from
electronics supplies stores.

--
Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)



 
Date: 14 Mar 2007 15:28:44
From: Bezzerista
Subject: Re: Unknown grinder
By the way: La Faimac's site is (hardly a surprise): www.lafaimac.com