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Greatdane last won the day on November 16 2013

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About Greatdane

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  • Birthday 06/06/1987

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    Minnesota
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  1. Hi Greatdane,  You seem to know a lot about the Saeco 200.  I've had these machines for 13 years, and have had trouble with the thermal fuses on top of the boilers going out on me, with error #14.  The water doesn't get hot in the boiler.  I'm trying to get new thermal fuses, but Seaga does not carry them.  Do you know if there is something on Amazon that would work?  Thanks so much!

  2. Hello, I am trying to install a Bill validator, the bill validator I bought was a  ICT L 704US600A#3, I was wondering how to connect it to CN) Bill vlidator

  3. I see that you are the resident Saeco Dr.  We have a Saeco 600 with an error code "6" nozzle arm movement not detected.  Check the nozzle arm ( mechanism free movement and positioning microswitch)  What does this mean?? 

     

    Thank you for any help. 

  4. These cups fit perfectly and I have never had a jam.
  5. I hope to god this is the coffee forum Ive been desperately trying to post for ever....

     

    Hello there. My wife and I have a small business here in Austin called From Bean to Cup. We have some old school Barista Supremo's in a number of hospitals and other places and am trying desperately to find someone who can either help me rebuild a few grinders that are going out or find some replacements. Parts for these old things are getting harder to find. ANY HELP WHATSOEVER PLEASE!!!

     

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  6. Great Dane, are you still out there?  Hopefully you can give me some advice.

    I had to repair an elbow on the backside of the boiler.  Reinstalled using photos taken prior to removing the boiler. 

    I now have the issue of steam coming through the brew group at the end of the cycle.  I consistently get 3/4 of a cup, but as I said, the last ounce or so comes out as steam.

    The boiler did sit for several months before I re-installed it.  I am not in a cold climate.

    I'm now thinking the two way solenoid valve between the boiler and the brew group is not working properly.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

    R

  7. I am an operator in Minneapolis and new to this site.  I am interested to see how your business is going now?   We are doing pretty well but a challenge to find good consistent businesses to place the machines.

  8. I was going to ask if you live in a northern area. The biggest problem in those areas is winter. People get into the biz op, can't make money, pull machines then have no where to store them. They end up in garages and the boiler freezes. The machines are then sold unknowing/knowing boilers are cracked/seals gone. Before storage, you must cycle the machine via maintenance menu settings and drain boiler. This purges most water out of boiler/system ready for storage. Other thing is to make sure seals are good. You may just have to replace seals in the boiler as long as the boiler is not
  9. The switching to potable domestic water is fairly easy. You have four wires that go down into the base of Saeco SG200. One set is for dregs waste water float and other set goes to pump. You remove the two pump wires and bring back up to top section. You land these two wires onto the two tabs on inlet water solenoid. Upon call for beverage water solenoid is energized instead of pump. When connecting to domestic water, be advised if machine malfunctions, instead of 5 gallons on the floor, you have unlimited potential for water damage. I installed a water leak sensor in base
  10. I have not expanded the coffee biz due to my hectic HVAC job so I still have seven machines placed. I made deals with the locations facilities. I found people in the office staff that are capable and I did a schooling on how to maintain and refill machines with extra product I leave in machine. Only takes 10 minutes. They just add 5 gallons of water when low from water vendor that opens the machine and puts fresh water in at no charge and the the location pays for the water. What a great deal for me. I now show up to do a thorough maintenance once a month and collect the money. I give the
  11. I use general business liability insurance. It covers my coffee biz for vending and it also covers my HVAC business so it is like a umbrella policy. It covers liability, loss of product, machine, damages like flooding if hooking up directly to water supply. Most importantly is coverage of one million USD a year, $500,000 per occurrence. Cost is $$89 a month. You never know when a machine malfunctions and makes 111 degree coffee-a really steamy latte and you get a mickeedees lawsuit. Of course the difference is you did not intend to keep the coffee at 190 degree + upon serving on purpose.
  12. There are many full size quality coffee vendors but I am a little biased but I would say the Saeco SG200. My personal experience is that they are very reliable, easy to clean, maintain and the SG200 is very small and compact. It can be set up as a table top coffee service or with the bottom base installed they are stand alone vendor. There are many used ones out there especially in the southern states like Florida and Arizona. New ones can be had for around $1000 to $1600 and used for less. It appears to me that Canmax has been saturating those areas like Fort Lauderdale and Phoenix. so there
  13. So glad my experience based on self opinion informed you to make a educated buying decision! You can now send me %10 percent of what you would have paid after taking out a second mortgage paying $30k start up. There was what seemed to me a internet black out when I did my research except mapinfo and one BBB negative. It is kind of funny you mention Java Brewing because the info packets I received from the previous "Authorized" semi-franchise Canmax operators included Java Brewing materials tucked in with Canmax's start up material. I myself have made my money back because I paid about 10
  14. After taping, the Saeco SG200 has setting "dispense stick" and customer selects sugar as a added option, the cup holding arm still positions for the sugar/stir stick dispensing to the left. If customer uses own cup, they would need to insert low height cup and temporarily hold to the left just as the arm activates the sugar release mechanism. The customer would then return to center to continue dispense. I find it easier to allow a selection called "no cup" in the beverage set up and those that still want regular dispense selection 2-8 with cup have the option (Button 1 is like a shift key
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