IN STORE PICKUP ONLY – VBM Domobar Super HX Rotary Pump Switchable Espresso Machine

$1,999.00 $1,399.00

This machine was damaged in transit and repaired. The front panel was dented and we replaced it with a special ordered panel. The original box was not salvageable. The plastic tamper is missing.  The feet were also missing and had to be replaced with ones from another damaged machine. The back right foot is slightly angled. 30 day limited parts & labor warranty.

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VBM Domobar Super HX Rotary Pump Switchable Espresso Machine

Overview:

This unit is the THE BOMB! VBM quality at its best! They upgraded their most reliable unit, the VBM Super HX with tank and vibration pump with the following features:

  • Ability to use the internal water reservoir or directly plumb to the water line (manual lever under machine must be moved to appropriate water source desired).
  • Ability to manually empty the drip tray or plumb in the drain for the drip tray (no extra parts or kits needed for the machine – all included).
  • Rotary vane pump for quieter operation.
  • Internal drainage to the drip tray allows operation without any water going to the internal reservoir in direct plumb mode. Other machines drain to the reservoir which needs to be emptied. This VBM model does not require constant emptying of the reservoir for the flow from the overpressure valve and prevents mold and mildew build up as the reservoir stays dry.
  • Adjustment screw under water reservoir allows operation in direct plumb mode without having to switch any wires on the switch under the reservoir. No separate expensive switches to replace either.
  • Valve on bottom rotates to change between water tank and direct plumbing modes.

Features:

  • Heat kills electronics. The Gicar motherboard is loacted near the bottom of the unit as heat travels upward. Even on machines that have insulated boilers, there is still heat dissipation and build up inside the machine, and where does heat travel? Upwards! Where are the electronics on the machines you are looking at?
  • Ease of self-repair? Look at the VBM! Three screws on each side the wraparound body panel and the insides can be accessed. Two screws each on the top and bottom of the water tank platform, and you have open access for self repair. VBM has designed one of the most easiest repairable machines with their Super HX series.
  • True VBM E61 grouphead, which has its own VBM stamp, is one of the heaviest in its class and maintains active flow of water from the grouphead to the heat exchanger in the boiler. In addition, there is an internal restrictor to lessen the overheating of the grouphead, which is found on many E61 grouphead machines.
  • The heat exchanger allows you to make espresso after espresso until water reservoir is emptied and steam milk at the same time because of the large boiler which also adds to more temperature stability over smaller boilers.
  • Professional grade brass portafilters – one portafilter with single spout and single filter basket and one portafilter with dual spout and double filter basket.
  • Removable 2.1 liter pour-over water reservoir.
  • Boiler pressure gauge to indicate boiler pressure (reading will vary between .8 and 1.2 bar pressure). The setting can be varied by adjusting the full size pressurestat through the access port under the cup warmer tray on top of machine.
  • Pump pressure gauge to indicate brew pressure during espresso extraction (reading will vary while not extracting which is normal).
  • Multi-directional stainless steel steam wand on left side can be moved in different directions.
  • Multi-directional stainless steel hot water tap on right side can be moved in different directions.
  • Steam wand is a pro-grade steam wand – this means there is no silicone inside to slow the thoroughput of the steam that exits AND there is no odors that sometimes eminate from the silicone inside a no-burn steam wand. In addition, one can still burn their hand or fingers if one holds a no-burn steam wands for mroe than 5 consecutive seconds while steaming.
  • Power indicator light on right side indicates when the machine is powered on.
  • Heating light on left side indicates when espresso machine is heating.
  • Low water level light in middle indicates when water level in water reservoir in rear is low.
  • Three stage power switch allows user to fill internal boiler without sending power to the heating element (prevents damage upon initial start up).
  • Full size Parker pressurestat (rated as one of the best boiler pressure regulators) monitors boiler pressure – although you may hear a little clicking sound when the pressurstat turns on and off, the reliability ofr useful life is greater than a PID display which is subject to internal heat build up.
  • Extremely large stainless steel drip tray which can be easily (slides out with pull of handle) removed for cleaning. Grate stays on machine when pulling out drip tray so that it is one step to empty.
  • GICAR branded electronic water level control for internal boiler is located in lower right rear corner of machine where there is least heat build up – this improves reliability.
  • Largest OPV (over pressure valve opens when too much pump pressure exists) located in rear of machine with easy access when body panel and six (6) associated screws are removed.
  • Accessories: Single spout portafilter, single dose filter basket, double spout portafilter, double dose filter basket, blind filter basket for backflushing, plastic coffee scoop, and a common useless plastic tamper (please make sure to order a good tamper).
Brand

VBM (Vibiemme)

Height (inches)

16.5, approximate

Width (inches)

11, approximate

Depth (inches)

20, approximate

Weight (pounds)

70

Wattage (watts)

1600

Voltage (volts)

110

Boiler capacity (liters)

1.8

Portafilter size (mm)

58

Tank capacity (liters)

2.1

Country of manufacture

Milan, Italy

Approvals

UL

Espresso Machine Warning:

  • ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso machine which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. the lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso machine can be damaged at the power switch, the electronics, the heating element, the pressurstat or the wiring inside.
  • WATER WARNING: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and without magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, nor reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale.
  • DESCALING WARNING: We do not recommend descaling unless there is an issue with the espresso machine. The reason is that too much descaling can eat away at the metals and gaskets inside an espresso machine.

  1. No burn wands: We have decided to NOT offer no-burn steam wands because the typical internal diameter is about 50% less than a normal steam wand, and this usually affects performance times in steaming. In addition, the grouphead has a much greater area to get burned.
  2. Some assembly required: Feet are not attached to the machine.
  3. 220 volt: Sorry, 220-240 volt units are not available for ordering.
  4. Service notes:
    1. Backflushing: This machine should be backflushed minimum once every 50 espresso extractions using Ascaso Detergent (our instructions included with purchase). This is only for cleaning the oils fromt he grouphead.
    2. Water Usage: We prefer one uses softened (not just filtered) water to prevent limescale build up. Descaling really is for internally cleaning of the machine.

Maintenance

Documentation

Common Parts

Technical Support

Warranty Information

Who handles the warranty

Eligible warranty for Vibiemme home equipment is handled by 1st-line Equipment or representative thereof. If you have purchased your Vibiemme equipment from another retailer (not 1st-line Equipment), you must contact them first in order to get your equipment serviced under warranty.

What does the warranty cover

The warranty is limited to manufacturer’s defects only.

Regarding espresso machines: Limescale buildup can lead to problems with your machine. The warranty will not cover any repairs if our technicians find limescale in your machine. Although descaling can be a good alternative to remove limescale causing minerals (calcium and magnesium), we strongly suggest that prevention is the best form of maintenance. The reason is that descalers can cause wear and tear on components inside an espresso machine. This includes gaskets, o-rings, and other metal components. However, where there is a clog somewhere, descaling will be a necessity on the specified part, area, or entire machine.

Regarding coffee grinders: As with all coffee grinders, it is very important to only change grind settings when the unit is powered on and the burrs are in motion. If you do not do this, the burrs will ‘gunk’ up and require cleaning by you every time this occurs. Changing the grind settings when the burrs are not in motion will render the grinder to only produce very coarse grinds or no grinds at all. If this result occurs, this will be considered operator error for lack of following directions, and not be classified as a defective grinder.

When does the warranty expire

The manufacturer’s warranty on new equipment is good for a period of 1 year from date of receipt which covers parts. Labor warranties may vary depending on the company you purchase from. Vibiemme products may have an extended warranty limited to manufacturer’s defect and will specifically state the extended period of time on your receipt.

Where will my equipment be serviced

In most cases, your Vibiemme equipment must be sent to a repair facility. If 1st-line Equipment will be servicing your equipment, you must either ship it or drop off at our facility in New Jersey.

How do I send in my equipment in for repair

If you are inside the warranty period and have purchased it from us, please contact us. Please be ready to provide the following information: invoice# of purchase, model of equipment, and a detailed description of the issue.

If you are outside the warranty period, whether you have purchased the equipment from us or not, please order a diagnosis. Please note that wait times can be up to 8 weeks. Our technical support staff can have a back log of repairs. As an alternative we have a listing of 3rd party repair companies across the USA that can assist you.

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