You can find me at LA-area electronics shop meets, milling in my workshop, or underneath a car.

Resume on request.

– James

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  1. THANK YOU!!!! for you Gaggia repair pics! I am embarking on repairing ours. after 30 years its not makin’ ice cream. So yeah… ROCK!! My dad is a tinkerer and you all are rare birds these days. Its a beautiful thing. Thank you a million ice cream cones worth!! Althea Duffy

  2. Hi Althea,
    I am writing because my ice cream maker Gaggia is broken, possibly the problem is the belt.
    Where can I find a belt? Is it possibly to buy on internet?
    Do you have any suggestions?

    Many many thanks


  3. Great repair of the Gaggia.
    Where did you apply the grease on the Gaggia?
    My ice maker is making horrible noise.

  4. Hi,

    I just bought one of the Gaggia Gelato makers (identical to the one you worked on) and it freezes just fine but the blade doesn’t turn. Any thoughts on how to fix it? Also, I’m missing the top screw that keeps the blade on top—any idea of where to get one or something that might work?


    • If you’re comfortable taking it apart, you could check for any broken wires between the switch assembly and the dasher motor. If it looks okay, use a multi meter to check if you’ve got continuity to the motor from the switch. The thumb screw could be replaced with a M6x10 bolt and a washer.

  5. Hi,
    It’s working. I didn’t realize you had to turn the timer on to get the blade to rotate first 😉 I couldn’t get the top off the device even with all the screws removed—is there a trick to it? Also, the machine isn’t supposed to be dead quiet, right? Mine makes a loud sound when working (but it’s not annoying) but I think that’s normal—I have nothing to really compare it to. Thanks!

  6. I SERIOUSLY need a modern day Mold Machine. I want to put these around petting zoos. I need 3-5 machines that will be reliable.

  7. Any chance of getting a copy of the drawings for mounting the DRO’s on your mini-mill? I have the same setup and that was an elegant solution. It would save me re-inventing the wheel. 🙂

  8. Hi, I too am working on a Gaggia Gelatiera that appears to be the same model as yours. Any chance you have access to a parts list or know where I can find one? My machine is missing the gear on the motor. Any assistance would be appreciated.

  9. Thank you for sharing your bushing repair!
    My IC2 DAK Breverra Gaggia paddle has been starting to stall under load and I replaced belt but did not help. The intermediate shaft upper bushing hole on the bowl assembly was elongated and was causing belt slippage as well as gear slippage.

  10. Amazing work on the Mold-A-Rama! I have a friend that may want to have one built. He current owns 20 Mold-A-Rama machines in a private collection.

  11. I followed your lead installing the scales on my mini-mill. It worked like a champ. Thank you so much, you saved me a ton of time and headaches.

  12. Found your gelatieria repair having started to run into issues with my machine. It is a well written repair summary. Seems my bearing has seized as well. Do you know/remember what size the bushings are so I can order some before disassembly?

  13. Hi, I just read your mini lathe CJ0618 repair report. great job, unfortunately for me this repair is just as realistic as flying to mars on my motorbike. I have the same error code A001 on my CJ0618 and it is remaining after the replacement of the sensor. I have idea how to continue as I am just not qualified nor tooled to check and replace all these components. may be there are different solutions by replacing a whole module or unit. even if I do not get back all the function the control unit offered initially. what would you suggest?

    • Hi Stefan,
      A popular upgrade for these lathes is a KB controller, you can find more information about this by searching online for “mini lathe kbic controller”. This would require a few more parts and the RPM display would no longer work. It also requires working with mains voltage so only attempt if you are comfortable with that. Before I repaired this controller I was using a KB KBWS-25D to operate the lathe.

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