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Replace a Gaggia Classic portafilter holder handle – How to

How to change or replace the handle on a Gaggia Classic Portafilter holder?

The Gaggia Classic Portafilter handle, similar to all coffee machine handles, is prone to cracking. This guide will explain how to replace and fix the handle with a spare replacement part.

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Shown below are the two main components of the Portafilter, the Filterholder body (silver part), followed by the handle and end cap. The body of the Filter Holder is stripped bare of the spring and filter basket.

Image displaying the Gaggia Classic FIlter Holder Body

The Filter Holder Body

Image displaying the replacement Portafilter handle

The replacement Portafilter handle

1: Slide the Portafilter handle onto the body

Use a long shanked 4mm hexagon Allen key, place this into the bolt ready for stage 2, the set up will look like the image below:

An image displaying the Filter Holder body, Hexagon Allen key, handle bolt and replacement handle.

The Filter Holder body, Hexagon Allen key, handle bolt and replacement handle.

One end of the handle accommodates the end cap, do not fit this until the end of the process. Slide the other end onto the body,push the handle flush. The Portafilter will look identical to the image shown below.

An image displaying portafilter minus the end cap.

The portafilter minus the end cap.

2: Screw the spare Portafilter handle into the body

An image dispalying the Gaggia Classic Portafilter with the handle in place beside the Allen key and bolt.

Portafilter with the handle in place beside the Allen key and bolt.

With the handle in position, slide the bolt, whilst sat on the end of the Hexagon allen key, inside the Filter Holder handle. When the thread is locked in, turn it clockwise to tighten. the bolt needs to go very tight. A cloth wrapped around the end of the Allen key works well, once it is positively gripped in the thread.

Image displaying the allen key in place to tighten the replacement handle bolt.

The allen key in place to tighten the replacement handle bolt.

Check the tightness of the bolt by shaking the handle, where there is obvious movement, further tightening is required.

3: Fit the handle end cap

An image displaying the Gaggia Filter Holder complete beside the handle end cap.

The Gaggia Filter Holder complete beside the handle end cap.

After the shake test fit the cap. The end cap is extremely difficult to remove without causing damage.  It simply pushes into place. The Classic Portafilter is complete.

An image Classic Filter Holder with the fitted replacement handle.

The Classic Filter Holder with the fitted replacement handle.

 

Wrapping the handle in duct tape extends the life span. Shown below, images taken along the way:

An image of Classic Portafilter shown from the front perspective displaying the double spout.

Classic Portafilter shown from the front perspective displaying the double spout.

Further Information, the Gaggia Classic portafilter:

Above the Gaggia Classic Portafilter complete, shown from the front perspective.

An image displaying Components unleashed.

Components unleashed.

The components of the Filter Holder. Parts include the double filter basket, Filter Holder body, handle, bolt, Filter Holder spring, end cap and double spout.

An image displaying The Filter holder from underneath.

The Filter holder from underneath.

Above: the Portafilter shown displaying the double spout on the under side.

An image displaying the Filter Holder Body and basket spring.

Filter Holder Body and basket spring.

Above: the Filter Holder spring. The spring sits inside a slot in the body and retains the filter basket in place.

Springs stretch with age and become less effective. New springs make basket removal difficult. A Puly Lifty basket removal tool helps the barista to do this with ease.

Interested in coffee machine maintenance? Why not read the Guide to replace a group solenoid

Thank you for reading the tutorial if you found it useful please leave a comment to let us know. All feedback is much appreciated.

 

11 thoughts on “Replace a Gaggia Classic portafilter holder handle – How to

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  2. Chime101

    Thanks for the post. Very useful.
    I have an issue that after removal of the double spout to do the OPV mod, since replacing the spout it is misaligned and is at a 45 degree angle rather than 90. It seems to over (or under) screw.
    Is there anything I can do to resolve ?

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    1. Scott White Post author

      Hello, thank you for the comment. Presuming you mean the portafilter spout, then yes a 3/8 inch copper washer can be fitted and this should allow you to set the spout positioning correctly. The washer may need turning over if it does not work the first time, on odd occasions 2 washers may be required. A mallet will help adjustments and bridge tolerances.

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