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Transformer 110-220 I brought this machine from Italy and to use in US should I use 1000 watt 220 volt transformer or try to change heating element to 110 volt?

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Less expensive to replace the heating element. But if you already have a 1000 watt transformer then just go that route

Posted on Feb 22, 2009

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    A.M. Sabuncu Mar 19, 2014

    Jeremy, are there any gotcha's to look out for when changing the heating element?


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