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Nov 16, 2009 12:32 PM

Help with handle of atlas pasta roller

Hi everyone - I just bought a marcato atlas pasta machine (hand cranked) and made pasta for the first time by hand last night - what fun! The only problem is that I can't seem to get the handle out of the main roller (i.e. I had to cut all noodles by hand), which makes storing it a challenge. Unfortunately the manual isn't much help and I can't find anything online, any suggestions? Thanks so much!

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  1. Don't know what could have happened. Just bought mine a few days ago and the handle really slides in-and-out quite easily, and there's no catch or latch that could snag it.

    1. My guess is that there might be a burr or flashing on the shaft -- a little extra metal that wedged in tight when you were cranking the rollers.

      First, to extricate the handle, try tapping on the handle with a light hammer. A hard plastic mallet would be ideal. Do not try to force or pry the handle off, just tap lightly.

      Next, check the handle. The surfaces of the shaft and the key should be fairly smooth. Lightly file if needed. Finally, lightly oil the shaft handle with WD-40 or 3-in-1. Re-check the fit of the handle. Check the fit on all your rollers and cutters (the problem might be with the roller).

      If frustration sets in, pack it up and exchange for a new one -- the design is pretty foolproof, so no need to put up with a lemon.

      1. Thanks so much for these tips! I'm going to try the hammer trick and then check the handle - hopefully I'll be able to return the machine if these tricks don't work.