"Will probably crank down on them with ViseGrips for removal"
^^ Please do not do this to Miss Aurelia.
Find out what size the threads are first. 10mm is the most common I believe. If so, you have many different choices to play around with, not to mention there are adapters available as well.
Like tampers you can never have too many steam tips in your arsenal!
Sounds like a good idea. OR what I might try... a tool that I have at home designed for the install/removal of circlips/snap rings pictured in link below...
Would allow tips to be inserted into steam tip holes and may provide enough leverage to remove them with no damage to holes... just a thought!
Thanks for the replies! Brady, I will probably stick with the standard tip hole size because we do quite a bit of large batch steaming (hot chocolate at large events, etc) and our average latte sold is 16 oz. Good idea though!
Jeff, just quoting what one of the Simonelli tech guys told me to do with the Vise-Grips. Of course I would wrap tape over the tip or cover with a cloth to minimize marring.
Plan is to now order the competition tips then get the stock tips off as carefully as I can to possibly save for backups. I am totally satisfied with the steaming ability with the stock tips, just have no easy way to get them off for routine cleaning. Would like to add I don't care too much for simply submerging the tip/wand in a pitcher of cleaning solution for long periods of time. Would also like to be able to scrub inside of the wands with the Pallo Steamy Wanda brush I bought months ago. Again, thanks for all replies!