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Mario Ugolini - Italy

Mario Ugolini was born in Rimini on 27 August 1912 but at the age of five, he moved with his family to Milan. Here, from an early age, he learned to repair the first domestic refrigerators that had just arrived on the Italian market. An ingenious, enthusiastic inventor, 100% self-taught, he applied his inventiveness to creating several prototypes.
In 1946, everything started up again after the long nightmare of war. In that year, Mario Ugolini began his business. He picked up where he had left off, namely as a repairer of domestic refrigerators, opening up a Bosch service workshop. Soon, he had new customers such as Fiat, Electrolux, Siemens and others. The 1966 trade fair he presented the first slush ( Granita ) machine to the market.

The Ugolini machines such the HT & MT range have all been very well made machines. The design is good and all the parts are well made. Gear motors for this machine can be expensive but can often be refurbished. The seals and o rings do last if looked after.

The common problem with these machines are the plastic that connect to the freezing cylander are prone to cracking. This can be a very costly repair but has been rectified in later models.

There are some variations on the market such as the Bras branded machines & the Taylor branded machines. These are still made by Ugolini but the drip trays and handles are altered but do cross fit each model.

In 2008 Ugolini manufactured a beautiful custom line of Bacardi Branded manchines with all black plastics and black wrapped panels. A limited run which do look very good at any venue.

Here are some basic examples:

We give this Brand a solid 10 out of 10 - An all round great machine.