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craftydeer
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Posted Fri Dec 2, 2011, 8:34am
Subject: Re: Hario Mini Mill Slim
 

Just a quick note on my findings while performing this mod (correctly).

I found I had to be very specific when wrapping the tape around, so that it started and stopped (was cut) in the same place to create a perfectly even distribution of added girth on all sides. For example, if I just arbitrarily wrapped the tape around (so, say, starting at point X on the shaft, wrap the tape around twice, and the tape cuts off or finishes 3mm past X, it created some uneven sway and pushed the center burr ever so slightly in a direction when assembled and grinding.

Using clear packing tape, here is the number of wraparounds of tape that I found worked perfectly for me (any more and the tape would bunch up while reassembling).

The shaft: 3 wraps on the bottom bushing, 2 wraps on the upper.

Outer burr: 3 wraps (around the lower part of it where it is a perfect cylinder, not where there are the 4 indentations)

Inner burr's plastic insert: 2 wraps around the part that is a cylinder, 4 wraps around the lower, rectangular-ish part

These mods made a very trued, accurate grinder.

Happy modding!

 
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Posted Fri Dec 2, 2011, 4:45pm
Subject: Re: Hario Mini Mill Slim
 

Another link showing the modd.

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The milk carton piece may last longer but I wonder where all the wear goes?  In our cup brewing with our coffee?  Same as the tape used in this process?
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Posted Sat Dec 3, 2011, 9:07am
Subject: Re: Hario Mini Mill Slim
 

Good point, Bob! The tape I used wore away in 2 weeks. I didn't even realize that it most likely went into the grinds. I didn't taste a difference at the time, but I'm sure I now will, knowing that the plastic bits of tape are in there!
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Posted Mon Dec 5, 2011, 6:47am
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2011, 7:38am
Subject: Re: Hario Mini Mill Slim
 

I noticed the same bend in the shaft of my mini mill. I contacted the seller and they weren't able to help. No response from Hario either. The bend in the end of the shaft where the inner burr attaches seems a bit more dramatic than the one you are talking about. No amount of modifying will help it. It's to the point where modified at 8 clicks, the burrs rub together for a second and then stop for each turn of the crank. It grinds off center, making decently consistent grinds impossible.

I have purchased another mini mill that should arrive sometime in the next 7 days. My hope is that the central shaft shows up without this same issue. If the issue remains, I will return it and find another hand grinder.

My first mini mill came about during my introduction to the coffee world, but ended up being broken... I'm an idiot. My second one is described above. I was purchasing an aeropress yesterday and decided to buy a new mini. I liked the original mini mill that I had, which is why I bought a new one when I accidentally busted the burrs and part of the plastic housing. My hope is to use the mini mill/aeropress as a travel coffee kit. I am on the road quite frequently and would love to utilize the portability of both tools.
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Posted Thu Dec 8, 2011, 10:28am
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Sam21
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Posted Thu Dec 8, 2011, 10:53am
Subject: Re: Hario Mini Mill Slim
 

Netphilosopher Said:

I now have the issue that Mattscottonline had on my 2nd Hario Mini Mill Slim.  Won't grind, it just cranks itself tight and jams.

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That happened to me with my first mini slim as well. It all seemed to work well until that point. I was able to get them apart, but then broke the burrs on accident. That is why I ended up with my current one. I guess you get what you paid for - $35 hand grinder - not without its cons.
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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:20pm
Subject: Re: Hario Mini Mill Slim
 

Hello,

I got a mini mill just in the past few days and this thread has been very helpful.  Huge thanks to you, Netphilosopher.  However, I've also noticed a bend in the shaft that causes the centre burr to turn off centre.  I returned the first one I got, but the second one has the same problem.  Given that other are describing the same thing, it sounds like it might be a weakness in the build/design.  It looks as though the tip with the treads bends at a very slight angle, right where the threads begin.  I've virtually eliminated any wobble by doing the mods you've described and while that improved the performance, but there is still some inconsistency in the grind and a fair bit of dust.

When you said 'It's back "on center" and operating better than ever' it sounds as though you were able to fix the problem?  If so, how did you do it?

Thanks so much in advance!

Brendan
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iHaveFeet
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Posted Wed Dec 14, 2011, 11:37am
Subject: Re: Hario Mini Mill Slim
 

Thanks for the speedy response!

Just want to make sure I'm envisioning this correctly.  Do you mean you stuck the shaft in a vice so that only the threads were sticking out, and then tapped the threads with a hammer or something to straighten them?  And, you would use the nut as a guide to tell if it's straight (when the nut is laying flat against the vice)?

I live in an apartment and so don't have a vice or any tool kit to speak of, but I'm sure I could find a friend with one I could use.

Thanks again!

Brendan
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