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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2009, 8:26am
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Glad you got that resolved, now just pick up a $.50 spring at the hardware store & you will never need to separate the hopper from the burr assy. when you want to clean out the grinder.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2009, 9:04am
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I will certainly do that.  Saw the photo you posted with the spring but am not too sure how it works though.  How did you attach the spring?  One end you attached around the turning knob but how about the other end?  How did you attach it to the adjustment area?

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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2009, 4:58pm
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kapekape Said:

I will certainly do that.  Saw the photo you posted with the spring but am not too sure how it works though.  How did you attach the spring?  One end you attached around the turning knob but how about the other end?  How did you attach it to the adjustment area?

Thanks!

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You can sort of see the spring hook I made if you enlarge that photo that shows the spring. Basically I took a short piece of welding rod & bent one end into a circle that would fit under the allen bolt that holds that side of the worm drive mounting bracket. I bent the other end just enough so that the spring end loop could hook over it. I had to play with the angle of the spring hook to get the right tension on the spring but otherwise it was pretty straight forward. Those black knobs just pop off & on.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2009, 6:42pm
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JVBorella Said:

You can sort of see the spring hook I made if you enlarge that photo that shows the spring. Basically I took a short piece of welding rod & bent one end into a circle that would fit under the allen bolt that holds that side of the worm drive mounting bracket. I bent the other end just enough so that the spring end loop could hook over it. I had to play with the angle of the spring hook to get the right tension on the spring but otherwise it was pretty straight forward. Those black knobs just pop off & on.

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Okay now I understand- thanks a lot for explaining!  I will try to replicate what you did.  That's a great mod alright!
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Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 3:13pm
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kapekape Said:

Finally I was able to remove the hopper but not without difficulty. This is what I did.

I swung out the adjustment assembly as per JV so that I could turn the hopper with the upper burr assembly clockwise and remove it. With the hopper and upper burr assembly removed I still could not remove the hopper. I then decided to put the hopper/upper burr assembly in the freezer for about 10 minutes thinking that with cold, the hopper base might contract and I could eventually take it out.
Actually I forgot all about it until my son asked where the hopper was. Casually I told him I left it in the freezer and as I got the hopper/ upper burr assembly and showed it to him, I tried to
pull the hopper and lo and behold- it pulled out quite easily to my surprise!  So there.
So thank you everyone who helped!  I am now a happy camper!

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Im trying your trick now as I also purchased a second hand Macap in really good shape but with a broken hopper. The only problem is that the rest of the hopper is stuck and doesnt want to come out! Hopefully the freezer trick works!
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Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 7:59pm
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Bizarre thread...I have two M4s. For me, removing the hopper is a matter of takinout one scre and then lifting the hopper up...simple as that!

 
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