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Posted Mon Jan 11, 2010, 8:51am
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germantownrob Said:

I have copied and pasted the directions in a note so I will be able to keep it posted in this thread every few pages. I thought I had done this before but I must have only got to "that would be a good idea to do".

Posted January 11, 2010 link

Same here.

 
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Posted Mon Jan 11, 2010, 6:36pm
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boyscout Said:

uranium, hope this isn't offensive but you have noticed the hook at the top, right?  And adjusted the fork to the correct height so that you can tip your portafilter into the fork and latch its forward lip under the hook?

Posted January 11, 2010 link

Vertically, it's already adjusted to a perfect height. I'am just wandering if a simple bend would prevent it from sliding sideways. But like you I fear that it may be too brittle to bend. The problem is more on the rounded bottom of Elektra portafilter which makes it slippery as it sits on the fork.
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Posted Mon Jan 11, 2010, 8:04pm
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Grenfell Said:

A Vario question - is it easier/advised to get the new board (with the sleep/memory updates) right from Baratza or from the vendor?  I don't think my vendor will have the updated board...

Posted January 6, 2010 link

i ordered my new board from chris's coffee today. $20 + $9.95 shipping.  i think the shipping's a little steep, but they are a first class operation, worthy of our support.

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Posted Mon Jan 11, 2010, 9:30pm
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I'm going to be taking my Vario in for replacing or service and I haven't even had it for a month.  It doesn't lock in at finer grinds and I have to 'settle' for whatever it'll lock into which can be as ridiculous as 3 from the top on the macro and 2 from the top on the micro as the finest grind I can get and there's no way that is appropriate.  I should be able to grind at the finest possible with the macro/micro on the finest.  Maybe it's my fault for not 'seasoning' the grinder properly?  Did I inappropriately adjust a slider while in use that has led to instability issues?  Is there a reason why my burrs 'clank' on the finest setting?  I feel like I got such a lemon that it's so frustrating, it's not a cheap piece of hardware.... it's really frustrating that I have to now get it 'serviced unless they decide to just replace it' as per the help staff at the merchant Green Beanery in Toronto.  It's been less than 30 days!
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Posted Mon Jan 11, 2010, 10:54pm
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Tony,
I think I know what may be causing your problem with the Macro lever.
If you have 15-20 minutes, a very small slotted screw driver, and a can of propellent oxygen maybe we can get your Vario up to speed.

First,  grind whatever is left in the hopper till empty. Lower both levers to the bottom, and wok them up and down gently.
Next, unplug the Vario, twist off the hopper, remove the upper burr and set it aside for now.

With your little screw driver, remove the screws from the lower burr, and remove the lower burr.
Use the wire brush that came with your Vario to clean all surfaces inside.
GENTLY, turn the grinder upside down and spank her...GENTLY! just to get out the loose stale grind.

Attaching the (usually)thin red nozzle to compressed air can, spray at a distance of 4-5 inches, including directly through the spout from the inside of the grinder, not outside to in. You should also (at a distance,spay some air into the lever sliding area, while working the levers up and down.
You'll notice that with the grinder apart, the Macro slides easily to the top with no resistance 2-3 notches from the top.
The inside should hopefully be nice and clean.

Now use the wire brush and give both burrs, including the sides a good cleaning.

OK, now replace the bottom burr, making sure to tighten down well.
Now replace the upper burr, making sure you hear at least one, if not 2 clicks when you snap it in. Turn the burr holder counter clockwise till it has slid into proper position.

OK....NOW move your Macro up and down. It should move freely, with no resistance at or near the top.
Set the Macro to 2 notches below the top, the Micro lever to 4-5 notches up from the bottom.

IF this hasn't solved your problem, you just may have a problem with the lever mechanism.
This is very unusual, but stuff happens.

Trust me, Baratza will do everything to make it right, even if your vendor has a problem, which they shouldn't.

Just curious,what is the serial # at the bottom of the grinder?

Please post back and let us know if you're good to go!

 
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Posted Tue Jan 12, 2010, 10:57am
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Hello. Very close to taking the plunge. Someone mentioned Chris' has 10% off? Is this still on? Do I need a code? thank you
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Posted Tue Jan 12, 2010, 11:06am
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Sorry, but is it too much trouble to go to Chris' Coffee Service yourself?

 
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Posted Tue Jan 12, 2010, 11:16am
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dagoat Said:

i ordered my new board from chris's coffee today. $20 + $9.95 shipping.  i think the shipping's a little steep, but they are a first class operation, worthy of our support.

-peter

Posted January 11, 2010 link

Chris offers free shipping with a $50 purchase.  I took advantage of this for my board order with some gaskets and other items.
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Posted Tue Jan 12, 2010, 11:18am
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I certainly did go there and can find no evidence of the discount. Thought I would try to get the code or whatever here and see if it still worked. Sorry for any trouble.
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Posted Tue Jan 12, 2010, 11:29am
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minimalist Said:

I certainly did go there and can find no evidence of the discount. Thought I would try to get the code or whatever here and see if it still worked. Sorry for any trouble.

Posted January 12, 2010 link

call them and ask.  it is not advertised on the site.

 
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