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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 7:18am
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kmetzger Said:

How do you check underneath the lower burr?

Posted September 22, 2011 link

3 slotted screws hold the lower burr in place, remove the screws. I needed to give the lower burr a very gentle nudge with the screw driver from inside a screw hole to free the burr up but I repeat Gentle.

It may be the safety switch for the hopper that is the problem, if the hopper is not engaged fully the grinder will not run. The switch could be faulty or the nubb on the hopper that engages the switch could be damaged.

Baratza has excellent customer service so if anything is wrong they will take care of you.
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 7:43am
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kmetzger Said:

Yes, I did set the macro adjustment to Esp without the motor running. I read the note: "whenever moving the macro lever up, the grinder should be running" after it was too late. Have I terminally destroyed the machine? And yes, there's a distinct loud click when I engage the hopper.
I've written an email to Baratza.

Posted September 22, 2011 link

Kim, you "manned up!!"
Way to go, as you saying such will PREVENT more of this sort of thing. Thanks!

Now, I would just thoroughly clean out the grinder, removing the 3 screws from the lower burr as just described to you.
Let us know what transpires.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 8:02am
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I removed the lower burr. Everything was clean. After all, it's a brand new grinder and I had the motor working with beans in the hopper for about two seconds.
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 8:16am
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kmetzger Said:

I removed the lower burr. Everything was clean. After all, it's a brand new grinder and I had the motor working with beans in the hopper for about two seconds.

Posted September 22, 2011 link

Well you never know and now you have ruled out that possibility. My money is on something to do with the safety switch for the hopper, if it is a bigger problem do not worry, Baratza will take care of you.
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 9:18am
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germantownrob Said:

Well you never know and now you have ruled out that possibility. My money is on something to do with the safety switch for the hopper, if it is a bigger problem do not worry, Baratza will take care of you.

Posted September 22, 2011 link

+1.
Kim, after the first 3-4 lbs run through the Vario, I always recommend a detailed cleaning. later on, maybe after 10-15 lbs, just remove the hopper, upper bur, and sweep everything clean. DO NOT turn the Vario upside down.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 3:33pm
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IMAWriter Said:

DO NOT turn the Vario upside down.

Posted September 22, 2011 link

OK. I'll bite :) - why not? I haven't seen that in the owners manuals...

 
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 3:41pm
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dana_leighton Said:

OK. I'll bite :) - why not? I haven't seen that in the owners manuals...

Posted September 22, 2011 link

Ask "Mr. Vario", Craig Andrews. Truly, he knows these grinders inside out, better than I.
I believe it has something to do with detaching the belt drive?
Or not.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 5:40pm
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The problem has been identified. Pierce Jens, of Baratza, asked me to look at the circuit board. Sure enough, a few of the doodads were scorched. He's sending me a new circuit board.
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 6:19pm
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Kim, sorry I only got to the thread now at this last date/time. Was it resistor R6 & R7 as circled on the right hand pic? The pic shows two Vario pcb's, on the left for eariler serial numbered units., & on the right for the later numbered units.

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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 8:05pm
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Hi Craig - yes, resistors R6 and R7.
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