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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 3:41pm
Subject: Can't remove crank from Zass grinder. Suggestions?
 

Hello,
I spent a half-hour googling info, but couldn't find anything.  i want to remove the  top nut and crank assembly so I can apply some teflon tape  (to stop some drifting during the grind) to the threads. Got the top nut off, but for the life of me, i can't get the crank off.  I can't find purchase with a wrench anywhere to keep the shaft from spinning with the crank.  Any suggestions?


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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 5:27pm
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I've never worked on these myself, but I know that Orphan Espresso has refurbished a lot of them.  In fact, they used to sell restored ones.  I would think they'd be able (and probably willing) to help you over the phone.

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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 5:52pm
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The_Smith Said:

Hello,
I spent a half-hour googling info, but couldn't find anything.  i want to remove the  top nut and crank assembly so I can apply some teflon tape  (to stop some drifting during the grind) to the threads. Got the top nut off, but for the life of me, i can't get the crank off.  I can't find purchase with a wrench anywhere to keep the shaft from spinning with the crank.  Any suggestions?


Thanks in advance!

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What model zass do you have?  When was its manufacture date?

Important questions to ask before advice can be provided.

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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 6:24pm
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CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

What model zass do you have?  When was its manufacture date?

Important questions to ask before advice can be provided.

Len

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They used to go by a # (150 something?) now I belive the model is called the Brasilia.  Sweet Marias calls it the Box Mill model.  I bought it about 3 years ago, right after they started back up with production again.

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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 8:29pm
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The_Smith Said:

They used to go by a # (150 something?) now I belive the model is called the Brasilia.  Sweet Marias calls it the Box Mill model.  I bought it about 3 years ago, right after they started back up with production again.

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Thanks for letting me know.  To take the handle off first take off the very top nut.  Now open the top bean entry door; you will see a shaft that goes down into the conical grinder.  Grab that shaft with a pair of pliers (held in your left hand) and hold very tightly as you turn the handle (using your right hand) to the left.  It will be a bit tough to loosen at first, however keep your grip firm on the pliers so that the shaft does not turn.  Keep turning the handle to the left and it will unscrew and come off.

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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 11:05pm
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CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

Thanks for letting me know.  To take the handle off first take off the very top nut.  Now open the top bean entry door; you will see a shaft that goes down into the conical grinder.  Grab that shaft with a pair of pliers (held in your left hand) and hold very tightly as you turn the handle (using your right hand) to the left.  It will be a bit tough to loosen at first, however keep your grip firm on the pliers so that the shaft does not turn.  Keep turning the handle to the left and it will unscrew and come off.

Len

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^Thanks!
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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 6:53am
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The_Smith Said:

^Thanks!

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Did that work for you?

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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 12:23pm
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Yes, that worked.  Thanks again.
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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 12:44pm
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The_Smith Said:

Yes, that worked.  Thanks again.

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Excellent.  Anytime.

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