malijandra Senior Member Joined: 15 Sep 2013 Posts: 3 Location: Philly Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gagging classic Grinder: Le'lit pl53
Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 5:09am Subject: How old is too old for a Mazzer Mini
Hi all, I'm in the process of scouring the internet for a grinder, and have found a mazzer mini within my price range. The fact that's it's in my price range, however, means it's pretty damn old. Really, this grinder has seen some stuff. For 250 overall, would this be a good investment? I'm definitely going to replace the burrs, but if something else happens, especially with the electrics, not sure what to do/where there's a closeby repair place.
fozzybear Senior Member Joined: 12 Aug 2013 Posts: 15 Location: Ottawa Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: ECM Manufacture Technika IV Grinder: Mazzer mini
Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 6:05am Subject: Re: How old is too old for a Mazzer Mini
The electric motor in the Mazzer Mini is quite robust. Moreover getting an electric motor (any electric motor) rewound is not all the expensive (sub $100 repair) and does not have to be done by a grinder specialist, but could easily be done by an electric motor shop.
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,947 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 6:54am Subject: Re: How old is too old for a Mazzer Mini
How old for a Mazzer before too old? I have had SJs from the early 90s that saw coffee shop duty for most of their life. A new set of burrs and they are good to go. If you want to repaint it, then it will look as good as it operates.
The mini should not be any different. If the motor bearings do not make noise (squeal) and you can not feel any movement when you try to move the lower burrs and the motor starts briskly then when turned off, takes a little while to coast to a stop, it should be fine.
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