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slickrock
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 12:34am
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My Porlex, over a year of mild use, has developed a fair amount of play in the handle where it covers the penta-axle. So now, the handle flies off the grinder often times when I get to business.  I try to hold the grinder in such a way as to apply downward pressure, but its gotten a lot harder to grind without the handle slipping off the axle.  Has anyone else have this issue come up and was was done to remedy it?
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 3:57am
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slickrock Said:

My Porlex, over a year of mild use, has developed a fair amount of play in the handle where it covers the penta-axle. So now, the handle flies off the grinder often times when I get to business.  I try to hold the grinder in such a way as to apply downward pressure, but its gotten a lot harder to grind without the handle slipping off the axle.  Has anyone else have this issue come up and was was done to remedy it?

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You can hammer around the hole on the handle to close it up slightly so as to tighten up the tolerance around the axle. But I think that'll only be temporary. if it's happened once, it'll happen again.   Save yourself another headache and get the Hario Mini Slim hand grinder.
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 1:12am
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Say, does the Hario Mini Slim have the same sized penta-axle as the Porlex?  The reason I ask is this cool thing:  Drill Adapter.  If it works with the Porlex, then I'm set.
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 1:33am
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slickrock Said:

Say, does the Hario Mini Slim have the same sized penta-axle as the Porlex?  The reason I ask is this cool thing:  Drill Adapter.  If it works with the Porlex, then I'm set.

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Not sure. I junked my porlex before I got my hario. They do look the same though.

Don't do the drill thing. They heat up the burrs and coffee rather quickly due to the diminutive size of the grinder.   And they don't really grind much faster. I never understood why folks don't just buy an electric grinder if they wanted one in the first place... drill attachments are just so silly, imo.
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Posted Sat Feb 8, 2014, 11:52am
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Did you ever find out for sure if the Hairo hexagonal adapter will fit the Porlex grinder? I'm in the same situation as you.

Why use a hand grinder and a battery powered drill? I'm in a unique situation where I'm working in a cubicle at a client site. I don't have the storage room for a Keurig or a big electric burr grinder. Plus, we aren't allowed to run appliances in our cubes (probably fire code). I need finely burr-ground coffee for my Aeropress espresso press.

With a hand grinder and a mini drill or battery powered driver, i can slip into an empty confrence room or stairwell and quicly grind out a cup of coffee or two.
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Posted Sat Feb 8, 2014, 12:11pm
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custie Said:

Did you ever find out for sure if the Hairo hexagonal adapter will fit the Porlex grinder? I'm in the same situation as you.

Why use a hand grinder and a battery powered drill? I'm in a unique situation where I'm working in a cubicle at a client site. I don't have the storage room for a Keurig or a big electric burr grinder. Plus, we aren't allowed to run appliances in our cubes (probably fire code). I need finely burr-ground coffee for my Aeropress espresso press.

With a hand grinder and a mini drill or battery powered driver, i can slip into an empty confrence room or stairwell and quicly grind out a cup of coffee or two.

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Again, I would advise against it.

It wasn't designed for that and you'll probably break it in the process.  .  The burrs will only grind as long as the beans can fall into the tiny opening of the burr set. I'm telling you, beans are gravity fed won't fall in if the burrs spin faster. This is a hand grinder.  It performs most efficiently with slow, steady cranking. At high speed, it'll take longer, your burrs will be worn out in no time, your grinds will have heated up significantly, and your going to be dissapointed in the end.
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Posted Sat Feb 8, 2014, 11:55pm
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  1. I'm not trying to spin any faster than hand crank speed; electric drills have variable speed triggers.

  2. I'm not trying to crank any harder than a hand crank; electric drills have variable torque clutches.

I'm trying to find a 5 point socket that will grip the grinder shaft better than the sheet metal handle that was provided. I agree that overcranking could be catastrophic.
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