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Shawn12
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario/Virtuoso...
Vac Pot: Yama 5/Balancing Siphon
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Tue Dec 24, 2013, 7:45am
Subject: Help ! With a Compak K6
 

Hi Everyone! Merry Christmas !

I pick up a second hand K6 older model for next to nothing but it needs work and some parts are missing. A little project for me. If nothing else I will understand the internals of grinders better by the end of it.

I throughly cleaned most of it yesterday and I have 2 questions I need help with now.

If you click here.....

http://tinyurl.com/koozy6n

Part 18 is locked solid . The guy never and I mean never clean it. Any ideas on how to free it up. Need a food safe lubricant maybe?

Missing the pin on part 11. Can I use any screw that fits you think?

Missing part 4 and part of the hopper too but have found those online.

Want to change the burrs but can't re: my first problem.

Everything else works fine. Burrs grind without any issues just on one locked setting right now... again see first problem.

If I can solve this issue and order the few parts I will have a K6 for less than $200.

Not sure what I'm going to do with it as it won't fit on my counter and the wife is looking at me funny. Small hopper might get it under though.  

Thanks

Shawn
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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 Tue Dec 24, 2013, 8:04am
Subject: Re: Help ! With a Compak K6
 

Actually, that is a pretty common issue with used commercial grinders. I have had several that were 100% frozen.
I use Goo Gone, it is a Citrus based cleaning product, it is thin and gets into tight places easily. The mess will get worse before it gets better though :D
As far as I know it is NOT listed as a food safe product but I have used it many times on grinders, yes grinders that I use myself and I feel it is safe esp when cleaned up after use with soap and water. If you have any doubt, do not use the product.
Need any more help, just ask :D
http://googone.com/GG-Browse-Products/Goo-Gone-3oz

 
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario/Virtuoso...
Vac Pot: Yama 5/Balancing Siphon
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Tue Dec 24, 2013, 8:24am
Subject: Re: Help ! With a Compak K6
 

Thank Wayne... Goo gone.. OK I trust you plus I already have 2 bottles in the house :-)

Any thoughts on that pin I mentioned.( and sorry the pin is part of #3 not #11) I have never owned a grinder like this before . What is the purpose of it?
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Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Tue Dec 24, 2013, 9:01am
Subject: Re: Help ! With a Compak K6
 

If you are talking about the pin in the adjustment collar, it is there just for you to have something to hold on to for adjustment of the grinder that is easier than holding a large ring.

Anything that fits into the hole with the correct thread will work and it will work without the pin, it is just a little harder to make small changes to the ring without it.

 
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Location: Barrie,ON, Canada
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario/Virtuoso...
Vac Pot: Yama 5/Balancing Siphon
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Tue Dec 24, 2013, 9:06am
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calblacksmith Said:

If you are talking about the pin in the adjustment collar, it is there just for you to have something to hold on to for adjustment of the grinder that is easier than holding a large ring.

Anything that fits into the hole with the correct thread will work and it will work without the pin, it is just a little harder to make small changes to the ring without it.

Posted December 24, 2013 link

Thanks that's what I thought.
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario/Virtuoso...
Vac Pot: Yama 5/Balancing Siphon
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 9:37am
Subject: Re: Help ! With a Compak K6
 

Success on fixing the seized part and getting access to the burrs. All cleaned up and back together. The burrs look fine to me but to be honest I don't know what burrs look like that need to be replaced. Grind is consistent.

I have a new problem now though.

Machine won't grind really fine. As I move the setting towards what should work for espresso the machine gets much louder and even in that area grind is too coarse.

Burrs need replacing? I put something back in wrong ?

Any ideas?

Thx

Shawn
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