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Posted Tue Feb 4, 2014, 4:36pm
Subject: Baratza Vario - Lever Moving at Random
 

Hello, All.

Had my Vario for about a 1.5 years and worked great, cleaned regularly.  Now, when I grind for espresso, the coarse adjustment lever (right side) moves at random. Moves down to the next notch due to the vibration, it seems. The workaround is to hold it by hand while grinding.

Don't want to send it back and be without it.  Does anyone have a recommendation on how to fix this, please?

Thanks.
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Posted Tue Feb 4, 2014, 4:51pm
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mariog7 Said:

Hello, All.

Had my Vario for about a 1.5 years and worked great, cleaned regularly.  Now, when I grind for espresso, the coarse adjustment lever (right side) moves at random. Moves down to the next notch due to the vibration, it seems. The workaround is to hold it by hand while grinding.

Don't want to send it back and be without it.  Does anyone have a recommendation on how to fix this, please?

Thanks.

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Easy peezy fix. Just email Baratza, and ask for the set of the little gizmos that will Keep your levers tight and right. Later model Varios eliminated this issue, though it was fairly rare.
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Posted Tue Feb 4, 2014, 4:52pm
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Thanks for your quick reply - will do!
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Posted Tue Feb 4, 2014, 5:05pm
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IMAWriter Said:

Easy peezy fix. Just email Baratza, and ask for the set of the little gizmos that will Keep your levers tight and right. Later model Varios eliminated this issue, though it was fairly rare.
They're free, of course.

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Yep, please see the tiny little rubber strips/shims here: "Re: The Baratza Vario Grinder Owner's Thread"

 
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Posted Tue Feb 4, 2014, 7:08pm
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I have a newer Vario, less than 1 year old, and it too had the problem.  Contacted Baratza with my mailing information and letting them know that I could do the little shim modification.  They sent out an envelope with some tiny pieces of plastic in it to use for shims, and they seem to work well.

I also found that anytime I want to make the grind 1 notch tighter it works best for me to adjust 3 tighter and 2 looser.  Making adjustments this way kept the levers from moving even before the mod, and after the mod did keep them in place just a little better I think.

Good little grinder, but it isn't as solid as a professional grinder.  Still working great here though once you know it's quirks.
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 9:32am
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Yah but even then mine wants to wander.  It's a lot of pressure to hold it and then I have to recalibrate it to keep it good for a week or two, and then out of the blue, it's on it's own.
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:32am
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marko16 Said:

Yah but even then mine wants to wander.  It's a lot of pressure to hold it and then I have to recalibrate it to keep it good for a week or two, and then out of the blue, it's on it's own.

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You might want to call Baratza to see if they can help you out.  They've been pretty good at giving owners help and pointers to deal with the grind lever wandering even if you are out of warranty.

Since I put in my shims there is very little attempt at lever wander on the machine, and if I adjust my grind from fine to course I never have any issues.  I would recommend that you ALWAYS run the Vario when making grind adjustments - no matter whether the adjustment is finer or coarser, because it adjusts in a more stable manner.  Always adjust from fine to coarse (move 3 tighter and 2 looser = 1 tighter and a solid grind position).  Even now if I move the lever 1 notch finer without the fine to coarse move the lever shows vibration and wiggle in trying to wander down 1 notch again.

I've never had to calibrate my Vario, but then again it's only in service for 9 months now and run 50 pounds of espresso.
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