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thevinoman
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Location: Mishawaka, IN
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Espresso: Gaggia
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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 1:20pm
Subject: Problems with Gaggia MDF Grinder ON/OFF switch
 

Hi folks, My first post here, so please be nice…I have a basic Gaggia MDF grinder with a bad ON/Off switch.  It no longer “clicks”, but feels “mushy” and does not work at all.  I have looked every which way on the unit to try and figure out how to get to it, with no luck.  I can’t imagine it would be too difficult to fix or replace, and would rather do that than send it off somewhere, which I’m sure would cost a bunch.  Can anyone help me with instructions on how to open the unit so that I can see what’s going on inside and maybe repair this thing?  Thanks very much.
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Buckley
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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2014, 5:55am
Subject: Re: Problems with Gaggia MDF Grinder ON/OFF switch
 

Dear Vinoman,
Your plea "please be nice" is understandable.  There are a lot of boorish, roughshod individuals who frequent this forum and think nothing of denigrating someone's posts.  On behalf of the impression that we collectively give to auditors (I prefer it to the term 'lurkers'), please accept my apologies for cultivating an atmosphere of discouragement to anyone who is considering corresponding with 'us'.

Now to answer your question:  the switch on my unit is okay but last year the fuse blew in the MDF.  It was most likely due to a lightening transient in the power line and not to a product weakness.  I corresponded with my vendor and was given instructions on how to get to the fuse.  Unfortunately, it is inside the unit and the hopper has to be removed and then the upper burrs taken off, replace the fuse, replace the upper burrs, recalibrate the burrs (they gave me instructions to do so) and replace the hopper.  I am assuming that you must do the same thing to get at the switch.  I am sorry but I cannot locate the instructions that were given to me, but I will keep on looking.  You might want to shoot an email to your vendor or, if it is second-hand, to Gaggia and see if they can be persuaded to reply with this readily available information.  Meanwhile, (pardon me for shouting):
DOES ANYONE HAVE DISASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GAGGIA MDF?

Good Luck,

Buck
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thevinoman
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Posted Sun Mar 16, 2014, 7:44pm
Subject: Re: Problems with Gaggia MDF Grinder ON/OFF switch
 

thank you Buck.  Appreciate your quick reply.  Yes, would be great if someone had disassembly instructions for the Gaggia MDF.  Please keep me posted.
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Buckley
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Posted Sun Mar 16, 2014, 10:57pm
Subject: Re: Problems with Gaggia MDF Grinder ON/OFF switch
 

Check these out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT4CAJNjiWU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pCbhJDdsxE

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50lkQiAd6pk

The first two are consistent with what you want to do but done by an amateur.
The last one is just burr removal and cleaning only but done by a professional.
You might want to check all three videos and compare.

If you need the exact switch, you might just email any online seller who carries the MDF and ask them if they can supply the part.  While I am thinking about it, you can just ask any seller to email you the printed dissassembly instrucxtions.  If they refuse, there is always another seller to ask but coffee people are a tight group and seem to support one another.

Good Luck

Buckley
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kray
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Posted Sat Mar 22, 2014, 8:05am
Subject: Re: Problems with Gaggia MDF Grinder ON/OFF switch
 

If you do take the MDF apart, you might also think about doing the steppless mod. Instructions are here:

Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

I did this to my MDF a couple years ago and it vastly improved the machine. I highly recommend it.
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