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LaBruno
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Posted Fri Feb 11, 2005, 2:04am
Subject: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

Hi ya all !

I'm thinking of buying an Isomac Granmacinino and are wondering if
you people out there.

I have used a Isomac Prof Inox a few times and i think this is a great grinder! I have a hard time seeing any real
alternatives in this precis range. Also the design on these two a exelent !! I think the design of the Granmacinino will go
better with my LaPavoni Professional. As i said, i like the Prof Inox and belive that the Granmacinino is pretty much the same.
Any one have any experience with Isomac Granmacinino grinder?
The best price i found is 209 Euro for the 230v.....has someone found a better price? (must ship to sweden)

Will appreciate any input .

Kind regards.

  // Christian, Sweden

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Posted Fri Feb 11, 2005, 11:51pm
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

Hi Christian,
I just wrote a review a few days ago with info on this site - check it out under the Isomac grinders in Consumer reviews.  This is my first grinder and have been happy with it so far.  I can grind fine enough to choke my *$/gaggia and dial it in for my 25-30 sec shots.  Most of what I researched said that the grinder is noisy (nothing like the blade grinder I was using!), and underpowered on 110v (but I guess you're 220 - so will be fine).  It takes me 22 seconds to grind my double - so don't see any problem with power.  No static problems, but it does hold some grounds in the nose of the machine.  I grab it with one hand and bang it against the tabletop to get the extra out.. ;-)  Looks very nice sitting on the table top - the wife hasn't made me take it off the counter yet!

Cheers,
Geoff
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Posted Sat Feb 12, 2005, 6:17am
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

I've been using one for 4 years now and I believe is a good grinder for home use,
some parts like the grind dial that is been upgrade fromt plastic to inox,
the motor and the inside components I believe are the same
it has a nicer look

 
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Posted Sat Feb 12, 2005, 7:48am
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

Yea! That's what i thought.....one of these would go better with my LaPavoni. Inox goes great with something like a Super Giada....but are a little to "boxy" to go with the classical LaPavoni gesign. I think i will buy me a Granmacinino....   =)   A frind of mine has an Inox, and i think it's a very god grinder. Thank's for your replys. More input in to this issue would ofcourse be appreciated!   // Christian
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Posted Sat Feb 12, 2005, 8:02am
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

I have had the gm grinder for about 6 months now and, after modifying it to grind finer, have been very pleased.  

The finest factory setting worked well enough for my isomac supergiada but when I got an ECM machine that setting just wouldn't cut it at all.  It took removing some screws that blocked the top burr from coming closer to the bottom one.  

It works great like this, but if I had to do it over again I would probably buy the innova conical grinder and not bother with modifying the Isomac.

Good luck!
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Posted Sun Feb 13, 2005, 3:18pm
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

I've had my Gran Macinino for about 10 months & like it.  It grinds pretty uniformly, and can certainly grind finely enough for my spring lever machine.  It looks nice & doesn't take up too much room.

The "guts" of the machine & the casing seem very well made.  The plastic hopper & the little piece that fits inside the hopper to prevent clogging with beans are a bit brittle.  My hopper had a hairline crack at the site of one of the screw holes.  I do wish it were a bit quieter.  My biggest complaint is that sometimes oilier beans clog up the neck of the hopper.  This is easily fixed by jabbing with a little spoon for a few seconds.

My little pet peeve is that the doofuses who designed it didn't bother to put markings on the dial that you turn to adjust the fineness of the grind.

Overall I'd probably buy it again.  The only other thing I might consider is that, at least in the US, the price has gone up considerably since I bought it, & I'm not sure it's as good a value relative to other grinders as it was early last year.  I suspect that the price change was at least partly due to the drop in the value of the dollar against the euro, so I'm not sure whether this caveat would apply to you.
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Posted Sun Feb 13, 2005, 4:10pm
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

Almost all of the comments about the Lux grinder also apply the Isomacs so try a search on Lux. The main advantage of the Lux over the Isomacs is that the Lux can be easily microstepped for better grind selection.

Greg

 
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Posted Mon Feb 28, 2005, 1:07am
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

re the Isomac Granmacinino ...
I need to remove or adjust the two screws that prevent a finer grind.
How in the heck do you get the hopper off to do this?  I removed the 2 screws that hold the finger protector on.  After this I did not know what to do.  I am thinking about removing the the hex screw that holds the bottom burr.  

Please, any ideas?   I know that hopper seems brittle and I do not want to crack it.  

Thanks,
Gregor
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Posted Mon Feb 28, 2005, 7:25am
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

I've been using the Prof inox for a while now and it's very good. I think that the differences between prof inox and GM are just cosmetical and if you liked the prof inox you should like the GM even more.

//Fredrik

 
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Posted Mon Feb 28, 2005, 11:14pm
Subject: Re: Isomac Granmacinino - any input on using this grinder?
 

The hopper should come straight off after that - it did on mine.  To get to the set screw, all I had to do was to unscrew the grind setting ring (counterclockwise)  You'll see the spot where the set screw goes in after you remove the grind ring / upper burr.  I don't even think you need to remove the plastic hopper, just in case it's stuck on yours.

Cheers
Geoff


Gregor Said:

re the Isomac Granmacinino ...
I need to remove or adjust the two screws that prevent a finer grind.
How in the heck do you get the hopper off to do this?  I removed the 2 screws that hold the finger protector on.  After this I did not know what to do.  I am thinking about removing the the hex screw that holds the bottom burr.  

Please, any ideas?   I know that hopper seems brittle and I do not want to crack it.  

Thanks,
Gregor

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