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Posted Mon Jul 19, 2010, 4:28pm
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Least expensive juicer I found yet, new.  Anyone got a better one?

 
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Posted Mon Jul 19, 2010, 5:03pm
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Apologies for OT, but WOW - pricing on OK looking demitasse/saucers.

Are there shipping irregularities?
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Posted Mon Jul 19, 2010, 7:58pm
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I don't know the place, so we will need to research the integrity of the seller, but those prices are good.  Sam's might have the same.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 19, 2010, 10:30pm
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I found those two interesting.  They change stock constantly though.  

On topic comments to come later.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 20, 2010, 4:53am
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wbaguhn Said:

Are there shipping irregularities?

Posted July 19, 2010 link

I think I answered my own question - the shipping isn't inexpensive.  For some reason, I thought the shipping was dirt cheap, too.
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Posted Tue Jul 20, 2010, 6:09am
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Yeah, the shipping was low.  Even about 2.55 for the 24 dollar juicer or thereabouts.  We should check that place out!

 
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Posted Tue Jul 20, 2010, 6:27am
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(Excerpted from another thread)

boyscout Said:

Wayne, MaryAnn, in requiring the operator to lift his/her arm and apply pressure to the tamping device you're dreaming up, you haven't gone far enough.  Have a look here:

 Versalab power tamper

You sound like you think you've got this all figured out, but as the above illustrates, those may not be laurels you're resting on.  Have you considered nuclear power?

(BTW, I saw this device and the company's grinder in action a while ago.  No, MaryAnn, there is no permanent cure for upgraditis... something else always comes along, and probably always will.)

Posted July 20, 2010 link

lol--yes, true.  It is the hundreds-of-dollars-at-a-time purchases that are the dangerous part of the upgraditis for me.  These mad coffee scientist tweaks are too fun to even want to give up.  :)


calblacksmith Said:

Mark the only issue with the the versalab is the price. MarryAnn wants to make something much less expensive. I know your post was in jest but there are real benefits with a press, I have a manual tamper and used it for a long time before getting the press and I can say that the press is better and much more consistent, and consistency is what we are after....NO?

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It is probably only fair that I give full disclosure here guys: I am also training five barista babies.  They cannot tamp 30 lbs (more like 3-5 lbs for some) with their arm and it seems that we need consistency throughout the group, so I thought an autotamper would be a good solution.  It also can teach them the concept of the 30 lbs and the importance of consistency, which will be a mental bookmark for later when they actually can tamp.  Also, there are easy ways to destroy a puck during a tamp, which I would like to eliminate for now.  Every variable I can control, especially with a group,  is a step in the right direction I think--is that right?

I agree with you too about consistency Wayne. I think an autotamper is a good way to achieve it on a variable that has a lot of impact, (no pun intended) and can easily be done incorectly.  That is why I opened the thread--I know I am not the only CG that wants this inexpensive, homemade contraption.  I wanted to take Wayne up on his offer for help, but do it in the open so that the benefits could be shared.  Don't ever wanna forget the lurkers either.  Love ya lurkers!!

Thanks for helping with this guys, I appreciate it and the children are going to love it!

 
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Posted Tue Jul 20, 2010, 12:03pm
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Hey, I think I have a good idea.

Can crusher:

TheMummaFamily: Can crusher.jpg
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Posted Tue Jul 20, 2010, 12:10pm
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Ok, the lowest tech, cheapest, stuff you have on hand solution I have thought of is this:

the bottom plate of the crusher can be hollowed to allow the tamper to pass through it.
A scale is mounted (levelled first) beneath the crusher
Wooden "base" with basket recess placed atop scale, with notch or window to view numbers on scale.
"tamper" could be a thick disc of wood the proper diameter and mounted to the underside of the top plate of the can crusher, made the proper thickness.

That would make this project four dollars plus tax, a few screws, some scrap wood, and a bit but not a ton of time.  

What do you think?

 
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Posted Tue Jul 20, 2010, 12:11pm
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I am still not sold on the "tamper" part of the equation.

 
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