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Grimsthorpe
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 9:37am
Subject: Vancouver, B.C. Need a Solid, Inexpensive, Grinder
 

I am looking for a good solid grinder for 6 or so shots a day. This puppy would be headed North, way north, for work. And I need to keep the price around $100. Any suggestions?
Any grinders out there collecting dust in the garage? It definitely will be used for espresso and there would be a need for a good consistent fine grind.
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 12:35pm
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Grimsthorpe Said:

I am looking for a good solid grinder for 6 or so shots a day. This puppy would be headed North, way north, for work. And I need to keep the price around $100. Any suggestions?
Any grinders out there collecting dust in the garage? It definitely will be used for espresso and there would be a need for a good consistent fine grind.
Thanks for reading this.

Posted April 7, 2014 link

 What kind of machine are you pairing this grinder with? I can tell you that any good solid espresso grinder capable of producing grounds for good espresso won't be that cheap even broken.  If your using a machine however that has a pressurized portafilter then you can get away with something like the Baratza Encore for $130. I've even pulled desent espresso with my Silvia (unpressurized). Also are hand grinders an option or just electric?

UPDATE: is this pairing with a NS Elli you mentioned in a previous post?
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 12:58pm
Subject: Re: Vancouver, B.C. Need a Solid, Inexpensive, Grinder
 

I know it's out of your price range but Kijii BC has a Mazzer SJ "Luigi" for $300.  I've never had any hands on with that grinder but i've read nothing but good things.  That a heck of a heal on a full commercial espresso grinder that more than defines "solid".
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 1:21pm
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I saw it too. Would love it and thanks for pointing it out, but comfortably beyond the budget. Maybe next season -sigh!
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 1:33pm
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The only thing I can recommend is a modded Hario Skerton.  It can be had with both a lower bearing and stepless mod for under $80 incl.  I have no doubt it will do the job but for 6 shots that's a lot of hand grinding. I currently use one as a backup whenever my Macap needs TLC. Basically turns it into a full range stepless hand grinder.  Just use a small wrench to adjust the grind setting my grinder was down for several months over the winter and this little guy saved my life.

Hario Skerton $39
OE Lower bearing kit $14.50
$1, M8 Posylock or Nylok nut to replace grind adjustment.  
$1, 2 M8 metal washers to replace the flimsy plastic ones.

Do a forum search and you will find several posts and walk throughs.
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 3:09pm
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Six months of hand grinding six shots a day? I understand they're decent grinders, but that is just too much of a grind.I'd rather head off with a lesser electric and keep looking for an upgrade.
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