Update review after 12 years. Grinder still works and produces a credible espresso grind!
Positive Product Points
Surprisingly durable grinder, given its plastic construction. This one was built in the late 1990s - the newer Trespade models might not be up to the same standard. Produces a completely usable espresso grind comparable or better than commercial flat burr grinders in the 50-60mm range.
Negative Product Points
Plastic, plastic, plastic. Don't know if the new ones are as good as the old ones were.
I originally reviewed this grinder in 2001, after owning it for six months. At that time, it was an almost-new purchase from ebay.
I have now used the grinder on and off for 12 years. It was in storage for about half that time, but it has had several years of daily use. I expected it to break down years ago, but it still functions and produces an acceptable grind. One new burr set, but that is the only service it has had.
I am quite impressed by the PGC/Trespade grinders. I also have commercial flat burr and conical grinders, and the Trespade produces a credible grind when compared to grinders with much more impressive hardware.