Well, I did something I don't often do - went with an "impulse"
buy. Not quite like some people. I actually looked, listened, and
say a few basic comments before I jumped in. And I am glad I did.
This thing is a tank, or maybe a Hummer. True military (maybe old
school or German). You don't get it from looking, but this thing is
big and heavy. 23 lbs. And all cast iron and camo green. OK, the review.
First off, it is MUCH faster than the DG169 Zass. Well over twice as
fast for less work at a given setting and at a slower grinding
speed. They do send a counter clamp, but I found I don't need
it. But you have to hold it off to the side on the top - the top has
a nut that unscrews if you hold it there. It does about 1 g/sec at
drip fineness. I have not played with espresso yet, but the grind
looks very fine.
Adjustment. It does adjust with a bottom nut, but it is so large,
there is no problem just reaching in a turning it. And the
adjustment is finer than my zass. Where a 1/4 makes a massive
difference on my Zass, 1/2 turn made less of difference on the
Hummer. As for drift, I marked the nut and after (count it :-) 2
grinding, there was zero drift.
The burrs do appear to be cut and sharpened, not cast and are about
50% larger than the zass. Oh, and the first thing I checked out was
the option of replacing the cast iron base (heavy). It might be
possible, but not REALLY easy. The shaft that the burrs ride on have
a lower centering guide attached to the lower frame base. That to is
nice. It means at least on mine that I have perfect centering and no
chance to wobble.
The ONLY downside I see is a slightly machine oil smell and the 90
degree gearing is a little noisy. No oil contamination to the coffee
that I can tell.
If I was ever getting close to upgrading to a motorized grinder, this
nipped it nicely for the time being. I am happy with it, but my Zass
is kind of looking at me and "that hormone doped *thing*" in not
exactly a nice way...I might have to use her for something.
At 08:08 6/6/2006, you wrote:
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