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Topic: Solis Master 5000 modification (3 msgs / 141 lines)
1) From: Jim Whitesell
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I have two of these, one at home and one at work and they are great,  
especially for the visitor to whom you can offer a cup of coffee on  
the fly.
The ONLY problem I have with them is how do you get old coffee beans  
out of the hopper? The lawyers have insisted on a plastic shield that  
prevents you from sticking your finger in the grinder but it also  
prevents you from easily removing old beans. (To be fair, the shield  
also serves to direct beans that jump up out of the grinder back  
down, but this only happens when the hopper is almost empty.)
You can add only enough beans for a cup or two at a time but that  
sort of defeats the idea of "push and drink".
If you remove the screw from the front of the hopper, you can not  
remove the plastic shield---the grind adjustment knob gets in the way  
of releasing the two plastic tabs at the back of the shield that hold  
it to the main part of the shield. (If you remove both screws and  
lift the whole plastic bin, you will dump the beans into the guts of  
the Solis).
So, to my mod, with a Dremel tool with a cutting wheel. With the bin  
empty (however you get to this state), remove both screws, remove the  
bin, turn the bin over and cut off the ends of the plastic tabs that  
fit through the slots of the bin. Do NOT remove too much, you want  
enough left to still keep the shield in place but shorten them enough  
that the grind adjustment knob does not prevent removal of the  
shield. If you do not remove enough the first time, you can always go  
back and take off a bit more.
That done, you will be able to use a cordless vac to suck up almost  
all of old beans that may remain after a long weekend. Beats grinding  
the beans and making coffee to get rid of them as that just puts  
miles on the machine.
Jim Whitesell--Chemist from La Jolla
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I have two of these, one at home =
and one at work and they are great, especially for the visitor to whom =
you can offer a cup of coffee on the fly.
The ONLY problem I have = with them is how do you get old coffee beans out of the hopper? The = lawyers have insisted on a plastic shield that prevents you from = sticking your finger in the grinder but it also prevents you from easily = removing old beans. (To be fair, the shield also serves to direct beans = that jump up out of the grinder back down, but this only happens when = the hopper is almost empty.)
You can add only enough = beans for a cup or two at a time but that sort of defeats the idea of = "push and drink".
If you remove the screw = from the front of the hopper, you can not remove the plastic = shield---the grind adjustment knob gets in the way of releasing the two = plastic tabs at the back of the shield that hold it to the main part of = the shield. (If you remove both screws and lift the whole plastic bin, = you will dump the beans into the guts of the Solis).
So, to my mod, with a = Dremel tool with a cutting wheel. With the bin empty (however you get to = this state), remove both screws, remove the bin, turn the bin over and = cut off the ends of the plastic tabs that fit through the slots of the = bin. Do NOT remove too much, you want enough left to still keep the = shield in place but shorten them enough that the grind adjustment knob = does not prevent removal of the shield. If you do not remove enough the = first time, you can always go back and take off a bit = more.
That = done, you will be able to use a cordless vac to suck up almost all of = old beans that may remain after a long weekend. Beats grinding the beans = and making coffee to get rid of them as that just puts miles on the = machine.


Jim Whitesell--Chemist from La = Jolla

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2) From: raymanowen
"...this only happens when the hopper is almost empty."
Even when I first started using my new Solis grinder, it struck me that the
reason for the conical hopper is to funnel the beans into the grinding
mechanism. My eye-hand coordination is not so good that I could do without
the funnel.
And, the hopper makes a good handhold to turn the grind adjustment ring on
the Maestro Plus.
Why is the romantic grinder pictured with a hopper full of stale beans? And
why do we have to buy into the farce?
The hopper sure doesn't look like a good storage bin. There is actually
nothing about fresh coffee that corresponds with any type of "storage,"
either in a hopper or doser. Fie on dosers. Egad- fine ground coffee
relaxing in an Oxygen bath becoming just ground coffee.
For push button convenience, there are coffee machines. Filter Fresh has an
innovative design that comprises a nice pressure brew stage with a fresh
grind for each cup.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
The Grinder is the Primary Implement - Hoover will clean it all out.
On 12/7/06, Jim Whitesell  wrote:
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3) From:
Jim:
I have a 5K and simply took off the two screws that hold the plastic lid. I have actually left out the front screw so I just need to take off the back one. My small shop vac pulls out all beans, I have a small adaptor, with a smaller round tip I got at wall world.
ginny
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