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Topic: New (to me) Zass Grinder (3 msgs / 50 lines)
1) From: mirrera
I had been doing my best to develop carpal tunnel syndrome by changing my Macap stepless grinder back and forth between espresso-fine and presspot-coarse, so I decided I needed another grinder.  Unfortunately, I couldn't justify getting another Mazzer/Macap type of grinder for that, both for the cost and the amount of space it consumes.  So, heeding the advice from this list, I started looking for a hand crank grinder.
I quickly learned about the troubles that Zassenhaus has had, and, though I know they're starting to be re-imported soon, I'm all about instant gratification, so I didn't want to wait for them to hit our shores.  I tried trawling through eBay, and most of the Zass's there were being sold from Europe.  I managed to find one domestic one, even though Zassenhaus was misspelled in the listing, and proceeded to bid it up to $60 for a 151 (which Tom lists for $62 -- didn't exactly get a bargain).
After emailing the poster a couple of times, I learned that it had been 'sitting on a shelf' for a few years, and apparently hadn't ever been used.  Having read about alleged quality problems Zass had in the recent past, and seeing some troubling example pics of some burrs online, I thought that buying one a few years old may be a good thing.
Well, it has arrived, is in 'like-new' condition, and has clearly never had coffee (or anything else) put through it.  The bottom board is slightly warped downward, so there is a 1mm gap where it joins to the body on the front and back.  It doesn't affect how it works, though.  The burrs look like they're in perfect shape.
I've put a bunch of throw-away beans through it, and checked out the resulting grind, and it looks nice and even.  I won't be using it for espresso, but it seems very capable of doing the job for the press.
Now I have to go and roast some more.

2) From: Lynne Biziewski
Sounds like you got a real find there... but I do hope the Zass doesn't put
you in Carpal Tunnel Hell!!
I had to stop using mine because it ended up hurting too much...
Lynne
-- 
"Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation.
Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the
muses."
Amy Tan

3) From: Randall Nortman
On Thu, May 03, 2007 at 02:15:29PM -0400, Lynne Biziewski wrote:
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I use a cordless drill with mine, and it works great.  Unscrew the top
nut, remove the handle, screw the nut back on.  If yours is like mine,
that top nut is a 13mm hex nut -- put a 13mm socket on your
drill and go to town.  Even when I don't use the drill (like, when the
battery dies), I don't put the handle back on -- I crank it with a
socket wrench instead.  Feels better to me, gives me better leverage.
I find that on mine, I have to hold the adjustment wheel as I grind,
to keep it from loosening and screwing up the grind setting.  That's
the biggest annoyance.


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