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Topic: Time to replace my grinder burrs? (7 msgs / 168 lines)
1) From: Bill
Hi all,
I have used a Maestro Plus for a little over a year.  I've noticed that I'm
getting more sediment in my cup.  I replaced the filters in the French Press
(both metal and nylon) to make certain they weren't worn, and have continued
to notice the sediment.  The grind is the same setting I've used before, and
I eyeballed it and it seemed finer than I remember. I have no idea how much
coffee I've put through the grinder, but I can't imagine it's over 100
lbs...
So, does this sound like I need new burrs?  Or is there another solution?
 Can I buy burrs from Sweet Marias, or do I need to contact the
manufacturer?
I appreciate the input!
bill
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
I've always advocated replacing Rocky burrs every 75 to 100lbs. A Maestro's
burrs would be long shot by that point. All grinder's burrs wear and need
periodic replacement to maintain quality grind. Generally speaking the
smaller the burrs, the more frequent they need replacing for same amount
ground.
But yes there is another solution: replacing the whole Maestro Plus:-)
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3) From: Steve
Bill,
My Maestro+ is about 18 months old, probably have grinded close
to 100 lbs now. I did have to replace the adjustment ring. If you
have the old type you can get a free replacement. I was having trouble
getting a course grind for press pot.
The center and top burrs together are $20 from Baratza, which sounds
pretty reasonable to me.http://www.baratza.com/See Parts & Cleaners, also FAQ
Steve

4) From: Steve
Hmmm...Maybe I should pick up a set of burrs myself, I'll probably need
to replace mine soon.
Steve

5) From: Bill
Cool, thanks for the help, all.  And MiKe, I do believe that I'll just
replace the burrs... but i like that you're thinking outside the box on
solutions!!!
Thanks all,
bill
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6) From: raymanowen
Nix the burrs, just replace the Plug!
The Solis Maestro Plus is a double insulated electric device. That means
that even if a worst case short develops within the machine, there is no
possible external contact with any power conductor.
Hence, it has no need of a three prong grounded circuit or connector on the
power cord. There is none.
I, too, had the aforementioned fines, and I was pretty sure that the
execrable poorly fabricated ring burr was the culprit, BUT! The Final
Solution was quite different, a surprise.
All I did was exchange the two prong connector for a three prong cord
connector (plug). I kept several in my tool box for the imbeciles that had
removed the grounding prong on grounded lab instruments or test equipment.
Surprise, surprise- the only black-white-green line cord I could find were
in a molded assembly with blue-yellow-green wires, Pre Attached to a Mazzer
Major grinder.
The original burrs acquitted themselves well in the last ten years of [*$]
coffee shop use. Future coffee beans could anticipate being precision
machined until I'm about 100 years old, with the new $60 burrs I stuck in
it.
That saved me from $3Big for a Mahlkönig, thanks to miKe's tip
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!.
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7) From: Bill
Alright, Ray, I'll bite, but I'm feeling like a fool... Question:  I didn't
follow, did you fix the problem by putting a 3-prong outlet on the Maestro
Plus or by upgrading to a Mazzer Major?  I wasn't sure...
thanks, i think...
bill
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