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Topic: American-made hand mills (11 msgs / 163 lines)
1) From:
     I am happy with my Zass, but can anyone refer me to an American-made hand-operated burr grinder?
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2) From: Michael Wascher
Look for grain mills, hand-cranked cast metal clamp/bolt to a surface
grinders. A large farm store near an Amish community in Ohio carried them.
I'm sure you can find something online too.
--MikeW
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3) From: Bill
not sure that we should post a link to any products, i think that might be
considered direct competition to what Tom's trying to sell... and this is a
list paid for by sweet maria's.  wow, i can't believe i just referenced
rules.  that might be a first for me!
i had been looking at a few hand-crank grain mills, and most with steel
burrs said they could do coffee...but that was above the $150 mark.
bill
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4) From: Paul Helbert
I've been wondering about antique US made grinders. Any known to be
particularly good? / Bad?
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5) From: Rich
Go to eBay and look in the antique grinder bin.  there are grain mills 
hiding in there and thy have been built the same way for a long time. 
Usually only listed as a "grinder" and not coffee or grain.
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6) From: Brett Mason
Try here... at least to learn about them.http://www.oldcoffeegrinders.com/I have an old American made, no-name grinder.  The mechanism pounds the
beans more than shaves them, so I get a lot of fines.  Still looks nice in
my collection.  At heart, it's not a Zass.
Family friends of mine have an old Arcade box mill, and it grinds in
terrific fashion, very few grinds. I had taken home-roasted beans to their
house, asked if they had a grinder, and they said "No".  I looked on their
shelves, and asked about the box mill - they said that was just a
decoration.  So we ground with it - they were amazed.  Actually I was too...
Brett
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7) From: Brett Mason
BY THE WAY - this guys pricing is out of this world....
TO ME, none of his items are worth the prices he has put.
Buy from Tom at Sweet Marias, and be happy!
Your Mileage May Vary,
Brett
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8) From: Barry Luterman
Most of the Zasses I picked up are the same way. They were always considered
a decoration. I have one that I estimate to be between 60 and 80 years old
and was never used. Cost 9.99 on e-bay with 10.00 shipping.
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9) From: Paul Helbert
Yeah, I'd be unlikely to find a cheap Zass on eBay with all you folks
looking, too; so might just to have to wait until SM gets a new batch in.
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chocolate.
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10) From: Rich
Depending on the brand, they work fine.
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11) From: Allon Stern
I've got a crappy old one, looks pretty but grind is all over the place.
Got it from my parents, who were getting rid of it.
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allon
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