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Topic: Solis 166 grinder RIP (11 msgs / 284 lines)
1) From: John Abbott
Great find Jim, Congrats!!  I'll be interested in how well it performs. I=
'm
always a bit skeptical and then pleasantly surprised with I e-bay.  Wow, =
for
for $180.50 I think -I- could afford one.  Maybe :O)
John - battening down the hurricane hatches.
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2) From: James Gundlach
A couple of weeks ago my Solis 166 grinder started plugging up with 
coffee dust.  The stuff just packed in and it would produce no more than 
a tablespoon of ground coffee between cleaning.  I ordered a replacement 
burr, $25.00, they say the inside burr is not owner replaceable and 
given their prices on other things I did not bother asking what it would 
cost to send it in.  I just installed the new burr and started with a 
course grind aiming to work toward a finer and finer grind until I had 
something fit for espresso.  It plugged up before a teaspoon of coffee 
was ground.  I'm now back to grinding with the Zassenhaus  and looking 
for another grinder.  It will not be a Solis!  Given the recent 
experiences replacing the gasket on the SL-90, technically not owner 
replaceable and expensive,  I have concluded that Solis does not make 
things for long term service.  After I get a non-Solis grinder, the next 
thing on my list will be a non-Solis espresso machine.  How is the 
Silvia holding up?
     Jim Gundlach
     roasting over pecan wood fires
     in La Place, Alabama
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3) From: Mike McGinness
From: "James Gundlach" 
 How is the
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She be holding up wonderfully... I leave her on from morning eyes open 'till
night bedtime weekends with nary a complaint.MM;-)
Home Ju-Ju Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting in Vancouver, WA USA
Grindin' & Brewin' with Solis Maestro & Miss Silvia
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4) From: EuropaChris
Hi, Jim.  Welcome to the Solis "club".  My 166 did the exact same thing after about a year of light use.  I can still use it for drip, and it is at work feeding my Bunn B-10, but the grind isn't very even.
It ground fine when new, but rapidly deteriorated.  So, I now have a Rocky residing in my kitchen to feed the Silvia.  Wonderful combination.  Rocky isn't perfect, but it has the goods where they count - MONSTER motor and great commercial burr set.  Get it, you won't regret it.
Chris
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5) From: Rick Farris
Chris wrote:
[About his Solis 166]
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The same thing happened to my Maestro.  After about three months it went
from perfect grind to a wide variety of particle sizes, seemingly overnight.
I haven't given up on it; I still intend to take it apart and clean and
inspect it carefully, but I suspect I'll be looking for a Rocky, or maybe
even a commercial grocery-store type grinder for drip.  I already have a
good espresso grinder. (Mazzer Moka)
-- Rick
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6) From: jim gundlach
On Saturday, September 7, 2002, at 08:18 PM, Chris Beck wrote:
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Well,
      I took Chris's advice.  I just got a barely used stainless steel 
Rocky on eBay for $180.50.  I'll let people know how I like it when it 
gets here.
      Jim Gundlach
       roasting over pecan wood fires
       in La Place, Alabama
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7) From: EuropaChris
Nice score!
If  you have any questions as to setup and first use, just ask.  You'll find the doser is the weak link of the machine (not so much durability, but convenience), but there are workarounds.  Best is to get a 1/2" wide brush to sweep out the loose grounds after using the grinder.
Chris
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8) From: Terry Braun
I also had a 166 that went to completely variable grind size.  (I wonder 
if I have spent more money over time on grinders than on roasters- a 
scary thought). I now use my old Saeco that has severe static problems 
(despite water and or cling-free destatic) in the winter and am thinking 
about a replacement.
1. Does anyone have experience with the new Solis Maestro?
2. Maybe some of that coffee ingenuity spent on popcorn poppers and 
barbecue roasters should be spent on coffee grinders. I did attach a 
variable speed drill to my turkish hand grinder once and got a finer, 
more consistent grind than with any of my grinders AND it has no static 
probelms being all metal ....
Terry
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9) From: EuropaChris
Terry, the 166 and the Maestro have the same basic 'guts'.  Whatever problem the 166 has, the Maestro will, too.
The Innova grinders seem good, tho I've not played with them.  I have a Rocky now (dumped the 166 to grinding for my Bunn at work) and it's light years better.  Much better grind across the spectrum.
It's unfortunate, as I like the Solis grinders.  They are quiet and well made, but the basic design is flawed.  The upper burr carrier is just free to flop around in relation to the lower burr.  You will NEVER get a even, consistent grind.
Beware on the Innova doserless grinders.  A friend has a MiniMoka grinder, which is almost the exact same grinder.  It makes a horrid mess due to static.  As the portafilter fills, the grinder starts to put out little balls of static-attracted grounds.  These hit the portfilter and bounce out due to other static balls.  Soon there is coffee literally jumping all over.  What a mess.  Doserless seems like a good idea, but in practice, I'm not so sure.
Chris
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10) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
"Does anyone have experience with the new Solis Maestro?"
Terry, we have the Solis Maestro for about 9 months now and love it. Be
careful; *$ sells a grinder that looks similar to the Maestro, uses some
identical parts, but the design is not identical.
The Maestro has a 50% increase in range of grind, enabling people to grind
for espresso to French Press.  The Starbucks grinder is usually set for a
course grind and has trouble getting fine enough for espresso.  The area
where the ground
coffee drops is also better in the Maestro -- the user to grind directly
into a portafilter. The
Maestro has a front mounted microswitch for precise grinding quantity, which
works great when grinding into a portafilter.
Hope this helps -- Lubos
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11) From: James Gundlach
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On Monday, September 9, 2002, at 12:20 AM, John Abbott wrote:
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performs. 
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e-bay.  
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The people who were selling the Rocky were also selling a Miss Silvia.  =
Both the Rocky and Silvia were described as 6 months old and hardly ever =
used.  I suspect they bought good equipment but never really learned how =
to operate it and did not get good coffee.  They still have the boxes 
and instructions with them.  I was first interested in it because they =
listed their location as "auburn" and I assumed that it was Auburn, 
Alabama so I thought I would be able to pick it up today as well as save =
on shipping.  I e-mailed and asked if they allowed local pick-up, they =
said yes.  Then, after I placed the bid,  I remembered that there were =
other Auburns in the world so I e-mailed back to see which Auburn.  It =
turns out they live in Auburn California.  I stuck with the bid anyway =
and I guess it will be an 8 day shipping just like Tom's coffee.
Jim Gundlach
exercising on a Zass for several more days
in La Place, Alabama.
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On Monday, September 9, 2002, at 12:20 AM, John Abbott wrote:
0000,0000,0000Great find Jim,
Congrats!!  I'll be interested in how well it performs. I'm always a
bit skeptical and then pleasantly surprised with I e-bay.  Wow, for
for $180.50 I think -I- could afford one.  Maybe :O)
 
The people who were selling the Rocky were also selling a Miss Silvia. =
Both the Rocky and Silvia were described as 6 months old and hardly
ever used.  I suspect they bought good equipment but never really
learned how to operate it and did not get good coffee.  They still
have the boxes and instructions with them.  I was first interested in
it because they listed their location as "auburn" and I assumed that
it was Auburn, Alabama so I thought I would be able to pick it up
today as well as save on shipping.  I e-mailed and asked if they
allowed local pick-up, they said yes.  Then, after I placed the bid, 
I remembered that there were other Auburns in the world so I e-mailed
back to see which Auburn.  It turns out they live in Auburn
California.  I stuck with the bid anyway and I guess it will be an 8
day shipping just like Tom's coffee.   
Jim Gundlach
exercising on a Zass for several more days
in La Place, Alabama.
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