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    Thanks for the advise, I will have another go tonight and see if it improves. Cheers,

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    My M4D clumped a bit until it was broken in. The clumps were soft and easily 'mashed' by the tamper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregWormald View Post
    My M4D clumped a bit until it was broken in. The clumps were soft and easily 'mashed' by the tamper.

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    Hi Greg,

    How long did you need before the grinder has been broken in?

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    It took me about 1 to 1.5kgs of beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri View Post
    It took me about 1 to 1.5kgs of beans.
    Thanks barri.

    I've definitely gone through more beans than that and I'm still getting clumping every time. It's not a huge problem but I just expected better for a grinder of this price range!

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    I still get clumping too, but I put it down to living in QLD

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyeba View Post
    I still get clumping too, but I put it down to living in QLD
    I'd say that's right - I've had virtually no clumping up here from the M4 or the conical, but we're away from the coast and at high altitude, so the humidity is pretty low all year round. I wouldn't blame the grinder on this point, although the speed of a big conical will 'aerate' the grinds more I guess as they chuck them out!

    Don't think the clumping affects the flavour anyway
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    Keep in mind that after you tamp there are no clumps. Its a non issue other than it doesn't look that nice.

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    Hi all,

    Have had my Macap M4D for about 2 years and have put maybe 50Kg through it. I'm the second owner and whilst its hard to know how much coffee went through it before I had it (another home user), I'm starting to wonder if the blades are starting to get a little worn. I find it very hard to isolate this as being the cause as there are so many variables (dose, technique, grind etc etc) but I get so much variance from shot to shot that it has got me wondering. I have another hand grinder (Portaspresso Rosco hand grinder) which I love - it always delivers an interesting pour with much more mouthfeel than my macap mostly does.

    Would my best bet be to take apart the blades and feel if they are still sharp? I'm wondering if wiser heads can point my in the right direction in which to begin...

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    Hi Pretzal
    It is worth a good clean first if you haven't ever done that before - I always found I could taste the difference when I scraped away all the ground in gunk from between the burrs! I used to do mine every 6 months or so…

    But, I ended up replacing the burrs after about 5 years. I could feel that the burr edge was no longer sharp to touch (but I'm also a fussy ex - industrial arts teacher so can obsess about sharp tools!) and also notice that the grind was less consistent and the grinder also less responsive to changes. When new, I could adjust the micro-adjuster around 1/4 to half turn to go from tight pour to gush. When older, it was just 'sloppy' to get in the zone…

    Cheers Matt
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    Thanks very much for your response Matt. I ran some of the caffetto grinder cleaner a month or so ago but whilst I've owned it I haven't taken the burrs apart yet to give it a good clean mostly as it doesn't look convenient to do. I've got the day off tomorrow so I'll take it apart, clean it up and check out the burrs while I'm at it.
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    Well I took apart the burrs and gave it a good clean. I didn't think it was that dirty really compared to an old cafe grinder I cleaned out a few years ago but that's a whole 'nother story ��. Most of the coffee brushed out fairly easily from the burrs and surrounds and a thorough vacuuming followed. There were a couple of nicks in the burrs, which was surprising to me, but they felt relatively sharp in that there was a bit of resistance on my finger tips when lightly dragged across them.

    I've only made about 4 coffees since cleaning it, whilst it's hard to say with authority after such a small sample, it seems to have had an impressive impact. I left the double shot time the same and just adjusted the grind until I got an acceptable pour. The dose seems to be a bit lower but it tastes much much better (not perfect). Unfortunately I'm over the other side of the country for 5 days so won't be able to sample more until I return home, but I'm glad I've cleaned it as the results have been intriguing and encouraging��
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    That was always my finding too - surprising the difference it made when it didn't seem that bad! But then again we shouldn't be surprised- try cutting with a dirty chefs knife sometime

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    I have a M4D about 7 yrs old. The ON/OFF switch on the side has stopped working. Would appreciate some advice. Is the switch easy to replace? Can it be removed/replaced from outside the machine without taking the whole machine apart by unscrewing from the bottom?
    I live in a regional area so easy access to a repairer is not possible.
    Any DIY diagram would be appreciated.
    Thanks

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    Having just pimped my grinder here: Pimping my Macap M4D Grinder I can tell you that the disassembly is very straight forward. You could have very good access to the switch in under a minute by taking 3 screws from the bottom of the grinder to get access from below. It might be possible to remove without unscrewing the bottom but you would risk damaging the paintwork/chrome if you did. It is designed so that it doesn't fall out as it has pinch style tabs on the inside to keep it in place.

    It seems like a fairly standard switch. I would firstly try the company you bought it from to see if they carry spares. Failing that I would try the quote form at the bottom of the page to email all the sponsors to see if they can supply the part you're after. If that doesn't work PM me I have a exploded parts diagram and another company's details. If that doesn't work then there are places that do sell switches like that - I know because I had to replace a switch on a cement mixer that wasnt that different! I don't know where you're located but I can recommend one in Adelaide if you need.

    Hope that helps.
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    Pretzal
    Thanks for your reply. I shall attempt to extract the switch by unscrewing the base as you suggest, then see how I go.

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    I've done a search of this thread, but nothing relevant came up.

    Our M4D has developed a problem where it will sometimes start and sometimes not.
    It is about 6-7 years old.
    It is set on "continuous". However when pushing the portafilter against the button, the motor sometimes starts but sometimes won't.
    You hear the click of the button but the motor won't start.
    If you persist, the motor will eventually start.
    It sounds like the brushes may be worn, but I really am clutching at straws.

    Anyone had this experience or knows how to fix it?

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    G'day mate...

    No brushes with this type of motor.
    Most likely problem is that the Start/Run Capacitor is cactus. If you don't know what that is, then it's a trip off to a qualified and licensed Tech.
    Also, if the grinder internals haven't been cleaned for some time, it may possible be that excess coffee residue could be binding up the rotating burr. Hopefully, that is not the issue...

    Mal.
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    Macap M4D/M5D use and care tips....

    Mal is more than likely correct. Start capacitor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    G'day mate...

    No brushes with this type of motor.
    Most likely problem is that the Start/Run Capacitor is cactus. If you don't know what that is, then it's a trip off to a qualified and licensed Tech.
    Also, if the grinder internals haven't been cleaned for some time, it may possible be that excess coffee residue could be binding up the rotating burr. Hopefully, that is not the issue...

    Mal.
    Thanks Mal.
    I'm fairly experienced with a soldering iron.
    Is the cap easy to obtain?
    i.e. Tandy, Jaycar, etc?

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    Yes mate, it is...

    Just as easy to contact the importer, site sponsor Casa Espresso, and grab one from them...

    Mal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Yes mate, it is...

    Just as easy to contact the importer, site sponsor Casa Espresso, and grab one from them...

    Mal.
    Thanks Mal.
    Cheers
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    Mine had the same symptoms and as the guys suggested it was the SC. I didn't replace mine but had one of our sponsors take care of it for me, all good since

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mono View Post
    Mine had the same symptoms and as the guys suggested it was the SC. I didn't replace mine but had one of our sponsors take care of it for me, all good since
    This waiting for a reply from casa Espresso.

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    The nice thing with good grinders such as the Macap and Mazzer is that spares should always be available and the grinders are made to be worked on and should last decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattgn View Post
    The nice thing with good grinders such as the Macap and Mazzer is that spares should always be available and the grinders are made to be worked on and should last decades.
    word. i can't stand appliance shit with proprietary parts.

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    Casa Espresso, the Australian distributor/retailer of MadCap don't appear to carry parts.
    However the guy who services our Giotto (Espressonics, on the Sunshine Coast), carries parts, and he fitted a new capacitor for me.

    We are now happy campers.
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    You might find for stuff like this that any appliance repair shop could fix it anyway, a capacitor is something used everywhere and is probably easy enough to obtain. I'm surprised though that the importer would not have a stock of these parts as there are a large number of these sold.

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    When I knew that the importer didn't stock the part, I asked the importer what the size was as I could have easily replaced it myself.
    He couldn't even tell me the size of the capacitor.
    But my local guy knew exactly the size, and had it in stock.
    We needed to have the Giotto serviced, so it was a "no brainer".

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    I have had my M4D for a year now and it is a great grinder. I suppose that there is only so much you can eulogise over in a simple appliance but I like the burr assembly and adjustment, very similar to the rocky. Rock solid but improved over the Rocky as it is a worm gear adjustment which is totally solid and allows very fine adjustment.

    I also find these about the most compact high quality grinder on the market and not junk like the Baratza and Sette machines...I will probably get in trouble for saying that but it seems people always running into problems with them.

    My second choice was either the Mazzer Mini or going up to the SJ but I didn't have room for that.

    They also look good on the bench and proportional to my Wega Mini Nova Classic without being too big.
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    We have had ours for about 5 years.
    The chrome base is starting to develop a few bubbles (corrosion?).
    Apart from the capacitor problem (making it difficult to start), the grinder has operated faultlessly.
    I've pulled it apart a few times. Easy to work on and clean.
    Love the micrometer adjustment.
    I don't know how people get by with the Stepped Adjustment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordo View Post
    We have had ours for about 5 years.
    The chrome base is starting to develop a few bubbles (corrosion?).
    Apart from the capacitor problem (making it difficult to start), the grinder has operated faultlessly.
    I've pulled it apart a few times. Easy to work on and clean.
    Love the micrometer adjustment.
    I don't know how people get by with the Stepped Adjustment.
    I will keep an eye on the finish. That would be a bad thing if it lifted.

    The stepped adjustment like on the Rocky wasn't a problem. I think whatever machine you have, you adapt to whether it is a grinder or a machine.

    The stepless adjustment is hands down the best unless you need to go back and forth between drip and espresso, in which case you'd be better to have a cheap second grinder like a Rocky.
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