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    Sunbeam EM0480 Grinder - re-assembly of hopper base.

    My Breville smart grinder has, as expected after after just 4 years, worn out its impeller and thus ground to a halt. As an interim measure, a friend has lent me an old Sunbeam EM 0480 grinder. As it hadn't been used for ages, I removed the hopper to clean it, as well as the base because the blades which stop the coffee falling out when you remove it from the grinder body had stuck open, jammed with old coffee grounds. The bottom comes off with 2 screws, and unfortunately I was rather careless and allowed the blades and springs to fall out before I had checked how they were fitted. I now can't see how and where exactly the springs are located.

    Can anyone explain to me how it goes back together? Grateful for any advice.

    Allen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erimus View Post
    Google or Utube is your best friend here.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5f3Dfa7ZD4
    Thanks, I've been hunting on YouTube, but unfortunately none of the demo's show how to put the hopper base together again, which is my problem. I just can't see where the two springs are placed to control the two shutter blades.

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    This help?

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    Indeed it does! I now see that the plastic pins on the shutter blades have broken off. There are holes there instead. No wonder the springs fell out and I couldn’t see how they went back. Many thanks.

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    Perhaps you could try drilling suitable sized holes in the shutters where the pins were and glueing in new plastic pins.
    Plastic knitting needles could be a suitable source of plastic rod. Super glue, 2 pack epoxy or hot-melt glue may work to hold them in place.

    Another solution could be to use short screws in place of the plastic pins - their diameter would not need to match the broken pins but the heads may need to be countersunk slightly into the shutter to provide clearance.
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    Good thought. It would be a perfect job for that 5 second glue which sets using ultra-violet light. $16 at Australia Post. I have found it most effective and amazingly strong as long as the joint has some transparency. Best glue ever. Same thing that dentists use (well, sort of). Now to find a tiny knitting needle which would be perfect.

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    That glue sounds good - I hadn't heard of it although I have used UV cure fg resin for surfboard repairs.

    Just a word of warning about drilling the plastic though - it can be a bit tricky as it tends to grab and crack easily.

    I wonder what happened to the original pins - I guess they went through the grinder with the beans!

    Also, the local op-shops may be a good place to look for s.h. knitting needles.

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