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    Hi,

    I have a Breville BES820 with a BCG450 grinder.
    Up until now I have just been using the dual walled filters but thought it might be time to try experimenting a bit. So I have just got some single walled filters. I tried using them this morning but the shots weren't very good at all. I've read that the grinder does not grind fine enough but can be modified to do this. I have not done this yet - actually I'm not sure my grinder will be upto it as it has a faulty switch already. So if my grinder is at fault thn I may need to look at getting a new one.

    Can anyone recommend a decent grinder for under 175 dollars?
    preferrably one that doesn't have to be modified?

    Thanks,
    Will

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    Originally posted by Willsh View Post
    Hi,

    I have a Breville BES820 with a BCG450 grinder.
    Up until now I have just been using the dual walled filters but thought it might be time to try experimenting a bit. So I have just got some single walled filters. I tried using them this morning but the shots weren't very good at all. I've read that the grinder does not grind fine enough but can be modified to do this. I have not done this yet - actually I'm not sure my grinder will be upto it as it has a faulty switch already. So if my grinder is at fault thn I may need to look at getting a new one.

    Can anyone recommend a decent grinder for under 175 dollars?
    preferrably one that doesn't have to be modified?

    Thanks,
    Will
    $175? Not really. The only entry level grinders capable of grinding for espresso are the Sunbeam EM0480 - which you may find for that budget, but it isn't the best either. Or the Breville BCG800, this is a much better grinder, but I don't think you will find one around that price unfortunately. BTW: Both these grinders sometimes require shimming, i.e. placing a small washer under the bottom burr to lift it up a little, so it can grind finer. But these shims are easier to come by (Sunbeam sent mine for free), and easy to install.

    Hope this helps

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    • #3
      Thanks David8. It did help.

      Perhaps I'll have to try stretching up for a BCG800. It does seem to have a good review.

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      • #4
        new grinder to replace - BCG450?

        If you're in Brisbane, Brokenvase is selling a smart grinder for $180 in the sale section?

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