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    Gear reduction grinders

    "Gear reduction grinders work with a set of gears that turn the speed of a high-speed motor into slow-speed burrs with the power to grind without getting bogged down, even on a very fine grind."

    I've been wondering about the reliability of these grinders as opposed to direct drive, seems to me that gearing introduces another level of mechanical complexity that may eventually cause problems or fail.

    What are the thoughts or experiences of others re geared V direct drive?

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    Both my grinder and my roaster have gear reduction boxes. Both have motors spinning at 1380 rpm and the grinder is reduced down to 350 rpm while my roaster runs at just 46 rpm. Both gearboxes are stilling running perfectly. As a case in point, the roaster has done a few thousand batches and even with high ambient temps around the gearbox it has never had a hiccup and I expect it to still be running just fine many years down the road as well. They build these things super strong after all.

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    • #3
      What type of grinder do you have? the only geared grinders I've seen are those using nylon/plastic gearing, they don't seem all that durable to me.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Yelta View Post
        Gear reduction grinders

        I've been wondering about the reliability of these grinders as opposed to direct drive, seems to me that gearing introduces another level of mechanical complexity that may eventually cause problems or fail.

        What are the thoughts or experiences of others re geared V direct drive?
        Mazzer Robur has a gearbox -- very reliable.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ASchecter View Post
          Mazzer Robur has a gearbox -- very reliable.
          They certainly have a good reputation.

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          • #6
            Any large conical grinder will have a reduction gearbox, generally they spin at about 400 rpm compared to the 12-1300 of a flat burr. They are generally planetary type gearboxes so it is nigh on impossible to break them, as three pairs of teeth are constantly meshing. I rebuilt a Robur that had attempted to grind a stainless bolt, it bent the rotor burr mounting shaft (12mm steel) but didn't shear off any teeth or wreck the motor.

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            • #7
              Gear reduction grinders

              La San Marco conical is geared down to 400 rpm. I've never seen any issue

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Yelta View Post
                What type of grinder do you have? the only geared grinders I've seen are those using nylon/plastic gearing, they don't seem all that durable to me.
                I have a La San Marco SM TK

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                • #9
                  Gear reduction grinders

                  Good choice Vinitasse ;-)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Vinitasse View Post
                    I have a La San Marco SM TK
                    Hmmm, have to admit ignorance to the brand name, an obvious gap in my coffee education

                    Google tells me it's an impressive high end conical, check out the quality .pdf http://www.lasanmarco.it/media/broch...7_LK_TK_UK.pdf I imagine the retail of almost $2k would seriously limit the number of home owners.

                    Nice to see something at the top end after what seems to be a constant diet (lately) of Sunbeam and Breville appliances.

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                    • #11
                      Gear reduction grinders

                      It's a commercial conical, very few people would want something that large at home. It's a ripper grinder though, I wish I had the bench space at home, just have to resign myself to using it at work

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                      • #12
                        I'm lucky in that my home and my roastery share the same address and therefore any toys I buy for work also end up being toys for home

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                        • #13
                          Gear reduction grinders

                          Once the kids grow up Im sure ill have a lot more space for toys.... Just 16 years to go

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                          • #14
                            I have a belt drive Versalab that uses gear reduction. The coffee is great, the belt is very reliable, it slips if there's a stone in the grinder (preferable to grinding away the burrs), otherwise it's faultless.

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