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    Hi all,

    Any links, posts or tips with info/reading material on how to distinguish when its time to know when your grinder needs attention in the form of maintenance or service.
    I have a MACAP M42D.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Originally posted by gpete View Post
    Hi all,

    Any links, posts or tips with info/reading material on how to distinguish when its time to know when your grinder needs attention in the form of maintenance or service.
    I have a MACAP M42D.

    Thanks in advance.
    Go proactive rather than reactive. There are plenty of video guides on the ewetoob. Your grinder and palate will both love you if you clean the hopper every few days and then pull the top burr every couple of months for a bit of TLC. It's a 20 min job and the results are in the cup.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by gpete View Post
      Hi all,

      Any links, posts or tips with info/reading material on how to distinguish when its time to know when your grinder needs attention in the form of maintenance or service.
      I have a MACAP M42D.

      Thanks in advance.

      If you keep it clean, it shouldn't really need professional servicing. Depending on usage, if you take the burr mechanism out every 9 months to a year or so, and give everything a vacuum and clean and put a tiny bit of food grade grease on the thread, then re-assemble you should be right for some time. If the grind time noticeably slows down, or you start getting really inconsistent pours, it might be time to replace the burrs (which again, is not difficult....anyone can do it)....but for most home users you'll get several years of use from a set of burrs.

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      • #4
        Are those cleaning tablets thingos worthwhile or just do a 6 monthly full disassemble and clean. In a home setting I mean....

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        • #5
          Hardly. They do "something" but do not negate the need to pull it apart and give a proper clean. May as well save your money.

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          • #6
            I never understood what cleaning tablets are doing to the grinder...
            Are they to clean oil from the burr?

            I am grinding embracing low volume - 50g a day or so.
            It means I will go over 9kg in the next 6 months and I can't figure it out how often I should open the grinder for the cleanup.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gerbi View Post
              I never understood what cleaning tablets are doing to the grinder...
              Are they to clean oil from the burr?

              I am grinding embracing low volume - 50g a day or so.
              It means I will go over 9kg in the next 6 months and I can't figure it out how often I should open the grinder for the cleanup.
              I'm not sure what 'cleaning tablets' people are referring to? Do you mean 'Grindz'? If so, they are fine for cleaning the surface of the burrs and harmless to your grinder. But they won't clean anything other than the surface of the burrs. How often you need to remove the burr assembly will vary by grinder. Every 6 months or so would be fine.....but you may not need to do it that frequently.....have a look at the amount of stale grinds scattered throughout the machine when you first open it up.

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              • #8
                thanks Barry, appreciate the info and advice.

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                • #9
                  Has anyone taken apart a Profitec T64? Even the manual indicates to use Grindz rather than removing the burrs

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                  • #10
                    I remove the top burr assembly and give the grinding chamber a good clean out monthly, as Barry has indicated cleaning the thread and applying lubricant ensures the adjuster continues to move easily, I've heard of them seizing solid because of lack of attention.

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                    • #11
                      Ditto for me Yelta...

                      Mal.

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