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    I just bought a K3 Elite. Im getting frustrated by that silly black plastic plug that keeps falling out of the adjustment thingy. In the operating manual they show a "setting roller" in this spot. That sounds a much better idea. Does anyone know if I can convert this and where I can get the parts?

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    Re: K3 setting roller

    Hi Bob,

    Im not sure what you mean by silly black plastic plug. *Is yours a new or second hand model?

    Mine looks just like the one in the photo below with the setting roller highlighted. *Its basically a screw that is meant to lock the grind regulator. *It doesnt actually lock very tightly and you can still move the grind regulator, but not as easily.





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    Re: K3 setting roller

    Hi Bob,

    I just removed the plastic plug. You dont need it there.

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    Oh, I thought it was some sort of grind fine tuner - apparently not. My grinder is new. It is like the one pictured but without the "setting roller" and the tamper and the "dispenser handle" and "on-off switch" are on the right hand side. Where the setting roller should be, is a screw well inset into the grind regulator protrusion. The hole is covered by a plastic cap which I will throw away as suggested by Pauly404. I can remove the screw with a screwdriver. It goes right through to the hopper and seems to do nothing more than stop the hopper from rattling about.

    The whole design of the K3 seems to be a bit of a dogs breakfast. At least it grinds OK but I find the grind regulator way too awkward to get fine incremental adjustments. This wasnt mentioned in the reviews. I should have gotten the Mazzer.

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    Hi Bob

    You appear to be quite unhappy with your purchase. Im sorry to hear that but cant understand how this may have occurred had you spent some time with the vendor. Surely something about this, dogs breakfast appealed to you at the time of purchase?

    The screw is there if you wish to lock in the hopper. If you dont wish to use it I suggest you leave it in place, but back it off - that way it wont be lost. Its not been my experience that the hopper rattles about without it in place.

    I also suggest you keep the plug and store it in the box the grinder came in. It may come in handy one day, especially if you decide to sell the unit.

    As for adjustment, most micrometric grinders tend to need a little getting used to, as does the Mazzer. There is however some slack on the K3T. Using both hands and taking up this slack, then making adjustments will give you more control over making fine adjustments.


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    Im really surprised to hear you describe the K3 Elite as a "Dogs Breakfast" too.... :-?

    I dont think Ive read of a single instance where new owners have been dissatisfied with their purchase of one. Mind you, the Mazzer has its own set of quirks and idiosyncrasies which you may also find difficult to get used to.

    Perhaps you should return to the vendor from whom you purchased the K3 and discuss the issues youre not happy with... Perhaps some accommodation can be reached by moving over to a different type of grinder altogether? Some of the other commercial grinders on the market have been around just as long as the more well known brands and in some cases, a lot longer - As a result, some of these have developed and refined their own take on what an excellent grinder should do, so it may be possible that one of these would suit you better....

    Were all different and I guess thats one of the things that makes this hobby so interesting and involving. The enjoyment of excellent coffee is too important to allow the operational quirks of a piece of machinery undermine that, so maybe the suggestion above could have some merit.... :)

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    There are different configurations for different markets...

    The diagram could really be any Compak grinder and as far as I can ascertain was not produced by Compak. It shows a LHS dosing lever and plastic fork as well as a LHS power switch. None of these characteristics are found on current Australian spec. equipment and the last time I saw anyithng similar was under the old importer, Diamond.

    Fortunately these days, we get a much more user friendly, better grinder and its great that Compak are so reactive to feedback. The roller was replaced by screw + allen key a fair while ago now and makes no difference to functionality nor performance.

    I think its a perhaps just a tad OTT to deem a grinder a "dogs breaky" based on one minor bit you dont like. I dislike a one or two of things about my car, but its still a great car :-?

    As others have said, you can chuck the plakky bit out if you dont like it. I have yet to see a perfect machine or grinder, and what suits one invariably irritates another anyway.

    Buyers should educate themselves by discussing their choices with the vendor and must be aware that a graphic posted on the internerd by some bloke somewhere may not necessarily represent whats contemporary.

    2mcm

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    Wow, it is unfortunate that such a fierce response has been generated by your email BobT. I too have just purchased a Compak K10 ProBarista here in Perth and the manual you get with it is quite an amusing read - it was more generic and it didnt match the new "ProBarista"- for which I assume they used up all the old ones to package with the re-labelling of the model from the K10 WBC. Even the Compak website had the old manual on it until just recently - I had been using it for looking into just exactly what was meant by styling roller!!! Fortunately you asked the question and saved me from the curt comments!!!! I owe you one!

    Quote Originally Posted by 2B746C7A717A767F7F7C7C747877190 link=1269925292/6#6 date=1270104871
    The diagram could really be any Compak grinder *
    I am afraid that this is indeed the exact diagram that comes in the user manual.

    Any way now I have the answer and I have to say that I have been blown away by the improvement in my coffee cup and I reckon I still have a long way to go to fine tune the grinder. AND I am still using my Sylivia until my dream machine is saved for! *I will learn to love it and the challenges of doing so. What blew me away even more is that my husband has commented likewise without being prompted.

    Take the time to bond with ya machine!! You will get used to it - tho as Dennis says, dont chuck any bits away because if you need to get a divorce they will help maintain the asking price!!

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 747711272A2D2334460 link=1269925292/7#7 date=1270112388
    I am afraid that this is indeed the exact diagram that comes in the user manual.
    Fair nuf...

    Must say its a long time since I bothered reading a machine or grinder manual...Usually a waste of time...assuming you can translate the Italian/Spanglish ::)

    What % of Minore III owners have a Minore II manual...Easy: 100% ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6B342C3A313A363F3F3C3C343837590 link=1269925292/8#8 date=1270116497
    .assuming you can translate the Italian/Spanglish Roll Eyes
    thats why I do it for fun not usefullness [smiley=laugh.gif] [smiley=grin.gif]

    and I forgto to ask what that thingy was on the side so I thought I could be resourceful!

    Shame we are not on the same side of the country - sure could do with the level of support on them thar eastern state!!!

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    The plastic plug in question is so poorly made it keeps falling out. Im thankful that it doesnt actually do anything. It says nothing for Compaks build quality. If I sell the machine I certainly wont be burdening the buyer with a useless dud plug. This is my second Spanish machine, the other being a Cunill. You would think I would have learnt.

    You have probably all read posts about the foot thing but for those that havent, Item 6.2 of the Compak installation guide warns "Do not handle with bare feet". Anticipating that some will ignore this, it goes on the warn "Hands or feet must not be wet". What are they thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1934390F5B0 link=1269925292/10#10 date=1270713591
    The plastic plug in question is so poorly made it keeps falling out.Im thankful that it doesnt actually do anything.
    The plug obviously does serve a purpose. It makes you thankful.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1934390F5B0 link=1269925292/10#10 date=1270713591
    You have probably all read posts about the foot thing but for those that havent, Item 6.2 of the Compak installation guide warns "Do not handle with bare feet".Anticipating that some will ignore this, it goes on the warn "Hands or feet must not be wet".What are they thinking?
    That you may rush out of the shower, still sodden, to make a cup of coffee?

    For many manufacturers this possibility would clearly be an oversight. Compak should be applauded for their R&D, not denigrated, for such a thoughtful inclusion.


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    Re: K3 setting roller

    Hi all,

    I was VERY happy with my K3 and couldnt recommend the grinder more highly. Great consistent grinding every time. Also - GREAT VALUE!

    Dont worry about the plug. You just dont need it. It doesnt do anything and it doesnt look much different without it. I forgot it even came with one ;D




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