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    Sunbeam EMO480 burrs?

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    Hi guys,

    I've had my EMO480 grinder for well over a year now, and just over the past couple of months I have noticed that I have had to start grinding finer and finer to get the same extractions. It has now got to the point that a grind of 0 tamped hard is still under-extracted. I'm thinking that maybe the burrs have worn-does this sound like the right diagnosis? If so, where would one find replacement burrs?

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    Before replacing those burrs have a look into shimming it (putting a very small washer under the bottom burr to reduce the gap between the top burr). I bought a EM0450 second hand and it was around the 1 or 2 mark range for what I would call almost espresso and after placing a shim in there, voila! Nice grind and great shots. Depending on where you are is how you will locate them but what I did was call Sunbeam and talk to a customer rep (very friendly) and they told me where to go locally. I lived in Sydney at the time so wasn't a big hassle to drive. Give it a shot, I don't think those burrs could be too stuffed yet...

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    I agree.
    There's a lot of plastic in the EM0480 and some of it has probably worn under the burrs.
    If you can't get a genuine shim you should be able to find a washer the correct diameter.

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    You can also "create" a shim from Aluminium foil. More layers to get the thickness required.

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    Thanks guys How do I actually do it? I'm assuming I take the bottom burr off, put the washer in, reattach the burr and its good to go?

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    I think that if you phone Sunbeam they will send you shims. Look at:
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/grinders/2...im-update.html

    Barry

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    I ordered some of these through a Sunbeam repairer in Gladesville in Sydney. You can definitely get them. I added two, and it was almost too much I've got the machine dialed way back toward the course end. I won't be needing any more for a long time. It's made the grinder a lot better. And I don't have the link, but there are some pretty thorough threads on here about making mods to this grinder which I found helpful.

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    Sunbeam send you to a parts supplier/repairer who will charge you for the shims.

    One guy is selling them on ebay, cheapeast and easiest way to get them at the moment.

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    Hey guys, a quick update. I ended up buying two shims from the guy on ebay and installing both of them. It certainly had the desired effect in terms of redialing the grind, but it appears that the grinder is much more sensitive to changes in grind size. It gets annoying when 13 is a tad too fine whilst 14 leads to an under-extracted shot. Any ideas as to what could be happening?



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