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    Sunbeam em0480

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    Having problems with this grinder. The small plastic disc in the coffee hopper which in the manual is called the burr shield is coming loose inside the hopper and being desroyed by the grinder. This has now happened twice, the first time good guys just replaced the hopper. The second occasion just recently I contacted Sunbeam who said they would send a replacement (not yet arrived). Could not get any sense out of them as to was this problem common and was I doing something wrong. The shield obviously performs some function but in its current design form I can only see it coming loose again and being chomped by the burrs. To me the this cover should be molded or glued in place . Has anyone had this problem or could someone offer some advice.

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    Not having much response. Does anyone here own the sunbeam grinder?

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    I have had one since December and have been using it every day and I havent had any problems as described. Sorry cant help. Mine appears to be solidly attached by glue or heat weld, I couldnt move it. :-?

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    same here. Mine seems fine - had it since December. Everytime I wash the hopper though I think Im going to break it - but it seems ok so far.

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    Mine is not glued it just sits on the three pins and because of the vibration becomes loose and then then burrs have a go at it. The next one I get I am going to super glue in place.
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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    Mine is quite firm. I used a little force to see if I could remove it but it did not budge. I would say as in all mass produced items yours wasnt glued/welded. Just be careful with the super glue, it would be embarrassing to have to ask for a refund with your finger stuck in the chute :-[. ;D ;D ::)

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    Ive got an EM450 and it has given me good service, I use it as a backup and early morning grinder in my garage now, but no major bugs with it.

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    Ive obtained a copy of the EM0480 Service Manual while trying again to find the part I need to fix my 0450.

    It might come in handy for others.


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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    I have the same Grinder and have now had to remove the burr shield as it did come off of the pins and was broken by the the burrs. I will try to get a replacement part and see if it is the same?

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    Welcome to Coffeesnobs Titanic,

    When you mentioned Sunbeam is sending you a replacement, do u mean the whole grinder or just the hopper?

    Mine has come apart but i was able to retrieve it.

    I noticed it because i only put in enough beans to grind for a couple of coffees.
    I discarded it. I did not contact Sunbeam as I could not be bothered with an item like that which only serves to protect prying fingers. Thats what i think the function of the the disc is.

    When you get the replacement, keep an eye on it.
    When it breaks again, don;t worry about it unless you have kids with strong curiosity tendencies.
    I dont like them. They can affect your burrs if the disc passes through.
    My coffee has not suffered since it broke i must say.

    Gary at G

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    The disk also functions to regulate the downward pressure of the beans feeding in to the burr, this means that the pressure feeding in to the burr set is more or less the same whether the hopper is 1/3 full or completely full.

    If you are only putting enough beans in for one or two shots it wont make much difference (except for stopping the popcorning of beans hitting the lid of the hopper.

    When I was using a EM0480 I found a huge difference in grind quality between just adding enough beans for my coffee and filling the hopper up to at least a third. With more beans in the hopper the grind was much more consistent and the coffee better.

    Peter

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    Re: Sunbeam em0480

    Quote Originally Posted by 69737A716B706A190 link=1201957060/10#10 date=1300069751

    When I was using a EM0480 I found a huge difference in grind quality between just adding enough beans for my coffee and filling the hopper up to at least a third. With more beans in the hopper the grind was much more consistent and the coffee better.

    Peter

    And the manual tells you to do that as well. ;)

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    No, ours wasnt glued either (2 y/o)... one leg of the shield broke off within first month of use! The plastic paddle broke off last week - not bad for 2 years use. Will hopefully replace parts & keep going! (grind is v course w/out the paddle- we use a fine grind. Not much diff w/out the shield :/

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    I also removed the finger guard and fill the hopper to ~1/3 full. If you want to get really fancy, you can measure or weigh out an exact dose for each shot and use a freezer bag with a handful of stale beans as a weight; but I just dose by sight these days and don't notice any difference from having some beans sitting in the hopper overnight. Either way the guard doesn't perform any function unless you run the hopper to empty so I wouldn't bother with getting it replaced... Grinder is ~5 years old FWIW, used daily.

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    It has been pointed out to me that the link above to the EM0480 Service Manual is broken.
    Here it is again.

    Manual has been moved to the Grinders Documentation forum and can be found here: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/documentat...ce-manual.html
    Last edited by Javaphile; 7th March 2014 at 02:39 PM.



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