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    Rocky issue

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    Hi guys, when I use my Rocky grinder I just put enough beans to make a coffee (double basket). Occassionally the grinder seems to spin with no beans going through, they must be getting stuck just prior to hitting the grinding parts (burrs?). *After a little bit of prodding the beans with the end of the coffee scoop it seems to unclog. *Anyone else have this issue? Would putting more beens in the *hopper to add more weight help at all?

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    Re: Rocky issue

    Yeah thats sometimes an issue with my Rocky. It usually happens if the beans are overly oily. The slant on the Rocky hopper isnt the steepest, so they kinda just stick there sometimes. I actually took away the guard that stops your mits from getting chewed up if you stick your fingers in there, Ive found that helps. Ive found, for some reason, it happened more when I first got my grinder... I havent really had that problem since... or maybe I just dont notice it anymore...

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    Re: Rocky issue

    More beans would probably help, but then you have beans in there youre not gonna use... I do the same as yourself and only scoop as many beans as I need - usually enough for a double basket.
    YeeZa

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    Re: Rocky issue

    The other thing that I find a bit annoying is that a bean or 2 get stuck in the 3 holes where the screws are. This is probably not a problem in yours since you removed the guard.

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    Re: Rocky issue

    I find Rocky stopping is related to bean size - bigger beans jam more easily. My method to unjam Rocky is to use a wooden kebab skewer. I slide it under the finger guard into the beans and this gets them going. If I poke the skewer in a bit far, then I end up with a few wood splinters in the ground coffee - no problem.

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    Re: Rocky issue

    Yeah the biggest reason why I removed the guard was cos of the beans getting stuck in the stupid screw holes. I was going to out some sort of cover over then, but taking them off seemed to solve more than just that problem ;)

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    Re: Rocky issue

    ...or maybe Im just searching for reasons to upgrade to a Mazzer Mini earlier than planned.... ::)

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    Re: Rocky issue

    I found similar issues with the Rocky when I had mine.
    I also removed the guard for a while but did not like the popcorning of coffee.
    More beans in the hopper certainly help in that regard.
    Larger beans always required a bit of a tap etc.

    As for the beans in the 3 holes of the guard, I ended up getting some small pieces of dowel. The round joiners used in woodwork. I put them in and left just a few mm poking out the top of each hole. This stopped beans collecting in there and also made it easier to unscrew for cleaning when required.

    The plastic sleeves used for anchoring screws into plaster walls would also work.

    Then again, the upgrade bug is pretty strong ;-)

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    Re: Rocky issue

    Well I only bought mine just before xmas so I wont be upgrading anytime soon, althought with the current pricing I could probably sell it for the same amount as what I paid new!

    I am still happy with the grinder, I couldnt justify spending more at the time. But I guess now I know what to look for in the future when I am ready to upgrade.

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    Re: Rocky issue

    Quote Originally Posted by yeeza link=1202422148/0#6 date=1202425499
    ...or maybe Im just searching for reasons to upgrade to a Mazzer Mini earlier than planned.... ::)
    We have a Mazzer Mini electronic at work and it works a treat. We are not allowed to change the settings on it but it just keeps on working. It gets used many times everyday.

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    Re: Rocky issue

    ....is it an "upgrade" to go from Rocky to Mini? In particular if you do a very simple mod as per the post I did not so long ago to convert it (in 5 mins) to a stepless grinder with tight burr carriers...

    Cheers

    PS. My beans these days dont get stuck - they used to when I would roast them to oily...and if they do occasionally get jammed just hit the site of the body with your palm whilst grinding..

    Cheers

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    Re: Rocky issue

    ozscott,
    Yeah, Ive actually done the mod as well. Made it a way better machine IMO, I was getting annoyed at the jumping around of the burr carriers.
    Yeah, for me its a definite step up as far as, well, it kinda looks dodgey on the kitchen bench with hose clamps wrapped around it for one, and its just a bit plasticy in places. Its still an awesome grinder, dont get me wrong. But even with the mod, I reckon its still a step up to a mini, albeit a small one, in my opinion. Thats me though.
    I like the look of the Minis as well... looks a bit chunkier than the Rocky. At the new prices of Rockys though, it changes things a bit (dont know what exactly). Plus Im being basically handed a Mini from a friend thats basically new. If I was going to buy it outright, Id be considering the M4/5 too.

    Hows the Due treating ya?

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    Re: Rocky issue

    I havent had any problems with beans sticking but concur about the 3 beans sitting in the screw holes!!
    I am still deciding whether to convert to a stepless (re ozscott). I can see the benefit of having that flexibility to fine tune the grinder.
    Very happy with Rocky so far...............................

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    Re: Rocky issue

    yeeza - gday mate. Fair call. I dont use the hose clamps though - just a 9 inch (roughly) piece of black pipe that means you dont need the hose clamp - it hold it in place enough without the pipe...and it looks bog stock unless you know the Rocky and are looking for it:). As for appearance - yep the Mazzers do look the business. The industrial look of the Rocky suits the Due, but the Due dwarfs it!

    Yep - I am loving the Due. Its a great machine. Very forgiving..for example at times my wife does not take the time that I do with the grind and dose, although she generally does, and it still manages to taste very good...and parts are dead cheap. I just took off the cuppa magic and put on another steam wand and it was a very reasonable exercise (part of the last installment in the thread for this machine under Extreme Ms).

    I love the colour of that gaggia!

    Cheers mate.

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    Re: Rocky issue

    ...as for the few beans that stick into the openings for the 3 screws...I just leave them in until cleaning time, they get nicely stuck in, so even when stale they are not going to hop out and go into the mix:)

    Cheers



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