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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:04am
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ethom Said:

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What do you all think?  Should you be able to hear the burrs hitting each other with an almost-but-not-quite-metallic shaving sound and then see ceramic dust from the burrs inside?

Thanks,
Tom...

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I think your grinder is fine. IMHO, you should start using your grinder with coffee and only then if you see any problem to report back. A lot of people fail to realize that there are more than one "correct" calibration points. Some people have calibrated their grinder with the macro lever set one notch down from top whereas others did it with the lever all the way up.

Regarding your other question about the situation where the two burrs touch each other, read the following link:
"Re: trouble -- vario and new silvia NOT getting along..."

PS Of course you can always check your grinder's PRIMARY CALIBRATION as discussed a few posts above.

 
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:24am
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Thanks for your comforting reply.  I looked at the calibration slider under the rectangular rubber cover - is that the primary calibration?  The slider appears to be about midway from front to back. Should I try moving it forward, at least a bit?
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:37am
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ethom Said:

Thanks for your comforting reply.  I looked at the calibration slider under the rectangular rubber cover - is that the primary calibration?  The slider appears to be about midway from front to back. Should I try moving it forward, at least a bit?

Posted January 20, 2013 link

I would, yes.  Go here and download the calibration PDF under the Vario tab:

http://www.baratza.com/troubleshooting/

Follow that and it should help out.  Once I did this, I was able to move the macro switch to the top and not have the motor change sound.  Then following the normal calibration, I was able to get the grind to be more coarse.  

Before the calibration, I had to grind at 4-K.  I'm now around 3-E.  I believe I'm over dosing a bit yet (I'll find out when I have my scale Monday) but it definitely made a difference.
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:49am
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ethom Said:

I looked at the calibration slider under the rectangular rubber cover - is that the primary calibration?

Posted January 20, 2013 link

Yes that is. Check for detailed instructions at the following link:
Click Here (www.baratza.com)

Personally, I would not bother touching the 2.5mm Allen screw if I was not grinding for French Press or seeing a kind of problem (i.e. all the settings produce grind that chokes the espresso machine). What is important though, is that the screw should not be loose as this will lead to inconsistent grinding.

PS Matt was way faster than I. LOL

 
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 6:47pm
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My new Baratza Vario arrived with the setting before the machine began to make the working noise.. MACRO one click down from top position, MICRO midway. Should I recalibrate so it makes the noise with the Macro at the top position per many recommendations? Or should I just leave it, as I have seen other people say that the Macro in the second position is best for an accurate calibration??
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 7:53pm
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tdifraia Said:

My new Baratza Vario arrived with the setting before the machine began to make the working noise.. MACRO one click down from top position, MICRO midway. Should I recalibrate so it makes the noise with the Macro at the top position per many recommendations? Or should I just leave it, as I have seen other people say that the Macro in the second position is best for an accurate calibration??

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Please read your manual and do as the MANUFACTURER suggests.

 
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 7:54pm
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Oh, no, Robert -- you can't mean, "RTFM!?!?!?!?!"

 
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 7:59pm
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Oh, no, Robert -- you can't mean, "RTFM!?!?!?!?!"

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Ha, U BETCHA I do.

 
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:37pm
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Something I haven't seen a lot of discussion on (I searched): it seems to be fairly easy to strip (round off) the Vario adjustment tool. I've done it a couple of times. It's tricky to diagnose. It just seems like the adjustment screw gets easier to turn, but has no effect. As soon as I got a "real" hardened hex key, the issue went away--adjustment was quick and positive. Maybe my adjustment screw is just really tight, I don't know. Anyway, it's something to consider if the original tool doesn't seem to have much of an an effect.
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:01pm
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wsfarrell Said:

Something I haven't seen a lot of discussion on (I searched): it seems to be fairly easy to strip (round off) the Vario adjustment tool. I've done it a couple of times. It's tricky to diagnose. It just seems like the adjustment screw gets easier to turn, but has no effect. As soon as I got a "real" hardened hex key, the issue went away--adjustment was quick and positive. Maybe my adjustment screw is just really tight, I don't know. Anyway, it's something to consider if the original tool doesn't seem to have much of an an effect.

Posted February 9, 2013 link

I've not had that problem, but I think yours is a point to considering.
Even a .25 of mm difference on the circumference of the tool might be enough not to "grab on" to the adjuster.

 
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