Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:03am Subject: CAREFUL: Chinese Burrs On Ebay and Claiming Perfect for Mazzer and others
In the last several months, i have seen more and more and MORE complaints from SJ and other grinder users here and in other forums that say: I just put on NEW burrs and the grinder is worse.
Many of us suggested the burrs just need to be worn in a bit.
IMHO, the answer is not the need for a break in, ITS CHEAP CHINESE BURRS. ALL the burrs on ebay appear to be from China!!
You may have heard of the company that now makes what they call MAZZER CLONES. if you believe that, let me show you swamp land I have for sale if Florida.
The so called clones are made by Hey Cafe in China and appear to have been rebranded and sold in the US, mostly on Craigslist and Ebay. The acutal company behind Hey Cafe brand is Elan in Shangai, but the website appears to be down.
I just saw the inside of a so called My Cafe clone. IT AINT NOT MAZZER CLONE!!! Its just a big Chinese grinder that copied some of the STYLE of the Mazzer parts. For the real SJ, the massive aluminum frame is part of the motor frame. in the so called clones, its just a motor bolted in. The SJ MAZZER machines have real torque and use 5 amps. As a result , Mazzers (and most of our Italian pro-sumer or above machines) need and use a contactor, such as the top quality Lovato contactors. Guess what: Chinese machines do not use contactors. Only two reasons: (1) they are cheap and don't care if the switches are handling high amps or (2) the motors are much smaller amperage. In fact, it is amperage. The Chinese SJ clone only claims 3 amps while the real SJ is 5 amps. BUT, in some more research, I NOW FIND poor suckers that bought these clones are having BURNED OUT SWITCHES!!!
The Chinese clones were discussed in a previous post here:
IN the post, it states that the Chinese company first used Italian burrs and BUT NOW MAKES THEIR OWN EQUIVALENT BURRS IN CHINA.
I have used burrs in my hobby metal work for decades. Its easy to make a burr, its hard to make a good burr. It takes REALLY GOOD steel and spot on quality control, two things China lacks. Every metal working burr I have ever used that was any good was either made in the US or EU. Looking at a burr is meaningless.
IMHO, only buy burrs from reputable companies that state they get OEM FACTORY burrs - i know Chris Coffee does. i am sure others do.
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