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malijandra
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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 5:09am
Subject: How old is too old for a Mazzer Mini
 

Hi all, I'm in the process of scouring the internet for a grinder, and have found a mazzer mini within my price range. The fact that's it's in my price range, however, means it's pretty damn old. Really, this grinder has seen some stuff. For 250 overall, would this be a good investment? I'm definitely going to replace the burrs, but if something else happens, especially with the electrics, not sure what to do/where there's a closeby repair place.

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not sure how to evaluate all this. Thanks!
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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 6:05am
Subject: Re: How old is too old for a Mazzer Mini
 

The electric motor in the Mazzer Mini is quite robust.  Moreover getting an electric motor (any electric motor) rewound is not all the expensive (sub $100 repair) and does not have to be done by a grinder specialist, but could easily be done by an electric motor shop.  

The rest of the wiring is pretty basic.
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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 6:54am
Subject: Re: How old is too old for a Mazzer Mini
 

How old for a Mazzer before too old?
I have had SJs from the early 90s that saw coffee shop duty for most of their life. A new set of burrs and they are good to go. If you want to repaint it, then it will look as good as it operates.

The mini should not be any different. If the motor bearings do not make noise (squeal) and you can not feel any movement when you try to move the lower burrs and the motor starts briskly then when turned off, takes a little while to coast to a stop, it should be fine.

 
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malijandra
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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 6:12pm
Subject: Re: How old is too old for a Mazzer Mini
 

Thanks for all your input. It actually didn't work out with the one I was looking at originally, but I'm on the lookout
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Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 10:04am
Subject: Re: How old is too old for a Mazzer Mini
 

Mazzers are built like tanks, especially super jollys and majors.  If you find any working used one, just give it a good clean and new burrs and you should be set for life (outside of aesthetics).
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