You can pick up a refurbished preciso for ~$230 or a Vario for ~$330 if I recall the prices correctly. Otherwise call up baratza for recommendations on replacing parts. If its only the timer switch then simple decision.
johnmyster Junior Member Joined: 13 Oct 2013 Posts: 2 Location: Virginia Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Dalla Corte Mini Grinder: Baratza Preciso Drip: Technivorm
Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 12:32am Subject: Re: Baratza Virtuoso
+1 on replacement parts from the Baratza website. Parts seemed reasonably priced and they shipped quickly.
There's an instruction guide posted on their website for disassembly. Make your life easier and follow it. If you unhook the wire to the timer switch, you'll be able to run it using the manual switch until your replacement switch comes. It only takes a few seconds once you get the hang of it and IIRC, no tools except a c-wrench to remove the switch.
Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 6:32am Subject: Re: Baratza Virtuoso
I went to their website and orderd the timer assy for $10. Thanks everyone. I'll let you know if that's the fix after I get it installed.! It still grinds great, I just feel like im on an episode of green acres......Does anyone get that reference? LOL
Lady_Croft Senior Member Joined: 27 Jan 2008 Posts: 177 Location: Michigan Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Elektra Micro Casa a Leva Grinder: Macap MC4 Vac Pot: Yama Drip: Melitta pourover, Aeropress
Posted Fri Oct 25, 2013, 7:43pm Subject: Re: Baratza Virtuoso
I've owned a few Baratza grinders and have decided that I think I hate them. I can't even count how many times I've had to replace parts. Especially the main drive gears. i have had to replace them on ALL 3 baratza grinders i've owned. And I'm pretty sure it just broke on my virtuoso too. So that sucks. I'm so sick of these things. grrrr.
Posted Sat Oct 26, 2013, 4:35am Subject: Re: Baratza Virtuoso
Okay, so I received the replacement timer and knob and got it installed. I also spent about an hour completely cleaning it. So at this point Im back to business. $12 with shipping. Hopefully that's the end of my drama with my grinder.
This reminds me of a question I pose to my new hires, (im a corporate trainer). When people go to a hardware store to buy a new drill, what do they really want? answer: A hole in their wall!
All I want is a decent inexpensive cup of coffee......but just the like guy wanting a drill, I have to spend way more than the price of the hole, to get what I want! lol.
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