Posted Sun Dec 29, 2013, 9:59pm Subject: Fiorenzato T80 Mod
I will share my DIY Fiorenzato modding adventures...
Earlier this year I obtained a working Fiorenzato T80 at a good price. It needed some elbow grease to clean up and some mods to improve it's usability.
As soon as I bought it I did the washer-stack-on-the-motor-bolt upgrade to prevents grinds from collecting on the bottom burr. I also bought a new set of burrs.
This week I wanted to convert my grinder to a doserless model (I have concluded that all the handle pulling and extra noise it causes is totally unnecessary and wasteful). I saw someone made a beautiful one using a bakery funnel that looked exactly like a Mazzer doserless model, but it seems the funnel is not easily obtained in the US, so I grabbed a used milk carton out of the recycle bin, started cutting making a simple chute, being careful to create a smooth chute for the grinds to travel - removed the doser and bolted it onto the body reusing the doser bolts. When the grinder first starts up it fires some grinds straight out the chute, so I added a flap made out of shelf lining plastic, held in place with a strip of 3M super duty adhesive. Now the grinds go right into the portafilter, with less mess than the doser! I weigh my doses so I can now easily get the right weight with much less waste than before.
I also converted a chrome travel mug to hopper use (bought from the dollar store) this weekend. Because it has a wider opening, it is more functional than the previous home made hopper - which was an old spice container with a too-narrow opening causing me to have to go grab a funnel every time I refilled.
Well, I admit my mods are not aesthetically pleasing but I think they are not so ugly as to make me cringe in the morning....yet.
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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 2:28am Subject: Re: Fiorenzato T80 Mod
By all means, dump the doser if you wish, I like it because it allows me to grind for the next shot while pulling shots, the doser is a handy place for the grounds to wait for the coffee basket. I ran a pair of SJs and Majors on a dark room timer, the timer was good to 1/10 second and the dose was darn consistent.
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