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g0bez
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Posted Fri May 23, 2014, 3:55pm
Subject: Can anyone identify this MACAP grinder?
 

I found this online, and the seller doesn't know much about grinders (which makes me suspicious of it), but I thought if the price is right I'd take a crack at it.

Can anyone identify what model this is:

http://www.screencast.com/t/ZLxpcyPYMc4W


It would be in the sub-$300 price.
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Posted Fri May 23, 2014, 3:57pm
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I should say... I believe it is the M4, but I haven't seen enough to know for sure.
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Posted Fri May 23, 2014, 4:08pm
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macap 4 have one
great grinder
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Posted Sat May 24, 2014, 6:35am
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jonniewishbone Said:

macap 4 have one
great grinder

Posted May 23, 2014 link

The hopper appears much taller than the hopper on my M4 (doserless). My M4 has a squat hopper. I would suggest it is an M5 or an M7.  Can't tell without measurement.  Seller can read it right off the manu tag under the word:  "Type."  The manu tag on my M4 is on the bottom of the grinder, not on the side as pictured, though it appears to be an older grinder.

 
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Posted Sun May 25, 2014, 10:37pm
Subject: Re: Can anyone identify this MACAP grinder?
 

Thanks for the thoughts guys.

I put in a bid on it... this is certainly either M4 or better. After looking a bit more closely, I think it is an older-model MX (just straight-up MX, not the MXA or MXAP).

It may end up being a poor late-night choice... but the bid is in, and I can't go back now, even if I wanted to. If it ends up needing more work than I anticipated then I guess I have a new fun summer project! (I'm fully expecting a top-to-bottom cleaning and a new set of burrs, but outside of that, I just hope the parts are available).

We shall see....
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Posted Mon May 26, 2014, 5:00am
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g0bez Said:

Thanks for the thoughts guys.

I put in a bid on it... this is certainly either M4 or better. After looking a bit more closely, I think it is an older-model MX (just straight-up MX, not the MXA or MXAP).

It may end up being a poor late-night choice... but the bid is in, and I can't go back now, even if I wanted to. If it ends up needing more work than I anticipated then I guess I have a new fun summer project! (I'm fully expecting a top-to-bottom cleaning and a new set of burrs, but outside of that, I just hope the parts are available).

We shall see....

Posted May 25, 2014 link

Well if it is an MX and your able to score it for $500 or less then you landed yourself a good deal. I the Macap MX. It's a tank!
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Posted Mon May 26, 2014, 8:09pm
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So... I just won this eBay auction for $280 (shipped). Mine was the only bid, and I won it at opening price.

The reason nobody else bid is because the seller listed it as a "Mapac" grinder, even though it is clearly a Macap. It didn't come up on any searches, except for if you misspell the name (which I did originally, thankfully!!) or if you search just for "Grinder" (and if you do that, there are so many results, this one is buried in the masses).

I still don't know for sure which one this is, but I had to stay at or around $300, and in any case, this is going to be a much better grinder than what I could've otherwise afforded!

As it happens, today was my birthday. So I guess I got a bit of birthday luck :)


Thanks again for the input!!
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Posted Tue May 27, 2014, 8:31am
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g0bez Said:

So... I just won this eBay auction for $280 (shipped). Mine was the only bid, and I won it at opening price.

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I still don't know for sure which one this is, but I had to stay at or around $300, and in any case, this is going to be a much better grinder than what I could've otherwise afforded!

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Posted May 26, 2014 link

Once it arrives and you know the model, order some new burrs from Chris Coffee in Albany NY area.  Excellent service.

 
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Posted Tue May 27, 2014, 8:45am
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Thanks for the tip and recommendation of Chris Coffee. Ordering new burrs is #1 on my list (and next after I submit the order is to start on a good cleaning)
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Posted Tue May 27, 2014, 11:57am
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g0bez Said:

Thanks for the tip and recommendation of Chris Coffee. Ordering new burrs is #1 on my list (and next after I submit the order is to start on a good cleaning)

Posted May 27, 2014 link

One other thing you can do if you get tired of the steps is convert it to stepless.  Chriscoffee sells the parts and it's a pretty easy mod.  Again it's already a great grinder but I found converting made it 10 times better! BTW you did indeed score a deal on that thing. :p  For cleaning I found a flat head, nylon and brass wire brush made it a sinch. Run grindz through it every once in a while.
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