Aperture82 Senior Member Joined: 29 Jul 2013 Posts: 21 Location: Dallas, TX Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Jun 10, 2014, 10:10pm Subject: Mazzer Rio Major
Does anyone have any good info on this grinder? How could I tell it's the rebadged major vs a SJ? Would this be appropriate for home use (standard outlets/circuits)? What should I look/ask about if purchasing used? Cosmetically, it doesn't look that great, but if all the parts are in working order?
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,675 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Jun 12, 2014, 6:12am Subject: Re: Mazzer Rio Major
The Major is the step up from the SJ and it is a nice step too in my H.O. The major has cooling slots in the side near the burr chamber while the SJ does not. The Major is also a bit bigger than the SJ is and when they are side by side, it is easy to see.
If it turns on and runs, if the bearings sound OK (no grinding noises) and it coasts to a stop rather than having the burrs stop instantly then likely it is in just fine shape regardless of how it looks. They are pretty much bullet proof and most ugly ones from commercial service only need a new set of burrs to be in good operating condition. A paint job tends to make them look better again but to do it right, you need to disassemble the grinder pretty far but it is not hard to do.
If the makers tag is on it, it will say Major or Super Jolly. For a novice that is the easiest way to tell them apart.
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