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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 5:50pm
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Any suggestions for a low or moderate cost acceptable tamper?

 
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 8:55pm
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I am not sure just what you have in mind but Click Here for a Rattleware off of Amazon.

It is simple and straight forward but doesn't feel bad in my hand and they offer it in a couple different configurations.
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 9:25pm
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Precision Tampers maker on eBay makes top notch tampers and specified to exact size
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 4:10pm
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Hai Pham, the machinist behind Precision Tampers on E-Bay also has separate website under the company name of Coffee Complements -- Same selections, same tampers, same everything; the site's choices are a little easier to negotiate.  

I have two Hai Pham tampers; also have a Rattleware tamper (and a bunch of others -- but they're more than you want to spend and not germane to this thread).

The Coffee Complements tampers are a little nicer, and you certainly have a more fun selection along with a wider choice of base styles and sizes.   But a Rattleware is comfortable, well made, a few bucks less, and -- as long as it's sized right for your basket -- will work as well as anything and better than many.      

If you're using VST/Strada baskets, I strongly suggest getting a tamper specifically sized for them.  

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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2014, 9:31am
Subject: Re: low cost tamper
 

Well, it depends on what you consider low or moderate cost now doesn't it?

When I used hand tampers, I had one I paid about $25 for on line, I forget where, it is SS and fits the hand nicely (mine anyway) and does a good job with a smooth, slightly convex tamping surface. I have long since moved to a Press Point tamping machine, my tamps are EXACTLY the same shot to shot to shot, I consider it a very worth wile investment, I bought it on Flea Bay for about $100 shipped, about 1/3 the new cost. Even at the new cost, when the life of the product and what you get from it are taken into account, I think it is "inexpensive" but then YMMV won't it :D

 
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Posted Thu Mar 27, 2014, 4:12pm
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alanmushnick Said:

Any suggestions for a low or moderate cost acceptable tamper?

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My first tamper was a glass jar.

Cheap? Yes.
Acceptable? Even that. It fit perfectly.

 
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Posted Thu Mar 27, 2014, 4:54pm
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My first tamper was a piece of HDPE cutting board cut out with a hole saw, a bolt threaded into the center and some minor shaping.  Anything that you can get a decent fit with and even tamp pressure will work.  I wasn't happy with the cutting board one since it was too tight, but it was just a tester from leftover scrap.

There are many made out of wood, solid single blocks, glued blocks, etc.
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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2014, 2:19am
Subject: Re: low cost tamper
 

DanoM Said:

My first tamper was a piece of HDPE cutting board cut out with a hole saw, a bolt threaded into the center and some minor shaping.  Anything that you can get a decent fit with and even tamp pressure will work.  I wasn't happy with the cutting board one since it was too tight, but it was just a tester from leftover scrap.

There are many made out of wood, solid single blocks, glued blocks, etc.

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Sounds much more sophisticated than my first tamper which was a disc cut out of a 3/4" pine board with a scroll saw. It actually worked quite well but didn't really look the part.

 
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2014, 4:01pm
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Ian Said:

Sounds much more sophisticated than my first tamper which was a disc cut out of a 3/4" pine board with a scroll saw. It actually worked quite well but didn't really look the part.

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Luxury!
My first tamper was made of Legos I stole from my kid.
The tamp was uncomfortable but exquisitely detailed and the Lego logo was visible in the crema.

 
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2014, 4:17pm
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Bogiesan Said:

Luxury!
My first tamper was made of Legos I stole from my kid.
The tamp was uncomfortable but exquisitely detailed and the Lego logo was visible in the crema.

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:D

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