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Embarassing but... Took my grinder apart because a oily batch of beans was clogging the burrs. Got it apart fine but now I have an extra part and I can't figure out where it goes. It's a felt band about 1/8 inch thick and about 2 inches in diamter. I can't find a schematic anywhere for this grinder. I can put the grinder back together but and the burrs turn but won't feed or grind the beans. Any advice would be greatly appreciated...otherwise I'm going to be very grumpy at work tomorrow. Thank you very much. Rich

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  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I don't have the same problem, but I can possibly help, since I have my Maestro taken apart at the moment.  Is it the square felt piece?  If so, it fits between the bottom housing and the black chute the coffee passes through.  If not, what shape is it?

  • richdad Jan 03, 2009

    Well it is round but doesn't fit snugly around the bottom of the hopper - but i think that's where it goes...but now even with it in place, I can't get my grinder to do more than about 6 beans at a time before it clogs and stops feeding beans...the ground and partially ground beans totally clog the burrs every time...and i have tried every type of coffee with the same results...i am thinking about taking mine apart as well...how do you remove the burrs? Not much damage I can do to it at this point because it won't grind more than a tablespoon at a time...Thanks very much for the response!

    Rich





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  • richdad Jan 04, 2009

    Thanks for the help but I've reached by frustration threshhold. If anyone wants this grinder (it's about 3 years old), I'll clean it up and send it to you for shipping costs only (my zip is 21030). Just let me know.



    Thanks



    rd

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Hi Yes the felt ring is a seal for the bottom of the bean hopper. I think you still have a partial clog in the outlet of the grinder. Remove the gounds cup, then turn the grinder over and there is a flap up inside. Open it carefuly and clean it out. Then reassemble the grinder and when you first grind, make it as coarse as possible. This will clean the throat of the outlet. If you start to clog, open the grind to the very coarsest grind you can, and it will clean itself.

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No, wait, I found it. If it's round and is (or used to be) white, it fits on the bottom of the clear plastic hopper. Replace it and you should be in good shape again.

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  • kilpatjr Jan 03, 2009

    Hmm... It may have twisted some, but it should fit snugly somehow.  I took mine apart last night and found only two felt parts.  The stained, white, round one that goes on the bottom of the hopper, and a rectangular one that serves as a gasket in the coffee chute.  There's also a little door up at the top of the coffee chute that might be stuck down.


    The burr cone is pretty hard to get out and is probably not worth it, but the assembly around it is fairly easy to get to.  The housing snaps to the base with two tabs on each side (and none in the back).  Pull the timer knob directly out and pry the housing free of these tabs.  Slide the housing up until the innards are exposed.  Up top, you should see the collar (which is also held on by tabs).  That's the part that has threads for moving the outer burr in relation to the cone.  The big white piece is held to the base with three screws and can be separated by removing four more.


    Before you get in there, I have two suggestions
    (1) With the hopper on, make sure it's engaging the collar and they both move together when you twist the hopper.
    (2) With the hopper off, make sure the tabs of the collar part of the burr are in the threads of the collar.  You can see this easily without removing the housing, since the tabs are directly under the flat sides of the upper burr.


    If you end up taking it apart, please don't forget to unplug it.  I'm sure you know that, but I can't be too careful!


    Good luck!

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