Baratza Vario grind calibration doesn't adjust

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Postby borisblank » Jan 17, 2016, 7:18 pm

I gave my Vario a long-overdue cleaning today, and after putting it back together, tried fiddling with the calibration using the hex wrench tool. Strangely, I couldn't get the tool to find its socket in the adjustment thru-hole housing. No matter what angle or x-y positioning I tried, it either spun against something flat or angled inwards too deep, once coming into contact with the underside of the spinning burrs and making a hell of a racket.

Is it possible that the adjustment set screw just rattled loose? I use the grinder for pourover, so it was most recently dialed back to give me a wide range of coarser grinds. The burrs were last calibrated just to not touch at 1-A.

I've never taken one apart before. Is that easy/recommended?

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Postby cuppajoe » Jan 17, 2016, 11:34 pm

The Baratza site has repair videos, not a difficult teardown. If it an older unit, contact them about the updated adjustment lever. The early ones had a tendency to move out of position when moved, adjusted, or disassembled.
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Postby weebit_nutty » Jan 18, 2016, 12:10 am

borisblank wrote:Is it possible that the adjustment set screw just rattled loose?

sounds like it to me.. particularly since you stated burrs at 1A setting weren't even touching.

The screw is actually very small so you probably didn't even notice it in your one of your PO doses.
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Postby homeburrero » Jan 18, 2016, 1:02 am

I agree, sure sounds like the fine adjustment screw must have come all the way out. Give Baratza a call, their support is excellent. If that's the problem you don't need to dissemble the grinder, just need to put in a new screw, easily done with your 2mm adjustment tool.

Here's what it looks like:
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Postby borisblank » Jan 19, 2016, 7:53 am

Great - I'll give them a call, run with their recommendations and report back.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Postby borisblank » Jan 27, 2016, 6:46 pm

Should've just contacted them directly, but thanks for the suggestion - they mailed me a new set screw for free, and I just installed it.

All set! :wink: