Baratza Vario problem with the levers moving (with shims)

Grinders are one of the keys to exceptional espresso. Discuss them here.

Postby nuketopia » Apr 08, 2016, 4:11 pm

I have an older Vario that I updated to the metal portafilter holder, a new control panel with the letter and numbers on it, in addition to installing the shims to keep the levers on the selected notches.

I'm still having an issue with the macro lever when grinding espresso. It wants to ratchet down slightly, not completely out of the #2 position, but far enough down that it creates unpredictable grinding quality. It does have the shims installed, per Baratza's video. I added a new control panel afterwards, mainly to get the numbers/letters on the graduations, but also in hopes that a new one would hold the ratchet tighter.

If the lever is held in place, it grinds perfectly well.

Anyone fix this? Was wondering if new lever(s) would resolve it? Emailed Baratza too and will get their opinion.


Postby Beezer » Apr 08, 2016, 6:22 pm

They can give you thicker shims to fix the slippage. I had to get the thicker ones after the thin ones didn't prevent the levers from slipping.
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Postby turtle » Apr 10, 2016, 1:44 pm

Call Baratza, they will have the answer to you shim problem.

The issues with the two leers was one of the reasons I no longer have a Vario-W.

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