Tiny motors on new grinders?

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Laura

#1: Post by Laura »

Why do people pay for machines like the eg1 or monolith grinders when they have such tiny motors? As an engineer, I don't see why these machines cost so much compared to a Ditting lab grinder which have superior components for less. Are people fine with overpaying for design?

For context, I'm in the market for a grinder and been obsessing over the specs and what they produce. The Ditting lab sweet is the only machine I've seen where price makes a tangible difference, both in taste and performance (tasted pour overs from most machines by now). I haven't read negative reviews over Ditting machines but recently pretty negative reviews on kaffetek and levercraft machines. I'm just wondering why people pay the amount they do or what is the deciding factor.

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drgary
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#2: Post by drgary »

I haven't seen complaints about these grinders being underpowered. Have you?
Gary
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megamixman

#3: Post by megamixman »

Lab Sweet - 650W
EG-1 - 770W
Monolith Max - Peak 2000W

How are you coming to the conclusion that these grinders are underpowered?

Prodigy

#4: Post by Prodigy »

This should get interesting quick...

blumes

#5: Post by blumes »

brushless motor vs induction motor

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happycat

#6: Post by happycat »

Laura wrote:Why do people pay for machines like the eg1 or monolith grinders when they have such tiny motors? As an engineer, I don't see why these machines cost so much compared to a Ditting lab grinder which have superior components for less. Are people fine with overpaying for design?
I'm guessing you're not married.
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Jake_G
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#7: Post by Jake_G »

megamixman wrote:Lab Sweet - 650W
EG-1 - 770W
Monolith Max - Peak 2000W

How are you coming to the conclusion that these grinders are underpowered?
Monolith max has a 200W motor.

Nothing wrong with that when it has a 10:1 reduction gearbox attached.

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malling

#8: Post by malling »

Have you ever heard of anyone having issues with the motor in those grinders? I haven't.

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Jeff
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#9: Post by Jeff »

Alignment, rigidity, ease of adjustment, repeatability on making small adjustments and returning to previous settings, ability to adopt improved burr technologies, "zero" retention, smooth single-dose operation.

allegedlybrewing
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#10: Post by allegedlybrewing »

I would personally say that aesthetics/deign definitely play a part in the decision, but you have to take into account some of the other functions of those grinders.

Adjustable RPM
Single dosing
Noise levels
Size (non aesthetically speaking)
grind size adjustment

i would also say that the comment about being married probably is referring to Size and Noise levels but thats just a guess. At the end of the day the Ditting Lab Sweet is a true beast of a grinder that most have said can go between pour over to espresso with phenomenal results but its a big old noisey boy thats meant to handle a whole lot more than the other. Don't et me wrong, my well tinkered Mahlkonig Kenia is my number 1 go to for my pour overs but its a biggen as well.

Just my 2 cents and hope it helps