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  Reply # 1490475 11-Feb-2016 15:00
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Aargh.  Had first fail with 3YO Rocket Evoluzione V2 this morning.  SWMBO in early morning trance state made herself a stone-cold coffee without noticing the pressure gauge at zero. Needed to coarse-grind some beans, boil the kettle, and use the plunger - coffee needed before attempting repair.

 

To get at the element terminals the outer case has to come off.  Need to take care with this as you don't want to mishandle and damage the polished SS panels.  Element was open-circuit.  I drained the boiler into a tray by loosening the hot water wand pipe on the boiler end - didn't have anything handy to suction out the boiler from the top (ie after undoing the anti-vac valve). There's no room to safely get a spanner on the hex end of the element, but fortunately a 32mm deep impact socket did the trick.  Quick trip into town for replacement element and gasket, fitted it then bench test with covers off to check that it's filling properly/reliably (ie the element didn't blow because of another malfunction allowing it to run without the boiler at correct level) and check for leaks once it's up to pressure, then had the machine back in action by lunchtime.

 

A few observations from this exercise - and ownership so far:

 

Under the covers is really very impressive - the Rocket is beautifully made/assembled and laid out, with no signs of leaks, corrosion, or general aging. I guess that's a reason why they are quite expensive.  It looks like because of quality fittings/machining etc, if I need to do other work on it requiring more complete disassembly, then it should be straight-forward (not dealing with poor quality connectors etc). The machine has been used constantly for 3 years - every day.  There was a little bit of scale on the element and a teaspoon of flakes in the bottom of the boiler (dried, then vacuumed out) - I expected worse.  This is with Chch tap water, so YMMV. 
There was a bit of dust - in future I'll probably take the covers off every couple of years just to clean it out.  I've not needed to adjust either the pressurestat or the pump pressure, they've stayed in exactly the same range as when the machine was new.  

 

Disclaimer - I'm not endorsing DIY repairs and maintenance here.  If you don't know what you're dealing with - don't even attempt it.


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  Reply # 1577614 21-Jun-2016 12:09
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Thought you guys might be interested that Harvey Norman have the Smart Grinder Pro on sale for $199 this week. If you use the code "Welcome5" you get an extra $5 off so $194 final cost.

 

Stock looks to be limited right now (as I guess it has been a popular offer), but it is still letting you order right now, so I assume they are getting in more stock. Offer expires 27th June. (I've seen the previous generation Smart Grinder (not Pro) sell for $180 secondhand on Trademe, so I think this is an excellent price. Looking on PriceSpy it has been as low as $181 in the past, but I guess the changing exchange rates make it unlikely to be repeated that low for a while, so I figure $194 is an excellent price. (Noel Leeming have it for $399 at the moment!)

 

My family just used the deal to order me the Smart Grinder Pro for my up-coming birthday, to replace my ancient hand-grinder.

 

My rig is a Sunbeam EM5600 machine, but I recently got myself the single wall (unpressurised) double shot basket, and the leap in performance was phenomenal (after lots of playing around to get the grind fine enough), but that has exposed the weaknesses of my hand-grinder... and the inconsistency of the grind. Hence the leap to a new grinder.

 

Looking forward to having a play with it all when I get to open it in a week and a half's time!

 

Mike


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1577653 21-Jun-2016 13:39
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Yeh I got this one at home. It works well. I have been pretty happy with it.






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  Reply # 1577665 21-Jun-2016 13:57
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miked:

 

Thought you guys might be interested that Harvey Norman have the Smart Grinder Pro on sale for $199 this week. If you use the code "Welcome5" you get an extra $5 off so $194 final cost.

 

Stock looks to be limited right now (as I guess it has been a popular offer), but it is still letting you order right now, so I assume they are getting in more stock. Offer expires 27th June. (I've seen the previous generation Smart Grinder (not Pro) sell for $180 secondhand on Trademe, so I think this is an excellent price. Looking on PriceSpy it has been as low as $181 in the past, but I guess the changing exchange rates make it unlikely to be repeated that low for a while, so I figure $194 is an excellent price. (Noel Leeming have it for $399 at the moment!)

 

My family just used the deal to order me the Smart Grinder Pro for my up-coming birthday, to replace my ancient hand-grinder.

 

My rig is a Sunbeam EM5600 machine, but I recently got myself the single wall (unpressurised) double shot basket, and the leap in performance was phenomenal (after lots of playing around to get the grind fine enough), but that has exposed the weaknesses of my hand-grinder... and the inconsistency of the grind. Hence the leap to a new grinder.

 

Looking forward to having a play with it all when I get to open it in a week and a half's time!

 

Mike

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the heads up on the grinder- I have the older Smart Grinder and raced down to local HN as the web site said they have them in stock... sales person had to go out back to the warehouse and get the last one :)

 

For $199 if you can get one it's a good price and well worth the money... HN ticket price/Breville retail is $429.95, so discounted to less than 1/2 price.

 

Still the best grinder I've used, bonus is that the new pro model is quieter than the old one (it's one of the quieter burr grinders out there) and better grind amount control by time 

 

I did have trouble with my 2 year old Breville dual boiler but Breville service were great and swapped it for new model in a couple of days, so I'm not too worried about lifespan or build quality of the grinder- the old one didn't miss a beat anyway

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1577674 21-Jun-2016 14:16
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Yeah apparently this model has adjustable burrs too, so you don't need to do any modding or adding shims to adjust the range of grinds available. You can take off the bean hopper and set the burrs to one of 10 settings which I assume skew the grind to a coarser or finer range of grinds (for any given dialled setting on the outside). I'll know better when I get my unit.

 

Hope anyone interested in getting this grinder manage to find it on stock somewhere, (or that HN get more in stock for later delivery whilst honouring the price).

 

 

 

Someone also said Moore Wilsons in Wellington (City branch) have good prices on Breville stuff.... not confirmed if they have it at this price though (but heard rumour they might be $199 too). Anyone know?


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  Reply # 1577960 21-Jun-2016 21:24
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My Nespresso Latissima Plus is working just fine...! tongue-out






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  Reply # 1578080 22-Jun-2016 08:39
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I have one of these , I use it every day

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Breville-800ESXL-Triple-Priming-Die-Cast-Espresso/dp/B00092ZVXA

 

 

 

 

 

and i use this coffee

 

 

 

http://shop.countdown.co.nz/Shop/ProductDetails?stockcode=19739

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1578088 22-Jun-2016 09:18
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Nespresso machine.  Vanilla pod.  Ristretto extraction into 100ml cup topped off with almond milk froth.





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  Reply # 1578177 22-Jun-2016 11:03
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BFC Junior Extra TCI (Rotary pump) and Macap M4 grinder.

 

 

 

Sublime coffees!


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  Reply # 1579397 24-Jun-2016 09:47
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Could not help but to pick up a smart grinder pro at HN for $199, absolute bargain and so far very happy. Leaves my old sunbeam conical burr grinder for dead. Using with the Breville 920 duel boiler espresso machine.

 

 

 

Thanks Miked for the heads up!








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  Reply # 1579438 24-Jun-2016 10:52
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No worries. Glad it helped others.

 

I've got to wait another week until my birthday before I get to unwrap my grinder! Can't wait to have a play though!


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  Reply # 1579909 25-Jun-2016 00:33
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Just got Harvey Norman's latest email, with the Smart Grinder Pro further reduced down to $186! (if ordered online with the "Welcome5" voucher code, that becomes $181). Thought there might be others still considering a new grinder who might be tempted at this even lower price.

 

 

 

Shame to have paid $194 for mine  earlier in the week... but that was still an excellent price. (Price tag on my box said $429!)

 

 

 

Website says $186 is valid until 27th June. Stock in stores is pretty patchy still (many branches with no stock, or limited stock, and only few with any), but website is accepting orders.

 

 

 

Mike

 

 

 

(I have nothing to do with Harvey Norman, in fact this is only the second time I've ever bought anything from them)


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  Reply # 1579927 25-Jun-2016 07:18
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Harvey Norman price tag means nothing. Bought a coffee machine for $350 that had a price tag of $2299. Turns out $350 is what it's worth.

 

Best to check what the actual market retail price is, rather than just looking at NL/HN price tag.


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  Reply # 1579971 25-Jun-2016 10:13
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joker97:

 

Harvey Norman price tag means nothing. Bought a coffee machine for $350 that had a price tag of $2299. Turns out $350 is what it's worth.

 

Best to check what the actual market retail price is, rather than just looking at NL/HN price tag.

 

 

 

 

You should have purchased the 'extended warranty' for $1,949 to make up for the lack of quality cool

 

 

 

But seriously...

 

Noel Leeming $399, Breville recommended retail $429. Breville stuff is just another 'premium' brand that get discounted a lot, generally means they have a reasonably high mark-up so retailers can discount the hell out of them.

 

I personally think (having owned a lot of Breville stuff) is that they are not bad quility for the price, after sales warranty service is also pretty good.

 

Logitech (Harmony remotes) are another brand where the recommended retail seems nothing like realistic and they quickly get sold at discounted prices


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joker97:


Harvey Norman price tag means nothing. Bought a coffee machine for $350 that had a price tag of $2299. Turns out $350 is what it's worth.


Best to check what the actual market retail price is, rather than just looking at NL/HN price tag.



 


You should have purchased the 'extended warranty' for $1,949 to make up for the lack of quality cool


 


But seriously...


Noel Leeming $399, Breville recommended retail $429. Breville stuff is just another 'premium' brand that get discounted a lot, generally means they have a reasonably high mark-up so retailers can discount the hell out of them.


I personally think (having owned a lot of Breville stuff) is that they are not bad quility for the price, after sales warranty service is also pretty good.


Logitech (Harmony remotes) are another brand where the recommended retail seems nothing like realistic and they quickly get sold at discounted prices



Within 2 months I'm onto the third one. First one didn't switch on. Got another new one. Second one's lcd panel died after 2 months. Well actually they replaced the lcd panel, so not really on to third one.

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