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Old 01-03-2013, 01:40 AM   #21
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I worded that poorly, my apologies.

You are correct - the thumb screws go on AFTER the hopper is mounted.
No worries. I just thought for a second that the extra depth of the hopper sheet metal was the reason my thumbscrews do not touch the rollers. But I am back to square one I guess.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:22 AM   #22
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My take has been good quality materials but bad design and pathetic instructions. My 3 year old can give better directions.

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:45 PM   #23
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When I first setup my MM-3, I used different settings and marked the end plate with a Sharpe so I wouldn't have to use the gauges again. I started at .030 and went up to .045. Fred was easy to deal with and responsive, but I bought mine when the company was first formed. I found that mounting square to the base was imperative. They didn't have a hopper for sale when I bought mine and I quickly found my feed hole was too wide. It seams like anytime you purchase a product these days the instructions are lame. I do think it's the best mill out there. I bought a mega old skill 1/2" hole shooter for mine. Works great now! It did take some tinkering to get it right though. I just took mine apart and disassembled it. I was shocked to see how much grain dust had made its way into the bushings.

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Old 01-04-2013, 02:08 AM   #24
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Fred was very responsive to my e-mail question. I purchased my mill just before Christmas and it came with the adjustment screws loose. I bought a set of feeler gauges for $5 and set the gap where I wanted it. Setting the gap seems like a maintenance item, everyone wants their gap set to their specification and knowing how to do that is a plus. I didn't have any problems with their instructions but I was a mechanic for 20 years so I'm somewhat mechanically inclined. I may buy some screw with larger knobs on them as suggested by someone previously or I might go with the hex head bolts to get a little extra grip on the adjuster screws. It's a great mill for a great price and I'm really happy with the product and the service!

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:01 PM   #25
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I found that replacing most of the screws with thumbscrews can really save a brew day (ours are hectic - 4 or 5 brews/day). Ours jams occasionally no matter what and we have to true it up. Having the ability to do this without tools has been key for us.

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:34 PM   #26
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We had a big brew day this past weekend and the replacement screws i put in saved the day. It got jammed so bad we had to take apart the mill, being able to do this w/o tools was key.

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:24 PM   #27
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I replaced the top hex screws with thumb screws, and the side thumb screws (holding the roller in place) with set screws. This has worked pretty well.

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