Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

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Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

Post by az erik » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:24 pm

I've gotten very used to dosing directly into my baskets while popping them in and out of my bottomless PF on my Expo. Any chance there is ridgeless for the S1 or am I better off despringing it? Currently I fumble around with the dosing if I'm holding the entire PF handle to the grinder.
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Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

Post by expy98 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:49 pm

or you can bend the PF spring so that it's very easy to remove the basket, which is what I do...

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Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

Post by GDK » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:01 pm

expy98 wrote:or you can bend the PF spring so that it's very easy to remove the basket, which is what I do...
+1, with the Vivaldi you have to bend and loosen the spring in any case as otherwise pulling the basket out is quite a fight.

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Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

Post by slo » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:47 pm

Same here, I bent the springs to allow easy removal.
But the triple baskets that I bought show very shallow ridging that could be almost be called ridgeless.
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Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

Post by Endo » Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:29 pm

Greg made his own triples a while back (when you couldn't buy them). They were ridgeless.

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I think JohnB did the same thing by hammering it out IIRC. Though I imagine this might be tricky if the metal has some spring to it.

If your only goal is to remove the basket, then bending the wire is the easiest method.
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Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

Post by chas » Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:48 pm

I probably gave up too quickly in bending the PF spring as I never was able to get an acceptable result. I eventually read about and successfully tried LM PF springs I ordered from Espresso Parts. In spite of LM using 58mm PFs, those springs work fine on the S1. The real difference is that the gauge of wire used on those LM PF springs is a lot lighter than the LaSpaz springs so that they pop out easily while still holding firmly enough that they don't fall out.
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Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

Post by JohnB » Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:10 am

az erik wrote:I've gotten very used to dosing directly into my baskets while popping them in and out of my bottomless PF on my Expo. Any chance there is ridgeless for the S1 or am I better off despringing it? Currently I fumble around with the dosing if I'm holding the entire PF handle to the grinder.
There was one "stock" ridgeless that I made by removing the ridge from a stock basket which now resides in the Boston area. Tweaking the spring or going with the LM spring as Chas recommends is your best bet.
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Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

Post by chas » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:02 am

As a side note to my previous post that I forgot to mention, I now have an LM GS/3 and it has a stiff PF spring just like the S1. So I guess what Espresso Parts sells as their LM replacement spring isn't actually the same as a stock LM spring, but in this case that's a good thing. I am about to put one of these on my LM as well since I am tired of prying out the PF with a screwdriver.
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