How does the depth stay locked? What keeps it from shifting with use?
Asked by July 16, 2020 3:10 pm
friction. it takes some effort to adjust and once set, it doesn't move. works great btw, and makes a tamper totally optional.
Its very firm to make adjustments...once it's set, it hasn't lost its position
I purchased this with my Bianca and it has been fantastic. You have to press with the palm of your hand onto the chrome part and rotate the black part to adjust the depth. The threads are very fine and the adjustment is therefore very precise. You want the spokes to dig a bit into the puck to distribute the coffee and break up the clumps but do not want it to be so deep that it “pretamps’ your puck. There is absolutely no risk of the spoke portion rotating as you are using it - the threads are stiff enough to prevent that.
Another benefit is the automatic leveling that occurs. The black part rests on the rim of your basket and as you rotate clockwise 3-4 times, the distributed puck surface becomes all ready to tamp level. It has improved channeling problems for me because the fluid comes out evenly on both sides of the PF now. You will know if it is set too deep if coffee collects around the edge when you pull it off.
I would not submerge this in water To clean but rather surface clean the spokes to get the oils off. The build quality far exceeds the price in my opinion as a user and not a seller.
It takes a great deal of strength to screw the base in and out. The friction in the screw mechanism is more than enough to make it stay locked in place. I've been using it for a year and had absolutely no issues with the depth changing on its own.
Depth is adjusted simply by turning/twisting the lower part of the leveler. There is no lock, but changing the depth requires very firm pressure/force. Everyday use does not change the depth at all - FAR more force than that is needed to adjust depth. Depth doesn't change unless you deliberately change it.
We love this leveler - it was a game changer. Our tamper is only 58mm but the Lelit portafilter basket is 58.55mm in diameter Believe it or not having that extra .55mm makes a huge difference along the edges. The leveler seals up the edges of the puck preventing the seepage along the edges we occasionally experienced during extraction when we were leveling with our fingers before tamping.