Today’s current crop of premium grinders really offers an all-star line-up of heavy hitters that are built to last, perform remarkably well, and truly offer a new dimension to the entire experience. Be that as it may, there are of course certain pitfalls one must avoid at all costs to keep their product functioning at its optimal efficiency for many years to come. Let’s go over the major offenses a grinder owner can commit so you can steer clear of them yourself and not learn your lesson the hard way.
#1 Just don’t do it
The first tip is easily the most important. And that is to never leave your grinder on a coffee table or out anywhere beyond the confines of your own home and amongst only your closest friends. Cynical a bit yes, but necessarily prudent just the same.
Look, the bottom line is, grinders are not cheap items. Grinders last a long time. Grinders are an extraneous expense that many cheapskates will try to avoid spending their money on at all costs. That’s where your complacency comes in, and where their sticky hands relieve you of your beloved Space Case while you hopped up to go to the bathroom at a little informal party you happened to crash across town. You have been warned.
#2 Big no-no
The next thing to touch on, is not as urgent a matter, but one that will seriously detract from your overall experience in using your grinder if not strictly adhered to. To put it simply, don’t overload your grinder! This is perhaps the most common offense amongst novice grind heads, and is all too easily overlooked amidst an overzealous user’s urge to fit as much material as possible into a single grind.
But why? There is just no need to put more than a modest amount into a single grind and then empty, refill and repeat. And if you won’t take my word for it, just load ‘er up and see how quickly you lose your patience with a caked up unit. Not just the teeth either, but if you get the herb into the grinder’s threading, you’re now really compromising the functionality and increasing the effort necessary to properly use your Cosmic Case. Not smart.
#3 What is you, stupid?
Third up, is a nuanced mention, but one that can literally make or break your grinder nonetheless. I’m talking about the pollen screen that lies directly under the grind chamber. Now many people automatically make the association that, because there is a screen there, it is of course removable.
While there are a few select units that offer a detachable screen, the truth is most do not, and when you try and remove your own screen to either clean it or replace it, all you’re really doing is abruptly ending the life span of your grinder’s ability to sift the concentrated material from the plant matter, and if you’re very unlucky, it will permanently break your grinder outright.
#4 Don’t be lazy
The last thing to bring up, is the most mundane, but still bears mentioning in an article of this nature. One word: upkeep. Or to be more specific, lack of upkeep. Now whatever the excuse is a person may have at the ready, let’s just be honest here, grinders require the bare minimum of maintenance, and there is no reason to outright neglect them due to sheer laziness.
All it takes to keep your grinder working optimally year-round is just a little rubbing alcohol every five or six months and maybe a little grinder grease (shop for it by this name) to keep the teeth sharp and ready to tackle even the most stubborn material. That’s really all it takes, but by the same token, if you don’t take these few simple measures, you’re really going to start paying the price as time goes by.
So that’s it. Very common sense stuff we’ve covered here, but crucial in the grand scheme of the life of your grinder and its continued optimal function. Take heed, and your initial investment will pay dividends for years to come instead of months.