We had the same pepper grinder for almost 20 years...one of the Lucite types with the silver adjustment ball on the top. It was really difficult to crank, didn't put out a lot of pepper, and left a pepper ring wherever you left it. I bought this yesterday, and I love it. It's smooth and quickly puts out a lot of pepper, and you can adjust the grind with a switch. It sitst upside down, so no pepper trail is left behind. It's great.
I was tired of using the type of pepper mill that is commonly found in"grocery" stores.I was very pleased with this "oxo" pepper mill.This mill has an adjustable button that goes from fine to coarse.I have not had any problems with it and it is very well made.