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Old 12-02-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Motorized mill - Which model drill?

OK, Many of us have motorized our mills, whether Corona, MaltMill, CnS, or Barley Crusher.... After popping my shoulder out of socket for the umpteenth time, I think I want to do the same.

My current all-use tool is a Coleman 18V cordless drill like this...

All I know is "24 adjustable torque settings plus a drill setting for precise results ... One-speed gear (0-600rpm)" ... I hooked it to my JSP Maltmill, and it won't turn, even on the drill setting, which basically removes the torque limiter that is present on settings number 1-24. It's not strong enough, it turns out. Even with a full battery. So, I need to go shopping.....

What model of drill have you guys successfully (or more importantly, NOT successfully) used?

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Old 12-03-2007, 12:03 AM   #2
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You may have to have the drill started and then pour the grain....if that doesn't get it, you may need a more powerful drill.

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I use my DeWalt 14.4 cordless and I have more than enough power. It crushes an entire batch easily. The problem I have is every time I start, the battery is about dead. One of these days I'll remember to charge it BEFORE I crush the grains.

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Old 12-03-2007, 12:16 AM   #4
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The problem I have is every time I start, the battery is about dead. One of these days I'll remember to charge it BEFORE I crush the grains.
Heh. I figured that would by my demise, too, but I actually remembered to charge it this time!

I keep thinking about a corded drill. They seem to be slightly torquier, but I also haven't used a corded for at least 3 years........
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My cordless drill of choice is the Dewalt XRP series. They have tons of torque. Even the 12v one was crazy. I upgraded to the 14.4v one after both 12v batteries died for good. I suppose a cheap corded drill from harbor freight would be OK for a dedicated grain mill setup though.

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8 amp Corded drill. Will suck a golfball through the rollers

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There's really only one choice:

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Yah, but those Craftsman drills burn out after 30-40 years.

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LOL. Yours is the deluxe model, BM -- the Cadillac of drills! (Wherein "Cadillac" refers to a '67 Eldorado with chrome all over the place.)

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I suppose a cheap corded drill from harbor freight would be OK for a dedicated grain mill setup though.

I have tried 3 drills on my victoria mill.

B&D Firestorm cordless 18v - Works fine if you don't leave the extra battery in your sawzall the night before the brew...

Skill 3.5a - corded drill - not up to the task

B&D 4.5a corded drill - works fine.
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