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Old 01-31-2011, 11:28 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a link to the Valley Grain Mill site? I understand they have an adapter bit needed to properly attach a drill to the mill.

I picked one up as part of a great equipment score, but it's without the handle.

Any advice on getting this thing working so I can mill by own grain too?



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Old 01-31-2011, 11:33 PM   #2
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Good mill but they stopped making them a few years ago. The threaded bolt with female hex head that functions as an electric drill adapter is probably something you could find at a good hardware store or through a catalog supplier like McMaster-Carr.



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Old 03-31-2011, 05:01 AM   #3
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I recently acquired a valley mill through similar circumstances. What does the crank side of your mill look like? Mine has a metal rod, maybe six inches, with a wheel for a belt drive. Sadly I don't have the belt drive. I'm wondering if there's something I need to remove (aside from the wheel) before I can just use a drill.

Is this hex bit mentioned something that was included with the mill or just a standard part I could buy anywhere?

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Old 03-31-2011, 01:05 PM   #4
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I've had a Valley mill for 15 yearsnow and it is great. I'm not sure if the hex part is standard but it was on mine when my friend gave it to me. I use a 1/2 " drill and it slips over the shaft and tightens nicely to the squared of part of the shaft close to the mill body.

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Old 03-31-2011, 03:08 PM   #5
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Ahh okay, so it sounds like I might have some after market parts that I can remove from mine. Hopefully there's a more obvious way to attach a drill bit once I remove some of that stuff.

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Any tool store (Home Despot, Lowe's, Canadian Tire, etc) will sell drill bit extenders, from 6 inch to over a foot. They will have set screws at one end that you attach to the mill shaft, and a normal drill bit end, probably with a few flat spots, to go into the drill chuck. Should be able to get them for under 10 bucks.

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Old 04-06-2011, 12:06 AM   #7
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Hey you all think this will work? I removed the fly wheel on my mill to find that a bolt was broken off in the place where I assume you would screw in the bit adapter. The shaft is 1/2' diameter (I believe).

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2020430/6883/Forstner-Bit-Extension-12-x-4.aspx

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That is exacyly what I was talking about, couldn't think of the real name.

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I've had a V-mill for many years. A 1/2 drill works good at LOW speed. The bushings are nylon and will wear out quickly at high speed and there are almost no replacement parts available.

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The Nylon bushings also tend to swell up with heat in my hot garage...

They wouldn't be too hard to fabricate in bronze by a machinist.

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I've had a V-mill for many years. A 1/2 drill works good at LOW speed. The bushings are nylon and will wear out quickly at high speed and there are almost no replacement parts available.


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