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Old 11-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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I am looking for a decent motor to power my barley crusher. I am looking for something similar to the old school "beefy bodine" but I believe that has been discontinued many years ago. Does anyone have a decent direct drive motor they can recommend?

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Old 11-10-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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me too!

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Old 11-11-2012, 01:46 AM   #3
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Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 11-11-2012, 02:18 AM   #4
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Barley Crusher actually reccomend a against a motor and a pulley. They recommend a drill or drill type motor. That's what I did with mine. Many people have used this drill and love it. I get to use it for the first time tomorrow.

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I have a drill that I use now, but fairly often I need to refill the hopper and stop the mill. I would like to be able to keep the hopper filled while letting it go. Also, with the drill it is hard to keep the same rpm and I find I often over crush my grains.

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Old 11-12-2012, 01:47 PM   #6
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Just a thought, but if you could determine the right speed, then glue the trigger in that position (epoxy, super glue) - while it is unplugged, of course! - then rig a switch so that flipping the switch on turns on the drill at the set speed. A cable tie might help get the speed close as a temporary device.

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The drill in the picture has a speed control lever and a trigger lock. Its plugged into an outlet wired to a switch.

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How is the drill attached to the table?

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Old 11-13-2012, 12:03 AM   #9
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I have seen many builds on HBT where guys have motorized the Barley Crusher....myself included. I can't speak to the longevity of my mill, as I just completed building it and have only used it for 3 batches thus far, but it's holding up fine. The mill is suprizingly study, so I was very comfortable motorizing it. I used a 1/3 hp 1725 rpm motor with a 1 1/2" pulley on the motor shaft and a 12" pulley on the mill (had to get a 1/2" to 3/8" reducing bushing). This got my rpms down to a working range (215 rpm's) and with the exception of fine tuning my gapping I have had not problems with the belts slipping, adverse torsional stress on the mill shaft, etc. Finding a 1/3 or 1/2 hp motor should be easy. Figuring out how to reduce the rpms is the next challange. Gear boxes are way to rich for my blood, so I went with the pulley route. I have clearance issues with the 12" pulley and the 7 lb. hopper, so I built a new hopper. Here's my build if interested.

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The deal with a pulley as opposed to a direct drive is the 'pull' sideways against the oilite bearings. They will wear oblong in time. However, they can probably be replaced...Motion Industries shows 1300 returns on a search for 'oilite bearing'

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