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Old 10-13-2009, 10:31 PM   #301
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My Dewalt 24v can almost get 21 lbs on one charged battery, seems like I switch it for last two or so pounds. I have an old electric (small) it about goes up in flames after just 40 secs of grinding. It is really old, and small though.

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I thought about using my Hitachi battery powered drill, but there wasn't any good reason. I'm using the pictured antique Craftsman 1/2" 110V drill, which is geared so that it has plenty of power to run the Corona mill. Gets pretty warm by the time I go through 15 pounds of grist, though:

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My Dewalt 24v can almost get 21 lbs on one charged battery, seems like I switch it for last two or so pounds. I have an old electric (small) it about goes up in flames after just 40 secs of grinding. It is really old, and small though.
Yeah, my Mikita is very old, wearing out a newer but old technology battery, which is probably alot of the problem. Enough torque with the right RPM is the story. Most small electrics have a high RPM and/or a cheap speed controller with not much torque - not the best combo for this application, IMHO. I was kinda lucky on my HF right angle drill - it's geared down for lower rpm applications and has alot of torque, as it's the same as what is used on their grinders. One of those cheap, throwaway buys for a single problem and it turns out to actually hold up for other applications...
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I thought about using my Hitachi battery powered drill, but there wasn't any good reason. I'm using the pictured antique Craftsman 1/2" 110V drill, which is geared so that it has plenty of power to run the Corona mill. Gets pretty warm by the time I go through 15 pounds of grist, though:

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LOL, your stand looks like mine!
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:04 PM   #305
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:17 AM   #306
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Yeah, my Mikita is very old, wearing out a newer but old technology battery, which is probably alot of the problem. Enough torque with the right RPM is the story. Most small electrics have a high RPM and/or a cheap speed controller with not much torque - not the best combo for this application, IMHO. I was kinda lucky on my HF right angle drill - it's geared down for lower rpm applications and has alot of torque, as it's the same as what is used on their grinders. One of those cheap, throwaway buys for a single problem and it turns out to actually hold up for other applications...
Yeah, the lower gear, wide open in one hand. A cold HB in the other! My Dewalt is pretty new at this point, but I guess that it needs to be put in the budget for making beer. I plan on using it a WHOLE lot!
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:37 PM   #307
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Hi guys, thanks for all the help and your patience with my odd request of a couple of weeks ago... dog food, grinders and roaches oh my! My husband found a grinder similar to y'all's at a car swap meet last week for THREE BUCKS. I wasnt sure it would work but the "bread crumber" attachment works just fine. Its a workout grinding it up but it sure beats the tiny electric coffee grinder I was using!

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Hi guys, thanks for all the help and your patience with my odd request of a couple of weeks ago... dog food, grinders and roaches oh my! My husband found a grinder similar to y'all's at a car swap meet last week for THREE BUCKS. I wasnt sure it would work but the "bread crumber" attachment works just fine. Its a workout grinding it up but it sure beats the tiny electric coffee grinder I was using!

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Here is the sexiest Corona mill ever:


That's right. 45 degree cut on the end of it, and it's long enough that I can put my leg on one side and my arm on the other to stabilize. the 45 degree cut is where I rest my foot.

Tin foil covers the area where the grain drops, and i bend it so that the grain doesn't go everywhere.

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Try a longer board for more leverage while grinding...nice floor btw.

A corona mill that actually says "Corona", oh my!

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