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Old 08-03-2010, 08:51 PM   #11
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Thanks alot guys, I appreciate it.

One can always adjust the speed by purchasing bigger wheels, and longer pulleys (obviously with a new mill base) correct?

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:52 PM   #12
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I just got a 1/4hp motor on ebay for about $45 shipped. You will want a faster motor anyway. 117rpm is not that fast. Most people spin their mills around 300-400 rpm.

Here is where I got mine. Ebay Store It spins at 1725rpm. I got a 10 inch wheel for the mill and a 21/4 inch pully for the motor. So It will spin the mill around 350rpm.
My motorized mill runs at only 115 rpm and will crush about 2 lbs/minute, but I'm using one of the smallest mills, the Phil Mill I. A mill with wider rollers running at that speed could probably double that rate or more. I actually prefer the slower speed as it produces almost no dust at all. The relatively slow mill speed is not even a minor inconvenience. I fill the hopper and let it run while I do something else. I never find myself waiting for the mill to finish cranking out the grist.
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Where did you purchase your mill from Brewmoor?

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:58 PM   #14
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I purchased mine direct. Link. They have a barebones option if you plan to make your own hopper and base.

I got the gear drive option and the case hardened rollers, as well as the steel base. I am putting a 50 pound hopper on a frame I am building for it. I will be able to slide a 20 gallon Brute bucket under it. I will be milling about 100 pounds of grain each time I use it.

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Old 08-04-2010, 04:59 AM   #15
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You definitely have to put some pictures up once you're done with that 50 pound hopper.

What's the different between the gear driven option and the non-gear? Also, what are the benefits of having case hardened rollers?

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Also, you think this is a good motor? And does it look reliable?

http://cgi.ebay.com/MARATHON-3-PHASE...item4151005fd0

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Also, you think this is a good motor? And does it look reliable?

http://cgi.ebay.com/MARATHON-3-PHASE...item4151005fd0
Absolutely not! That's a 3-phase motor. It's very unlikely that you have three phase service to your home. Perhaps you do, but I seriously doubt it. A single phase 110v AC motor is what you want to look for. A gearmotor would be ideal if you can find one with desired power requirements, rpm and torque at a reasonable price. The easiest and most economical way to go would be to use a drill motor, regardless of what Jack S. has to say about them. You will want a low rpm drill motor with a lot of torque, but these can be had at Harbor Freight for cheap. If you go with a drill motor, I would suggest configuring it so that the drill is supported. It's not good to have a heavy drill motor just hanging from the mill shaft as this can result in excessive wear on the mill shaft bushings. Supporting the motor should not be at all difficult to do.

This one would get the job done: http://www.harborfreight.com/power-t...ill-93632.html
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How would these motors work? Or these? Or this?

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How would these motors work? Or these? Or this?
You could probably make any of those work, but keep in mind that you will be paying shipping. You will also have to buy sheaves and a belt for the drive and speed reduction. Add all that up and it will probably exceed the cost of the Harbor Freight drill motor. I would not go that way, but that's JMO as usual.
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I prefer a motor. I may be dragging this thing back and forth between homes, and I like all my pieces in one place. That's just how I am. I would probably end up leaving the harbor freight drill at home.

I've been hearing alot of good things about that drill, though...

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