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Old 06-11-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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Found the SS cart at IKEA on clearance... Motor from Surplus Center(plus a little spray paint), spider couplers from McMaster-Carr and my trusty Crankandstein 3D...







Have a possible hookup for SS fab and welding, so hopefully the hopper will be upgraded shortly... Going to try and abuse it tomorrow on a virgin run....

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Old 06-11-2011, 08:37 PM   #2
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Very nice indeed. Collecting parts now for mine.

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Old 06-12-2011, 04:44 PM   #3
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Does it have any issues chewing through grain with that little motor? Can you fill the hopper and then start it?

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Old 06-12-2011, 05:08 PM   #4
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I did the fill hopper, then dump method today... Will try it the other way here in a bit... According to the site, the motor has 40 in/lb of torque IIRC...

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Old 06-22-2011, 05:27 PM   #5
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How's the motor working out? If my calculations are correct the motor is about .11 HP.

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Old 06-22-2011, 07:18 PM   #6
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That looks like the same motor we bought and connected to our Barley Crusher. We love it. It never binds up, just keeps a nice consistent slow grind going while we work on other things. We typically don't start it with a load on it, but when we stop mid-grind for some reason, it always starts right back up. Doesn't get hot, or complain, like the guy who used to have to hold the drill.

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Old 06-22-2011, 08:02 PM   #7
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Very nice build! I have been wanting to upgrade my crusher for some time now and I think this is it. I am ordering one of those soon, I think I will build my own table/cart, hopper and coupler though. I want to stay on the super cheap. Thanks for the idea!

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Works like a champ... Chewed through 21lbs of grain without a hiccup...

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think that motor will turn a mm3 2.0?

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Nice and Sweeeeet! You'll like the fact that you have the mobility for the cart. Also at 40 inch lbs of torque you are right there for a good crush and it shouldn't bog down at all providing you have your gap set. I like the fact you have a reverse on the switch too. I wish I had bought my motor that had one.

I built something similiar last year and love it. My motor has 44 inch lbs of torque and even though I start my motor/mill first before adding grains it has never bogged down at all. Definitely better than using a 1/2" VSR drill IMHO. I have been all grain for nearly 5 years. Thought it was about time to "upgrade". Of course with this hobby you will always "upgrade/improve".

Congrats on your build. Oh yeah, watch out for grain dust. It gets everywhere. Putting some sides on that beauty would definitely help.

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