I bought a grain mill a couple batches ago and right out of the box knew I was not going to use the handle. So I started to use my drill to crush grain, but found a problem with that.
I needed three hands ! ! ! ! !
Trying to hold the drill, the top of the mill so it would not come off the bucket, and poor my grains was almost impossible.
I started to research making a stand. Not finding a motor with the torque I liked I started to do some freestyle thinking and decided a slow speed drill would do what I wanted. After placing my order I saw a thread with the same drill powering a mill, oh well guess my thought was not so original.
Anyway here is my mill stand made from stuff I had on hand with my mill and motor mounted on top.
I'm surprised we don't see more Harbor freight drills used in the DIY section. They are cheap and seem like they would be ideal for most of our uses.
I'm gathering parts to build a cake pan pump and plan to use a HF drill with dimmer switch and call it done.
When I was first starting out I asked about running a dimmer switch on a standard 1/2" drill and got different answers. Some said they'd done it and it was fine, others said it was too much amperage for the switch. Not knocking the idea, just relaying info.
I hadn't really looked into it, until now. There were not any current draw specs on the HF website, so I looked at a Few craftsman drills. The draws on a couple drills I looked at were 6-8 amps or so. Lowes.com has a 10 amp rotary dimmer switch for under $15.
Seems like that would be a motor and controller for about $50.
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