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Old 03-20-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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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.
















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Old 03-20-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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Looks good, not sure about the Corona box but it appears you are ready to fill up those empty carboys now!

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The 6 gallon carboy was just emptied and the 3 gallon carboy does not get much use.

As for the Corona Bottles I use them to bottle a couple from each batch to check clarity.

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The 6 gallon carboy was just emptied and the 3 gallon carboy does not get much use.

As for the Corona Bottles I use them to bottle a couple from each batch to check clarity.
I could put your 3 gallon to use... if only you lived closer lol

Cool i never thought about using clear bottles to check clarity, ive always just poured one
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The 6 gallon carboy was just emptied and the 3 gallon carboy does not get much use.

As for the Corona Bottles I use them to bottle a couple from each batch to check clarity.
DUDE make the apple wine with that 3gal
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That is one big-ass drill. What kind is it. Like the stand.

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The drill is from Harbor Freight. 1/2 inch slow speed.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html

The stand is from stuff i had saved in my shop from other projects.

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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.

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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.
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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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