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Old 06-22-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Harborfreight drill for grain mill

I have read that many people are using these drills to power their grain mills.

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

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-47991.html

My question is with these HF drills, is there enough torque, are people having any trouble with their mills jamming? I'm planning on scooping one after work today to build a mill this weekend. It seems like a no-brainer when comparing the drill to a motor with all the pulleys. (Even though that would probably be a fun project) It seems much easier and much cheaper.

Also for any that have one do the drills come with an auto trigger lock or what are people using to keep it spinning? Zip tie?

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Old 06-22-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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I have one of these drills powering my MM2 and it rips. It doesn't bog a bit, even when milling hard stuff like carapils. It has a trigger lock built in, so it's totally hands free. I'll get the drill going, lock the trigger, dump in 10 pounds of malt into the hopper and come back in five or six minutes and it's done. For me, it's a way better, cheaper, easier and safer option than the gear motor with pulley system. I have mine rigged to a modified chair that puts the drill at the same height as the mill/base on a five-gallon bucket. Then I have a bolt going through the bottom of the chair to the port on the side of the drill where the side handle would normally mount.

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Old 06-22-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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Didn't use it yet but i just got this one:

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

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Which one of the 2 would be best for milling? Both look easy enough to replace the switch with something mounted to a table if you don't plan on using the drill as a drill.

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For what it's worth... My local home brew shop uses one of these strapped to his mill to crush grain for customers. He has not had to replace it (yet). But, like he said, if it breaks, he runs down to HF and grabs another one for a LOT less than buying and fitting up a large motor.

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Which one of the 2 would be best for milling? Both look easy enough to replace the switch with something mounted to a table if you don't plan on using the drill as a drill.
I would go with the blue one. It has lower gear reduction and more torque. You really only need to be about 300 rpm on the mill anyway.
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I too have the 1/2" heavy duty low speed drill on a monster mill 2 roller mill from northern brewer. Works great. Plenty of torque so hold on. Make sure the chuck is on tight. Yes there is a trigger lock.

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:18 PM   #8
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I have one of these drills powering my MM2 and it rips. It doesn't bog a bit, even when milling hard stuff like carapils. It has a trigger lock built in, so it's totally hands free. I'll get the drill going, lock the trigger, dump in 10 pounds of malt into the hopper and come back in five or six minutes and it's done. For me, it's a way better, cheaper, easier and safer option than the gear motor with pulley system. I have mine rigged to a modified chair that puts the drill at the same height as the mill/base on a five-gallon bucket. Then I have a bolt going through the bottom of the chair to the port on the side of the drill where the side handle would normally mount.
That's exactly what I wanted to hear. I picked up the HD 1/2" drill today with an additional 20% off. 38 bucks total.

Do you happen to have a picture of your set-up? I don't plan to use it for a drill at all, I just want to mount it to a stand of sorts. I'm trying to gather some ideas. I have a Barley crusher that I'll be attaching it to.

Thanks!
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I posted a picture in an other thread awhile back: I copied the link; hopefully it works.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/moto...l-help-325192/

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Old 06-23-2012, 12:38 AM   #10
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I have the blue one. Works great. Milled over 30 pounds of grain today. I have it strapped to a board and the mill screwed to the same board. It's portable and has plenty of power. It has never jammed.

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