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Old 08-16-2012, 11:50 PM   #1091
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I have to stop reading the DIY section, first i was "forced" to build a pneumatic bottle capper now your making me power a corona style mill with a motor! What are you going to make me do next?

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Old 08-17-2012, 11:02 AM   #1092
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Plus I think there would be something nice and ugly about using a motor that's 3-4 times the size of the mill its running...
+1 isnt that what this thread is sposed to be about? lol nice and ugly
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:05 PM   #1093
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I have to stop reading the DIY section, first i was "forced" to build a pneumatic bottle capper now your making me power a corona style mill with a motor! What are you going to make me do next?
Build a keezer if you don't have one already.....Then an electric brewing setup.

Haven't you figured it out yet, half the fun is the DIY aspect, and there's always another project on the horizon.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:02 PM   #1094
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Well, considering the motor is free, its $28 for the variable RPM switch, or skip the motor and buy a $34 Harbor Freight drill (none of my current drills lock).

Plus I think there would be something nice and ugly about using a motor that's 3-4 times the size of the mill its running...
$28 variable RPM switch
$ ?? cord
$ ?? coupling to attach motor to mill
$ ?? misc. hardware

This option is far from free...Just my opinion, but the HF drill at $34 is a value for something that you know will work. Will that motor provide enough torque at low RPM's to turn the mill? Not all motors are variable speed, but are typically gear reduced to run slow w/ adequate torque. Not trying to rain on the party...have fun whichever course you choose.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:09 PM   #1095
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$28 variable RPM switch
$ ?? cord
$ ?? coupling to attach motor to mill
$ ?? misc. hardware

This option is far from free...Just my opinion, but the HF drill at $34 is a value for something that you know will work. Will that motor provide enough torque at low RPM's to turn the mill? Not all motors are variable speed, but are typically gear reduced to run slow w/ adequate torque. Not trying to rain on the party...have fun whichever course you choose.
The motor is already corded, just have to plug it into the variable RPM switch. I have plenty of misc. hardware laying around the garage to attach the mill and motor to whatever substrate I want.

The only thing I would need to worry about is how to connect the motor to the mill. I don't know exactly what I would use for that, but I could probably find something to fit that wasn't too expensive.

I'm not trying to avoid buying the drill, I just have this motor available to me for free and was seeing if it was feasible to use it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:22 AM   #1096
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I finally reworked mine into a bucket in bucket setup. The original wasn't bad, I mainly just wanted a bigger hopper.

I've done about 3 batches with the bucket in bucket. Between the larger hopper and the dust being eliminates, I love this design.

I added a couple of chunks of scrap wood to space the mill bucket up from the lower bucket just enough to keep one from sticking inside the other. It just so happened that these lined up with the mounting board for the mill, so I just stuck them in place with my finish nailer.

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The only issue you'll have with that is if you need to hand-crank if for any reason. I have mine so I can attach the crank outside the bucket (the mill shaft sticks through the bucket) because I had my old drill die on me once.

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The only issue you'll have with that is if you need to hand-crank if for any reason. I have mine so I can attach the crank outside the bucket (the mill shaft sticks through the bucket) because I had my old drill die on me once.
Shouldn't be a problem. I've got multiple drills, and several other methods of spinning it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:37 PM   #1099
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Yep, an old hand-drill or a ratchet would work fine.

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Shouldn't be a problem. I've got multiple drills, and several other methods of spinning it.
This is me. I have 3 drill motors and a couple routers that I could even use if I wanted to. Heck, for that matter I also have a few electric motors that could get the job done. I will NOT hand crank!
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