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Old 04-30-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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I have no intention of making this project as I have enough going on. However I came across this at Harbor Freight and immediately saw a very cheap DIY mill as it has 2 knurled rollers and a nice frame. Just needs some creative input - who will take it on first?

FWIW - I think you might have to tighten the gap a bit - LOL


 
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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Cool. You might be onto something.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:40 PM   #3
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How much is it??

 
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:48 PM   #4
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linky linky my friend. We need the details on it.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:56 PM   #5
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:20 PM   #6
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It appears to be made of aluminum, including the rollers. I don't know how well knurled aluminum rollers will hold up to milling grain.

 
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:50 PM   #7
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It seemed pretty beefy to me at the store, but as Catt22 says it might not hold up - not sure. Someone needs to drop $29.99 or wait for one of the 15% off coupons that come in the mail.

btw -My original post had the link, I am not that cruel !

 
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:25 PM   #8
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First problem is that there's no direct way to drive the rollers. You'd have to rig up some sort of friction drive, or mill the end off one of em to be able to get a gear on there.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:38 AM   #9
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First problem is that there's no direct way to drive the rollers. You'd have to rig up some sort of friction drive, or mill the end off one of em to be able to get a gear on there.
or get Yuri to do a little machining/welding for us...

 
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:43 AM   #10
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First problem is that there's no direct way to drive the rollers. You'd have to rig up some sort of friction drive, or mill the end off one of em to be able to get a gear on there.

Too soon to say. We need to see one of these disassembled completely before coming up with practical mods. I want to see someone build a mill with one roller fixed in place and the other roller mounted in milled slots on the frame. A yoke could be made with an adjusting screw that would move both ends of the rollers together and ideally, on the fly while the mill is running. We don't know what kind of a shafts the rollers have, but it shouldn't be too hard to modify them even if they have to be drilled out. The machining tolerances need to be fairly tight, so this is above my home shop DIY level.

I already have a mill that works just fine for me, but I can't resist taking a look at this kind of stuff.

 
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