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Old 11-15-2011, 12:40 AM   #11
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Me to! Looks like my next purchase...and I thought I was at a point I wouldn't be buying more brew equipment. But it will function as a second drill. (justification)


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Old 11-15-2011, 01:07 AM   #12
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I use a harbor fright hammer drill to power my mill, works great as long as I remember to check the set screw on the mill before grinding.


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Old 11-15-2011, 01:44 AM   #13
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Me to! Looks like my next purchase...and I thought I was at a point I wouldn't be buying more brew equipment. But it will function as a second drill. (justification)
well yesterday when I tried to mill 13lbs of grain and discovered I had a dead battery on my craftsman 19.2V drill. no problem I'll just charge it, WRONG... charger is not working and or my battery is dust. needless to say hand cranking 13lbs of grain sucks donkey balls.

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Old 11-15-2011, 01:49 AM   #14
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well yesterday when I tried to mill 13lbs of grain and discovered I had a dead battery on my craftsman 19.2V drill. no problem I'll just charge it, WRONG... charger is not working and or my batter is dust. needless to say hand cranking 13lbs of grain sucks donkey balls.

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Time for a trip to Harbor Freight.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:06 AM   #15
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This is the HF drill I have below, unfortunately not on sale at the moment at 50 bucks

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...:referralID=NA

But the other 1/2" slow speed drill is discounted to 42 dollars, others have used this with success...this one is even slower than the first yet still have plenty of power, if that's your goal??

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

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well yesterday when I tried to mill 13lbs of grain and discovered I had a dead battery on my craftsman 19.2V drill. no problem I'll just charge it, WRONG... charger is not working and or my battery is dust. needless to say hand cranking 13lbs of grain sucks donkey balls.

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Yes Sir, as much as I love the convenience of cordless tools, I also firmly believe there is sometimes a nice advantage to plugging into the grid.

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Like this Harbor Freight $29
Designed for top performance over a lifetime of use.

■Powerful 6.3 amp motor handles tough jobs
■Trigger speed switch, 0-1200 RPM
■Fully shielded ball bearings
■Machine-cut heat treated gears
■Trigger lock
■Rugged die cast aluminum gear housing
■Auxiliary handle mounts on right or left
120V, 1080 watts, 60 Hz
3 jaw chuck
Drilling capacity: 3/4" in wood, 1/2" in metal
Chuck capacity: 1/2''
Overall dimensions: 3'' W x 11-1/2'' L x 8'' H
Shipping Weight: 5.40 lbs.
Problem with this drill is that the variable speed is controlled by the trigger button, the more you depress the trigger the faster it goes, not ideal for large grainbills. The other two have a variable speed dial that sets the drills speed for constant speed and could be permantly mounted to run constant without a hand on the drill.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:58 AM   #16
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Has anyone used their pump motor for their mill? Seems like it would make for a good multipurpose motor. You can pull the pump head off with 4 screws. I doubt it has the torque of a drill, but it might work.
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:45 PM   #17
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Bought a "heavy duty" drill from harbor freight. Low RPM, High torque. Started smoking almost as soon as I pulled it out of the box...

You gotta be careful with electric stuff from Harbor Freight. They aren't always a good deal.

I wonder how a bicycle chain and sprocket would work...
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:06 PM   #18
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I wonder how a bicycle chain and sprocket would work...

I've been wondering that for years. I can picture the apparatus to accomplish that would be very cumbersome. Otherwise I would have built one already. I only have so much room to work with.
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Just picked up the last one of these on sale for $41.99 normally $65

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Old 11-21-2011, 01:30 AM   #20
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I have to say I don't know much about electrical /electronic equipment, but would a 'router speed controller' help with controlling motor speed?


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