After using my BarleyCrusher once with a hand drill, I've decided I want to motorize it. I've done some research and found many folks raise their mills up a bit using bits of wood, then connect it and the motor to another mobile piece of wood. I actually have a rather large wooden workbench in my garage and my plan is to install the mill and motor directly on top of it, mounting the switches to the side of the work bench. I'll then place my grain bucket on a little shelf beneath my workbench to catch the grain. Besides "will this work?", I've got a few more questions:
1. It seems like the most common size motor for this is 1/3 hp and I know the RPM has to be decently low. I'm thinking about using THIS ONE
(INSERT LINK). Anyone else have any experience with this motor? Does it look like it'll do the trick?
2. If I'm okay with the size of the base that came with my BC, is there any reason for me to remove it and lift the mill with smaller blocks of wood?
3. I noticed a lot of people use a single-pole switch to turn their mills on/off. Would it be possible to use a dimmer switch instead? I would think this would give me more control over the RPM of the motor. Perhaps I would need the aforementioned motor going full speed to actually mill my grain?
4. Some of the mills I've looked at seem to come with a capacitor built-in, while others *look* like they don't. What's more usual? I really have no idea about this s*it, so...
Since I've got the mill, this project seems like it'll be pretty inexpensive- around $60 or so. I was planning on building another kegerator, which will cost close to $500 (4 taps... all perlick 525SS)... but it can wait since I still have my 2 tap for now (it is for sale though). Any help is much appreciated.