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Old 11-16-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
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So I have a barley crusher and I've got 2 drills for it. I have a makita 18v but even if have a fully charged battery, it will die halfway through and I'm afraid of burning the motor.

The other drill is a 5.4 A corded hitachi. Problem is, the speed is either too slow or too fast and when it's slow, the motor starts to smoke !!!!

What's the best way to power a mill ??? I don't wanna destroy my drills

 
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:15 AM   #2
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go to harbor freight and get a low speed drill like this http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html or one of the other low speed drills they sell. mine has been going strong for 2 yrs.

 
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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I went through 5 drills before I found the right one for me...just a cheap black and decker one speed plug in drill
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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Hand crank that baby!

I consider it a nice little arm workout!

I always hand mill my grain the night before brew day. It's actually quite therapeutic !
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #5
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go to harbor freight and get a low speed drill like this http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html or one of the other low speed drills they sell. mine has been going strong for 2 yrs.
That is what I have, there is a little dial that adjusts the speed that way all you have to do is pull the trigger all the way and dump the grain. That way you don't have to focus on the speed of the drill. I have mine about 1/4 turned up, and has worked well for me.

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
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go to harbor freight and get a low speed drill like this http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html or one of the other low speed drills they sell. mine has been going strong for 2 yrs.
Same one I've had for a few years too...it's beastly!

 
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:39 PM   #7
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I use something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Lutron-TT-300H...extension+cord

I plug my corded dewalt drill into it.
Set the trigger lock, and adjust the speed with the dimmer.
I can then run 20+lbs of grain through my maltmill in about 10 to 12 min.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:52 PM   #8
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I Use my Makita 18v (Lithium ion) with no problem. Otherwise like the others suggested almost any cheap plug in would do.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:05 PM   #9
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Maybe its time to start looking for an electric motor and hook up a v belt to the mill. Check out surpluscenter.com they have a whole bunch of motors that other HBT members have used.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:13 PM   #10
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I suggest that 1/2" heavy duty low speed from harbor freight. That's what I use. I've posted a video somewhere around here before. It's a monster and cheap. Be careful with pulleys and belts. They side load the drive roller. Whether it will ever cause any damage I can't say. There are ways around it but the cost starts going up. I was gonna do that with a motor I already had but it was cheaper to go with the harbor freight drill.
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