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Old 12-19-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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I recently got a Barley Crusher to begin crushing my own grains. It works great, but I can't figure out how to attach my drill to it. It appears to work fine, until I add the grain. Then it just spins.

One suggestion was to use a drill with a keyed chuck, but both of mine are keyless. Any ideas?
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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Mines a cheap keyless drill from harbor freight, and I don't have any issues. Put it on there, and tighten it, then REALLY crank it on. But also can you adjust the torque on the drill?
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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I just sounds like you're not getting the chuck tight enough. Mine works just fine with a cordless dewalt drill with keyless chuck. I find on keyless chucks that the best way to get them good and tight is to hold on to the chuck and hit the power for a second (or as long as you can hold onto the chuck).

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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Afte you do it the first time (hand tight) then wrap something around it (like one of those rubber jar openers) to get a different grip and try cranking tighter. Another though, rough up the spindle a little bit with some sand paper or something, roughing it up may allow your chuck to get a better grip.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:17 AM   #5
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I remember having the same problem. Just try to crank it down nice and tight.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:30 AM   #6
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The problem with the shaft is that it's only square for about 1.5cm or so, the mistake I made at first was to jam it at the end of the drill's chuck so it would only try to 'grab' the round part. The 'front' part of the chuck needs to be on that square part.

I read some ppl just filed it but for now it works well that way.

 
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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So blacksquid, you're saying not to put it all the way into the chuck? Only put it in a little so the chuck can grab the square part?
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:33 PM   #8
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Yes, line up one of the chuck "teeth" with the flat on the shaft and tighten. if needed file another flat on the shaft inline with anothe teeth on the chuck

 
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:46 PM   #9
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Align the chuck jaws with the flat(s) of the shaft on the mill. You'll want one of the jaw 'teeth' to actually rest on the flat. Also, I never put anything all the way into a drill chuck, so that it 'bottom's out' in it. I've also never needed to go more than 'normal' tightness on the keyless chuck on my drill (DeWalt 18v cordless hammer drill). Trying to over-tighten it can actually damage the drill. Or make it a total pain to try and remove after you're done.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:21 PM   #10
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I haven't had a problem using my dewalt on it personally. What speed are you all crushing at. I tried full speed and it crushed 10 lbs in under a minute and I have also tried half of the slow speed and it took about 10 minutes, but no difference in crush that I could notice. Maybe less flour but I biab so it really doesn't matter to me.

 
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