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Old 12-26-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hi all!

I asked for a bunch of tools for Christmas and got one of these from my Dad. I am wondering if I can use it on my malt mill or if I'd burn up the motor.

If it's not a good 'engine' for my malt mill, I'd love suggestions. I received 2 drills for Christmas and one is going back- so I can exchange it.

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Old 12-27-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
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http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-47991.html

Ive learned to like ^^^ this one^^^. I attached it to my bench
I run it at the lowest speed setting and its still turns pretty fast.
It has a lock,so you don't have to hold the trigger.
And its "loud".Might be cause i use a pretty tight gap setting on the mill.
But for the price it fine, I got it for around $25 on sale + coupon.
Harbor freight loves to use coupons..


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Old 12-27-2012, 04:58 AM   #3
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I've been using a 1/2" DeWalt for about 10 years now without issue. I used to use a Black and Decker 3/8" before that and it burned up after 2 crushes. Go bigger with a mill.
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Thanks all!

A buddy of mine who owns an LHBS also reccomended a 1/2" last night over a beer. I think I'll take this one back.
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I have several 3/8" drills and none of them can run the mill very well. I ended up going with the HF heavy duty drill that double-R mentioned and it works great. It is loud though, I use ear plugs when running it.
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I got a 3/8” craftsman drill for Christmas last year, burned the motor up after doing about 10 batches. I just got a 1/2” Rigid for Christmas this year. This one should do the trick. I'm with the others....go with a bigger drill.
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That one in the OP appears to be good enough depending on the "variable speed" being low enough and at high enough torque. I am buying this one on Saturday because my B&D 20 volt cordless burned up after 3 batches.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html
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That one in the OP appears to be good enough depending on the "variable speed" being low enough and at high enough torque. I am buying this one on Saturday because my B&D 20 volt cordless burned up after 3 batches.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html
Would you mind giving us your imprssions of this drill for grain crushing after you have given it a workout? I would like to get one of these 2 drills to use for grain crushing in the near future. I could not find out if this drill had an always on trigger switch.
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That one in the OP appears to be good enough depending on the "variable speed" being low enough and at high enough torque. I am buying this one on Saturday because my B&D 20 volt cordless burned up after 3 batches.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html
Definitely let us know how this one works for you. I am going to grab a different drill for my mill after the advice here and it seems like either one of the Harbor Freight drills will work.
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I'm getting and using it tomorrow so we'll see. I don't care if I have to hold the trigger, but my rigid is a pain in the butt to try to keep from spinning too fast so I'm expecting this one to work.


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