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Old 01-19-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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Default Help please need a motor for my Grain Mill don't know what to get?!?!?

So I have a Shmidling Malt Mill (sp?) I originally bought an electric motor on Ebay unknown horsepower but I assume pretty low like 1/4 horsepower and made a belt and pulley system. Well the motor could not turn the mill with grain in it. So I got a 1/2" drill as a temporary fix. Welllllll I have already burned thru 2 drills and I am on my 3rd. Unlike other mills the Shmidling rollers are like 10" long or whatever they are which I realize now takes a lot of power to turn when loaded with grain. So before I burn thru my 3rd drill I need to get an electric motor to run this mill. There are a few electric motor repair places in town and they also sell used motors but I don't know what size I should get????? So what HP motor should I get???




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Old 01-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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It all depends on the size of the pulleys. A small 1/4 horse would do it but it would do it rather slow but I think slow is better with the grain. Call or email the manufacturer and ask them what you need for a motor and pulley size.

So how do you like the mill? I have been looking at them


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It works great when I can get something that will turn it. Like I said the rollers are long so they churn a lot of grain at once requiring a lot of muscle moreso than the smaller roller ones like at my LHBS. But I am doing 10 gallon all grain batches so hand cranking the grain at the store is kinda out of the question.

I have like an 1 1/2" pulley for the motor and a 12" pulley on the mill.

So would 1HP be good to be safe?
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Not knowing how much resistance a mill that big has I would think though a 1 hp motor should be fine.
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I used a 90volt DC motor off e-bay ($25.00shipped) along with a Dart controller $ 40.00 shipped. Turns my malt mill just fine, only 120 rpm @ 98 inch lbs of torque direct lovejoy coupler nice small package.
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I ended up getting a motor at Tractor Supply this one:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/maratho...25-rpm-3241126

Thing is huge. If it doesn't work I can return and get the 1 HP version for $30 bucks more.

I should be getting it wired up tomorrow I will report back.
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Do you have a link or a model number for that motor?
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