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Old 02-15-2013, 05:50 AM   #1
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Default Will my drill be ok for attaching to a mill?

I have one of these. Will it be sufficient for running a mill like the Cereal Killer, Barley Crusher, or Crankandstein?


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Old 02-15-2013, 10:14 AM   #2
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I have a cheap $40 Harbor Freight that runs my Monster Mill 2 just fine and the specs look the same. Should work.


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Old 02-15-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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Just don't run it on the hammer setting
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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Yes that would be fine, but to repeat, don't use the hammer setting
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Just my two cents. I had a lower amp drill and I smoked it this weekend on my 3-roll crankenstein.

I ordered a 10amp drill instead that is a beast.
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It is amazing how much torque is required to run a Barley Crusher on a fine setting...none of my drills will turn it at a low RPM so I just use the hand crank...it's a nice arm workout!
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Would the torque requirement be less for a mill with shorter rollers, like the Crankenstein?
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Would the torque requirement be less for a mill with shorter rollers, like the Crankenstein?
Yes, the torque required is related directly to how much barley is being fed through at a given moment.
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Just my two cents. I had a lower amp drill and I smoked it this weekend on my 3-roll crankenstein.

I ordered a 10amp drill instead that is a beast.
I use a 7.8 amp DeWalt on a 3 roller Crankenstein which is what I recall the manufacturer recommended. It is hot after milling a batch of grain (I mill very slowly with a lot of torque).
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I use a Porter cable 18V drill with the trigger half way in on my cereal killer gapped at ~.032. get 75-80%


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