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Old 03-11-2009, 05:33 PM   #21
Jun 2008
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My wife does a lot of baking and has a Pro Series KA that I bought her as a present maybe 5 years ago. When I was trying to figure out why some of them cost twice as much I had a salesman tell me that the drive trains are plastic and are not as easy to repair on the cheaper models. These things are designed to run for hours and not over heat, so I wouldn't be surprised if they could grind grain for years.

Would I buy the grinding attachment? He!! no! You burn up her mixer and you'll hear about it for 20 years. If you burn up a $20 Black and Pecker drill she won't even notice.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:36 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by brown_dog_us View Post
Would I buy the grinding attachment? He!! no! You burn up her mixer and you'll hear about it for 20 years. If you burn up a $20 Black and Pecker drill she won't even notice.
Yeah, I have a BC now and I'm rethinking my previous idea of trying to add a pulley system to it. I think I'll use the drill.. for the same reason as you.

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Old 03-11-2009, 08:57 PM   #23
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They are not even good for grinding flour, we burned up two of the industrial metal motor ones, and had to send them back. I went with the BC, even though I only paid $20.00 for the KA grain mill.
Stay away from grinding grain on the KA!
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:28 PM   #24
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I would just like to add, for anyone thinking of this...If you read the User Guide, this is clearly not designed for large grain bills. A few pounds of specialty grains for the extract brewer and this might be a good idea, but much more than that, even with all metal gearing and your mixer will likely break down. Crisis averted.

"BARLEY — For best results, barley should be hulled before grinding."

"NOTE: Do not grind more than 10 cups of flour at one time; damage to mixer may result. After grinding 10 cups of flour, allow the mixer to cool at least 45 minutes before using it again."

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