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Old 08-14-2012, 03:31 PM   #1081
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If you want good speed control use a cheap corded drill and a router speed controller from Harbor Freight or something similar. Then you can use a nylon zip tie to activate the trigger on the drill, be sure to secure the drill from spinning before letting it go or it could get really messy.
The pictured drill has an RPM dial, set to "low", and a trigger-lock. 10A 1/2" slow-speed D-handle drill, Harbor Freight, $34.


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Old 08-14-2012, 03:35 PM   #1082
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The pictured drill has an RPM dial, set to "low", and a trigger-lock. 10A 1/2" slow-speed D-handle drill, Harbor Freight, $34.
That works too.


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Old 08-14-2012, 03:57 PM   #1083
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Thought I would post mine. Been done for a few months and I use I drill. works great!


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Old 08-15-2012, 07:39 AM   #1084
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I need to tweak mine. A 2# hopper is the pits!!!!! Luckily I know some scroungers and I have a soy sauce bucket from work to sacrifice. A couple of #10 cans too.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:14 PM   #1085
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I need to tweak mine. A 2# hopper is the pits!!!!! Luckily I know some scroungers and I have a soy sauce bucket from work to sacrifice. A couple of #10 cans too.
I highly recommend the water-dispenser-bottle. 16# in it Saturday no problem.
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I have found new empty water dispenser bottles at Wal-Mart for $7.00 or so, but not every Wal-Mart has them, only the ones that sell water dispensers.
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Has anybody ever used something besides a power drill to run their corona mill? I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a mill, and I have access to a 1/2 HP, 1725 RPM Franklin Martin motor for free. I was thinking that I could pick up one of these to vary the RPM's for the mill:

http://www.amazon.com/MLCS-9400-Stan...I1YINDRBND3VNG

The motor is wired for 110V, and the case says it runs 6.8 amps max at 110V.

A positive of the motor is that I could also use it if I ever upgraded to a roller mill.
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I'm not sure if that controller would succesfully slow down that motor to an acceptable range. My opinion and experience is that it is easier and cheaper to use a harbor freight 1/2 drill to power a mill, rather than a free motor after buying all that is needed to make it work. Of course, YMMV
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Has anybody ever used something besides a power drill to run their corona mill? I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a mill, and I have access to a 1/2 HP, 1725 RPM Franklin Martin motor for free. I was thinking that I could pick up one of these to vary the RPM's for the mill:

http://www.amazon.com/MLCS-9400-Stan...I1YINDRBND3VNG

The motor is wired for 110V, and the case says it runs 6.8 amps max at 110V.

A positive of the motor is that I could also use it if I ever upgraded to a roller mill.
So long as your RPM's are below about 300, it should be fine. Make sure you'll have enough HP at the lower RPM's so you don't burn the motor. Lots of people use motors. The drill was as easy as spending $34 and chucking a nut-driver. It has a speed dial built-in and trigger lock.
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So long as your RPM's are below about 300, it should be fine. Make sure you'll have enough HP at the lower RPM's so you don't burn the motor. Lots of people use motors. The drill was as easy as spending $34 and chucking a nut-driver. It has a speed dial built-in and trigger lock.
Well, considering the motor is free, its $28 for the variable RPM switch, or skip the motor and buy a $34 Harbor Freight drill (none of my current drills lock).

Plus I think there would be something nice and ugly about using a motor that's 3-4 times the size of the mill its running...


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