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Old 12-29-2008, 08:40 PM   #11
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You have the makings of a dandy CIP unit for cleaning carboys...

I think I may have to check CL for "Please, just take it away" dishwashers and dryers.
There is one bit that might work for that. Unfortunately, the arms are too long to fit in a keg unless I chop the ends off and then plug them somehow. I am still virtual engineering that idea in my head.


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Old 12-29-2008, 08:52 PM   #12
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There is one bit that might work for that. Unfortunately, the arms are too long to fit in a keg unless I chop the ends off and then plug them somehow. I am still virtual engineering that idea in my head.
that should be easy enough with a hack saw and some epoxy. As far as the motors you can get some pretty cheap reduction gear boxes to use them.


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Old 12-29-2008, 09:01 PM   #13
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that should be easy enough with a hack saw and some epoxy. As far as the motors you can get some pretty cheap reduction gear boxes to use them.
Care to offer some suggestion as to where?

I googled and came across some but they were $100 to $200. I can get a motor for less than that.
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Care to offer some suggestion as to where?

I googled and came across some but they were $100 to $200. I can get a motor for less than that.
keep your eyes open on ebay - there are a lot of people that use various gear boxes for robot building and RC. They are usually able to handle a fair amount of torque. You might also be able to do a dirty PWM controller for the motor to pulse it. I am not positive though what the motor specs are and if it could handle that.
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You also don't have to get all the way down to 300rpm, I run my mill faster with a drill.
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You also don't have to get all the way down to 300rpm, I run my mill faster with a drill.
True. I can get to 500rpm with a 1.5" and a 14" sheave but, I also want to imrove my crush. With a drill I can get a decent 65%-75% efficiency running it at a relatively fast speed. I'd say a speed of 1pd/3sec (approx).

But, when I hand crank (60-100rpm) my efficiency jumps to 80 or better.

I deally I'd like to motorize to 100rpm max.

I still have a 17lb thrustt DC trolling motor that I'll have to inspect closer. I haven;t been able to trace down any specs on that motor to know what the RPM ranges are. Mebe I can dissect it and get to the lower rpm's with still plenty of torque to not sieze the mill. If instead of direct coupling I go with sheaves and a belt I can prolly still do this without chancing trashing the motor or mill. Since the belt will slip if the mill locks up.

I was just hoping to plug this thing in, flip a switch, fill the hopper, and let it go.

With the TM it has a variable speed controller but, I;d either have to lug a battery and keep it charged or devise a way to hook this up to a charger for constant power.

I just wish it were warmer out so it'd be easier to tinker in the garage.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:37 AM   #17
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Could you maybe run it through something like a light dimmer or a resistor to slow it down?


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