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Title: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Jeff M on October 10, 2013, 01:27:29 AM
In the near future id like to add a Motor to my MM3 Mill.  Does anyone have any advice on what kind of motor i should look for and any other items id need for the task?
Thanks
Jeff
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Stevie on October 10, 2013, 02:12:11 AM
I was just looking into this earlier today. Did you wear a batman shirt also?

I founds this article on byo. http://byo.com/stories/item/1166-motorize-your-grain-mill-projects
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Slowbrew on October 10, 2013, 11:35:23 AM
Do a little searching on this site for Motor+Mill.  A year or two (maybe 3) there were some very active and informative threads on this very topic.

In my case I used a .5hp, 1750RPM basic motor I got from my Dad.  Added a 10" sheave and a 1.5" sheave.  Then I built a cart to mount the mill on.  A Homer bucket fits under the mill.  Very compact and easy to store.

Paul
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: yso191 on October 10, 2013, 03:30:09 PM
Do a little searching on this site for Motor+Mill.  A year or two (maybe 3) there were some very active and informative threads on this very topic.

In my case I used a .5hp, 1750RPM basic motor I got from my Dad.  Added a 10" sheave and a 1.5" sheave.  Then I built a cart to mount the mill on.  A Homer bucket fits under the mill.  Very compact and easy to store.

Paul

Ditto.  I did exactly this and it works great.  I went with a new electric motor, but I understand one can find them used for much less.  My system is easy to disassemble and store:

(http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy153/yso191/mill004.jpg)

(http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy153/yso191/mill001.jpg)
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: harbicide on October 10, 2013, 04:47:05 PM
I use a 1/4 hp X 1750 RPM motor.  This is strong enough to start from a fully loaded hopper.  My first sheave selection was 2" and 8" which resulted in about 500 rpm.  With a Schmidling it would mill 50 lbs in 90 seconds.  I have since scaled back the larger sheave to 11" which results in about 300 rpm.

There used to be a link for motorizing a mill on the Schmidling website.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Slowbrew on October 10, 2013, 06:11:32 PM
Do a little searching on this site for Motor+Mill.  A year or two (maybe 3) there were some very active and informative threads on this very topic.

In my case I used a .5hp, 1750RPM basic motor I got from my Dad.  Added a 10" sheave and a 1.5" sheave.  Then I built a cart to mount the mill on.  A Homer bucket fits under the mill.  Very compact and easy to store.

Paul

Ditto.  I did exactly this and it works great.  I went with a new electric motor, but I understand one can find them used for much less.  My system is easy to disassemble and store:

Deleted pictures for the sake of space.  *** Paul

I went that route at first but I got tired of carrying the whole thing around on a board.  I decided to build this.

(http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g449/pjdegen/P9090111.jpg)

Paul
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: snowtiger87 on October 16, 2013, 09:41:35 PM
The motorized mill at my local homebrew shop doesn't use the sheaves. They have some kind of connection between the motor and the mill that bypasses them. Does anyone have info on motorizing the mill that way?

Thanks
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: a10t2 on October 16, 2013, 11:22:03 PM
The motorized mill at my local homebrew shop doesn't use the sheaves. They have some kind of connection between the motor and the mill that bypasses them. Does anyone have info on motorizing the mill that way?

If the motor you use has the RPM you need (~200 for a mill, IIRC), you don't need anything other than a direct connection. But to change speed you have to have something - sheaves, pulleys, etc.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: hopfenundmalz on October 17, 2013, 12:02:14 AM
Was always under the impression that a belt offers some compliance to the system if a rock jams the rollers. I had a bag of malt with 3 rocks, and with a drill, it was rather exciting when the mill would pop up in the air when it all locked up.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: snowtiger87 on October 17, 2013, 10:07:08 PM
I found it. Here is the link: http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/Sam's-Motorized-Grain-Mill

However, the gear motor he suggests is apparently not available anymore. Does anyone have a source for a simliar one?
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 18, 2013, 01:14:01 AM
I found it. Here is the link: http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/Sam's-Motorized-Grain-Mill

However, the gear motor he suggests is apparently not available anymore. Does anyone have a source for a simliar one?
You need to get a geared motor. I got mine from surplus center some time ago.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: thatgeekguy on October 21, 2013, 05:35:42 PM
Just finished up mine yesterday. I built a box riser for the mill so the sheave can sit above the platform, easier to store without having to disassemble anything or having the pulley hang off the edge of the platform. Still need to put a guard over the belt/pulley, but it's working great.

(http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w511/ThatGeekGuy/20131020_191128.jpg)
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on October 21, 2013, 11:57:35 PM
I've got to build one. My corona is cool but after a three batch marathon brew day... not so much.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Jeff M on October 22, 2013, 12:09:50 AM
I've got to build one. My corona is cool but after a three batch marathon brew day... not so much.

I All grained once with a corona mill and said never again.  i value what left of my 1 good rotator cuff too much.  Went and bought a monster mill, well worth the bucks.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on October 22, 2013, 12:12:26 AM
It's on my winter upgrade list. Is there a one stop shop for everything you need? Or do I buy a monster and get a Granger catalog?
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Jeff M on October 22, 2013, 12:16:38 AM
I have seen Mills mounted on pro SS carts in catalogs before for the price of a 1BBL brewery.  IF you want to spend you money on that kind of mill im sure you can find it.  Im gonna piece something together for my monster when i get the time, currently it works great with a Variable Speed drill.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: jamminbrew on October 22, 2013, 12:41:38 AM
I use an old 1/2 hp mixing drill my dad gave me, this thing is probably older than I am... Mounted my mill on a little homemade table, and a bucket fits perfectly under it. The drill has a max rpm of 600, I usually grind at approximately 200 rpm. Goes through 15# of grain ~5 mins...
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 22, 2013, 01:15:26 AM
It's on my winter upgrade list. Is there a one stop shop for everything you need? Or do I buy a monster and get a Granger catalog?
I would buy Monster Mill direct from manufacturer.
Shives and belt from Grainder.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on October 22, 2013, 01:52:06 AM
It's on my winter upgrade list. Is there a one stop shop for everything you need? Or do I buy a monster and get a Granger catalog?
I would buy Monster Mill direct from manufacturer.
Shives and belt from Grainder.

Thanks guys. I think I'll go this route and buy or build a cart
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on October 22, 2013, 03:05:22 AM
Wow, just looked at prices. Corona seems not to bad for a little longer.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Jeff M on October 22, 2013, 12:09:34 PM
Wow, just looked at prices. Corona seems not to bad for a little longer.

YUP!!!!!! couple hundred dollars for a quality mill, but it should last you a life time.  I went with the hardened steel 1/2 shaft 3 roller.  get it done right;)
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: mabrungard on October 22, 2013, 01:03:35 PM
By the way Monster Mill owners, I just performed that retrofit of the new gap adjustment knobs for my MM-2.2.  It was an easy modification, however I'm well equipped with tools and experience.  It does require drilling and tapping 2 holes in the side plates.  I think it was worth it at its cost of about $37 (shipped). 
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Jeff M on November 10, 2013, 03:38:43 PM
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/tls/4180016223.html

Would a motor like this work for motorizing a mill?
Thanks!
Jeff
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: yso191 on November 10, 2013, 03:52:11 PM
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/tls/4180016223.html

Would a motor like this work for motorizing a mill?
Thanks!
Jeff

I can't imagine why not.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Slowbrew on November 11, 2013, 01:28:06 PM
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/tls/4180016223.html

Would a motor like this work for motorizing a mill?
Thanks!
Jeff

Absolutely!  The biggest challenge will be face mounting it.  My motor is similar but has a side mount plate on it that made mounting it a breeze.  The motor itself will work fine, to face mount one you just need to be a bit more creative.

Paul
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Gribble on November 21, 2013, 09:08:51 PM
Check this out, local guy to me started making his own mills after working with a MM3 that was in Ice Harbor's Homebrew Shop  http://www.maltmills.com/
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: tschmidlin on November 22, 2013, 02:46:47 AM
Check this out, local guy to me started making his own mills after working with a MM3 that was in Ice Harbor's Homebrew Shop  http://www.maltmills.com/
Those are really nice mills, a local homebrew shop has one.  They're pricey though.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: micsager on November 22, 2013, 06:28:13 PM
I've got to build one. My corona is cool but after a three batch marathon brew day... not so much.

Back in the day, I just connected a drill to my corona mill. 
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: thatgeekguy on November 22, 2013, 06:32:10 PM
It's on my winter upgrade list. Is there a one stop shop for everything you need? Or do I buy a monster and get a Granger catalog?

Grainger is pretty proud of their stuff. I picked up my motor on Amazon, and the pulley and sheave from Zoro Tools. Belt and electrical bits and bobs came from Lowe's.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on November 22, 2013, 06:52:49 PM
I've decided to upgrade my milling after a couple other upgrades. I'm going to add a pump system and another 15 gallon kettle. Will end up with a 9gallon HLT, 15 Gallon recirculation MT, and 15 gallon BK with a RIC. Then add a mill powered with a Dewalt drill. Found these guys in Yacolt, Wa.

http://www.millarsmills.com/
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Jeff M on November 23, 2013, 03:55:01 AM
I've decided to upgrade my milling after a couple other upgrades. I'm going to add a pump system and another 15 gallon kettle. Will end up with a 9gallon HLT, 15 Gallon recirculation MT, and 15 gallon BK with a RIC. Then add a mill powered with a Dewalt drill. Found these guys in Yacolt, Wa.

http://www.millarsmills.com/

Nice looking mills. how do the Legs attach to the mill itself.  thats really the only thing i dont like the look of. most mills give you a solid MDF base for stability etc, not sure how 2 thin pieces of metal will work for ya
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on November 23, 2013, 04:05:51 AM
Mine would be bolted to the top of a cart, tall enough for a 6 gallon bucket to sit under on a shelf.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Franklin on November 23, 2013, 11:51:48 AM
I bought one of those millars mills. I wish i would have bought a JSP mill. The mill i have was made in china and it doesn't stay in adjustment. it was 99 bucks. The bushings for the roller shafts wear out really fast, leaving this black metallic residue. I use a Black & Decker 1/2 inch electric drill to power this mill. It also got stuck alot.   
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: MDixon on November 23, 2013, 12:47:34 PM
I need to relink my old website. Here is my article from a long long time ago.
http://www.ipass.net/%7Empdixon/brew/Education/Motorizing%20a%20Mill.pdf
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on November 23, 2013, 04:15:02 PM
Check this out, local guy to me started making his own mills after working with a MM3 that was in Ice Harbor's Homebrew Shop  http://www.maltmills.com/
Those are really nice mills, a local homebrew shop has one.  They're pricey though.
I like that rollers are geared but for that price I can buy entery level commercial grade mill.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on November 23, 2013, 04:33:39 PM
I bought one of those millars mills. I wish i would have bought a JSP mill. The mill i have was made in china and it doesn't stay in adjustment. it was 99 bucks. The bushings for the roller shafts wear out really fast, leaving this black metallic residue. I use a Black & Decker 1/2 inch electric drill to power this mill. It also got stuck alot.   

Sounds like they have made a few upgrades. Food grade case hardening and sealed roller bearings instead of bushings. At $140 with 10lb hopper, seems reasonable. And they are only a couple hours away in case it fails.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Jeff M on November 24, 2013, 02:28:08 PM
I bought one of those millars mills. I wish i would have bought a JSP mill. The mill i have was made in china and it doesn't stay in adjustment. it was 99 bucks. The bushings for the roller shafts wear out really fast, leaving this black metallic residue. I use a Black & Decker 1/2 inch electric drill to power this mill. It also got stuck alot.   

Sounds like they have made a few upgrades. Food grade case hardening and sealed roller bearings instead of bushings. At $140 with 10lb hopper, seems reasonable. And they are only a couple hours away in case it fails.

A Barley Crusher is about the same money and they have years and years of experience and testing placed upon their machines.  Might be a better option.  I know a few of the guys on this forum rave about theirs.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: thatgeekguy on November 25, 2013, 06:13:35 PM
I've decided to upgrade my milling after a couple other upgrades. I'm going to add a pump system and another 15 gallon kettle. Will end up with a 9gallon HLT, 15 Gallon recirculation MT, and 15 gallon BK with a RIC. Then add a mill powered with a Dewalt drill. Found these guys in Yacolt, Wa.

http://www.millarsmills.com/

I've got one of the earlier generation Millar Mills, all hand cranked until I recently did my previously described motorizing. Overall quality is OK, and I was on a tight budget at the time. I've ran a few hundred pounds of grain through it with no issues, and I run a real tight gap (~ .020") since I do BIAB.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on November 25, 2013, 11:41:46 PM
Good to know.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: sdsmith4u on January 30, 2014, 03:15:28 AM
Here is the best setup I have found.  It does not use spinning flywheels or v belts, which have taken too many fingers over the years.  It has powerful torque, it is quiet, and chews through grain in seconds. Unlike drill motors, it turns the mill at a slow constant speed - 180 rpm. And best of all, it is not expensive!


[www.powergrinder.org]

Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 30, 2014, 04:19:37 AM
I want!
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: james on January 30, 2014, 04:38:31 AM
Here is the best setup I have found.  It does not use spinning flywheels or v belts, which have taken too many fingers over the years.  It has powerful torque, it is quiet, and chews through grain in seconds. Unlike drill motors, it turns the mill at a slow constant speed - 180 rpm. And best of all, it is not expensive!


It does look considerably expensive and it also looks like a spam post
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 30, 2014, 04:44:54 AM
$177, but the .org freaks me out
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: euge on January 30, 2014, 05:00:28 AM
Here is the best setup I have found.  It does not use spinning flywheels or v belts, which have taken too many fingers over the years.  It has powerful torque, it is quiet, and chews through grain in seconds. Unlike drill motors, it turns the mill at a slow constant speed - 180 rpm. And best of all, it is not expensive!


It does look considerably expensive and it also looks like a spam post

Damn I didn't notice that. However it isn't unrelated. Others have pushed brewing related products before no?
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Stevie on January 30, 2014, 05:06:54 AM
An LHBS near by uses the same type of motor. I'll see if it is from the same place next time I stop by there.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: james on January 30, 2014, 05:24:21 AM
Here is the best setup I have found.  It does not use spinning flywheels or v belts, which have taken too many fingers over the years.  It has powerful torque, it is quiet, and chews through grain in seconds. Unlike drill motors, it turns the mill at a slow constant speed - 180 rpm. And best of all, it is not expensive!


It does look considerably expensive and it also looks like a spam post

Damn I didn't notice that. However it isn't unrelated. Others have pushed brewing related products before no?

I'm not really sure what the rules are here but joining a forum and your only post is to sell a product is uncool.  Especially when you don't make it obvious that it is your company selling it
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: euge on January 30, 2014, 05:45:41 AM
Poor execution perhaps. The mods will correct things if necessary. 
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: sdsmith4u on January 30, 2014, 07:32:12 PM
Hey fellow brewers,
Somebody said my post looked like spam.  Sorry.  That hurts my feelings, but whatever.  I am a lifetime member of AHA.  I am importing the gear reduction motors from China because I could not find what I was looking for in the way of a motor for my grain mill.  I am the importer.  I  have not updated the web site yet, but I am going to LOWER the price to $173.00 to make them more affordable to my fellow home brewers - even if they do think my posts are spam!  Anyway, I got PowerGrinder.org because .com was taken!  The motors are absolutely perfect.  The photos on the web site are of my grinder.  This is just me importing and selling these motors NEW which ALREADY have the 10:1 gear reduction  on them.  Try to find that ANYWHERE for less than $200.00!  If you want one - or more - I have a shipment coming into LA today, so they should be ready to ship out within a week or so.  I am not a seasoned "poster" on forums, so forgive my lack of expertise.  I'm learning.  Thanks, and CHEERS!
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: sdsmith4u on January 30, 2014, 07:45:19 PM
Sorry James.  I guess I am just not "cool".  My mission is to provide a QUALITY motor for grain mills at an affordable price.  I have been reading posts for a long time looking for a motor for my grain mill. I did not find what I was looking for, so I started importing them.  The shipment arriving in LA today is my first shipment.  If I had found motors made in the USA, I would have tried to become a reseller of those.  Does it make a difference if the person posting an item for home brewers is the one selling the item?  If you like the item, buy it.  If you don't, move on.
I hope the people who have already purchased the motors will post their reviews on this forum for fellow home brewers who are looking for a safe, effective, and affordable way to motorize their grain mills.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Jeff M on January 31, 2014, 12:20:03 AM
Being passive aggressive may not be the best sales pitch.... That being said it looks like a good product. 
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Stevie on January 31, 2014, 01:45:01 AM
Let's all be cool about this. What makes this forum so much greater than others is the lack of fighting. I'm sure the seller will be more transparent in the future.

Those motors are pretty nice with the way they hookup to the mill without the need of pulleys or gears. If I were in the market, I'd snatch one up right away.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: el_capitan on January 31, 2014, 01:49:48 AM
I'm using a low-RPM, high torque direct drive motor on my mill.  I went this route because a friend of mine gave me the motor for free.

(http://i391.photobucket.com/albums/oo360/Shifty_Willis/IMG_2124_zps0b131a3f.jpg)

(http://i391.photobucket.com/albums/oo360/Shifty_Willis/2a7cdd9a-1097-488d-8b4e-a4a613df2a1f_zps470a4524.jpg)

(http://i391.photobucket.com/albums/oo360/Shifty_Willis/818c55d7-c8e8-4ce1-a4c3-d730f7e73c2f_zps13b290e0.jpg)

I like it because it's really safe, and I have two young boys who like to help me.  It takes a bit longer to grind the whole grist, but it's not a big deal.  I should make a bigger hopper for my JSP though. 

I also built a motorized apple grinder for cider making, and for that I use a .5 HP motor and sheaves like you commonly see on a grain mill.  The cord looks like a mess too - it extends out about 20 feet but retracts.  I should also build a little cord shield area to hide that mess. 

This hog only rotates at 30 RPM, but it has a lot of power. 


Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: fistfullofhops on January 31, 2014, 02:14:01 AM
I used to run something similar. The mill belonged to a buddy and I had to give it back when he decided to get back into the hobby. The low rpm gear motor was a perfect match for the JSP mill. I absolutely loved the setup. It wasn't very fast; I think the speed was around 100 rpm but it was quiet and smooth, and it created almost zero airborne dust. I've been scouring used machinery sites along with ebay looking for a similar motor.

It was a pretty safe setup as far as loose clothing etc goes but if the rollers got ahold of your fingers they'd be crushed in a flash. If I were to configure one myself I'd use the exact same motor and mill but I'd put a huge hopper on it so you could set 20lbs of grain and walk away. The hopper would also help keep fingers away from the rollers.


(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/31/ynebazeb.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/31/vu5atage.jpg)


Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 31, 2014, 04:40:55 AM
Hey fellow brewers,
Somebody said my post looked like spam.  Sorry.  That hurts my feelings, but whatever.  I am a lifetime member of AHA.  I am importing the gear reduction motors from China because I could not find what I was looking for in the way of a motor for my grain mill.  I am the importer.  I  have not updated the web site yet, but I am going to LOWER the price to $173.00 to make them more affordable to my fellow home brewers - even if they do think my posts are spam!  Anyway, I got PowerGrinder.org because .com was taken!  The motors are absolutely perfect.  The photos on the web site are of my grinder.  This is just me importing and selling these motors NEW which ALREADY have the 10:1 gear reduction  on them.  Try to find that ANYWHERE for less than $200.00!  If you want one - or more - I have a shipment coming into LA today, so they should be ready to ship out within a week or so.  I am not a seasoned "poster" on forums, so forgive my lack of expertise.  I'm learning.  Thanks, and CHEERS!

Looking good.
May be you should start new thread about your offer.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 31, 2014, 07:45:40 AM
It's crazy that people can take but not use a domain name then sell it, but you have to establish business under a trademark before you can claim ownership of that.

Anyway, I like the idea. I like the price. To be honest, I don't trust the quality at all. A system that can do that should cost twice as much. Like the Chinese Honda knockoff motors... great price but be prepared to throw it away annually.

If the reliability was proven, and the means of buying it proven, I'd be a buyer.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: sdsmith4u on January 31, 2014, 03:17:12 PM
Thanks for the input!
It is true, it will be interesting to see how long the motors hold up.  I will let the buyers comment on the quality and longevity.  I am biased, but I can tell you that I have been incredibly impressed.  The motor is a brute, and seems to be made very well.  There seems to be nothing cheap about it. It's like a tank: heavy, thick, and strong.  It is not at all like what they sell at Harbour Freight.  I bought the prototype, and would not have purchased a shipment to sell if they had not been very impressive.  Normally, I try to buy American, but there just wasn't anything available. The reason the price is so low is because I am selling them personally, and I'm not doing what "retailers" do - mark everything up 100+%.  I don't have the overhead they do, so I pass the savings along to fellow home brewers.  I looked a long time for the right motor, but could not find one which was affordable, so I decided to import them myself.  So far, except for the nay sayers and sceptics, it has been exactly what I was looking for.
Happy brewing!
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: troybinso on January 31, 2014, 04:38:30 PM
Looks pretty cool to me. Do you have links to the coupler, etc. you need to connect it to a mill? You might want to include that on your site or even carry the products, because anyone buying that motor will need some accessories to attach it to the mill shaft.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: morticaixavier on January 31, 2014, 05:02:50 PM
It's crazy that people can take but not use a domain name then sell it, but you have to establish business under a trademark before you can claim ownership of that.

Anyway, I like the idea. I like the price. To be honest, I don't trust the quality at all. A system that can do that should cost twice as much. Like the Chinese Honda knockoff motors... great price but be prepared to throw it away annually.

If the reliability was proven, and the means of buying it proven, I'd be a buyer.

Right, but many people can use the same trade name at the same time without overlap while a domain name is a unique address. Only one entity can use it at a time period so if I secure it it is mine. if you want it you'll pay me.

I can say I 'own' the trade name 'really great beer' but so can you, and your customers up in WA are not going to accidentally end up at my store here in CA.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: klickitat jim on January 31, 2014, 05:15:12 PM
I get it. I suppose it fits the free market principle better than requiring people to use their property or lose it.
Title: Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
Post by: sdsmith4u on January 31, 2014, 06:15:17 PM
Putting a link to Grainger on the web site is a great idea.  Thanks.  I will include the part numbers needed for the 22mm output shaft and the "spider" which goes between the grain mill shaft coupler fitting and the coupler fitting on the motor output shaft.  The coupler fitting which goes on the shaft of the grain mill will vary depending on the diameter of the shaft on the grain mill, so there is no way for me to put a specific part number on the web site for that particular fitting.  It will, however, be right there on the Grainger web site - easy for each buyer to find for their model of mill.
Thanks again!