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Offline flbrewer

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Drill for Grain Mill
« on: February 08, 2015, 11:27:22 PM »
OK, I know agree that hand grinding 16 pounds of grain sucks. I did take a couple of breaks, really wasn't that HARD but more of a time thing.

I'm in the market for a new drill anyways (looking for something 18V) but don't really want a corded drill.

Can I get away with a cordless to use with the mill?


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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2015, 11:32:21 PM »
OK, I know agree that hand grinding 16 pounds of grain sucks. I did take a couple of breaks, really wasn't that HARD but more of a time thing.

I'm in the market for a new drill anyways (looking for something 18V) but don't really want a corded drill.

Can I get away with a cordless to use with the mill?

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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2015, 11:35:38 PM »
I would avoid a cordless, but it can be done. You need to find something with a high amount of torque. An impact driver set to normal mode might do the trick. Go with the highest voltage you can afford in your budget, and keep spare batteries handy.

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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2015, 11:41:31 PM »
I use a cheap Home Depot hammer drill, with hammer function turned off. Mine has a threaded speed adjuster on the trigger that allows me to dial in the right speed. Its a plug in type.

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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2015, 11:54:46 PM »
I bought a 18V Dewalt from Blowes for $81 as a Christmas gift (got cash) from the MIL. It works great.
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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2015, 01:31:16 AM »
I just milled for the first time last weekend with the new corded porter cable variable speed drill that I bought at blowes.  So much easier, don't think I would have survived hand milling the 25# of MO for my EBW brew day courtesy of "Experimental home brewing" I agree, get a drill
Edit: mine was right around $75 after taxes
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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2015, 02:40:46 AM »
I use a cordless 18v dewalt also. Put it on a monster mill with set on #1 for speed. Only get maybe 3 uses before having to change battery.  I would by a corded drill with variable control if you have a plug near by.  I use the dewalt just because i had it for honey dues and such. 

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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2015, 03:18:01 AM »
I use a cordless 18v dewalt also. Put it on a monster mill with set on #1 for speed. Only get maybe 3 uses before having to change battery.

You must have a 2-roller Monster Mill because my corded DeWalt 1/2" hammer drill struggled to turn my 3-roller Monster Mill.

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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2015, 11:30:00 AM »
I use a cordless 18v dewalt also. Put it on a monster mill with set on #1 for speed. Only get maybe 3 uses before having to change battery.

You must have a 2-roller Monster Mill because my corded DeWalt 1/2" hammer drill struggled to turn my 3-roller Monster Mill.
I have the MM3 and my cordless Milwaukee turns it just fine. 

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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2015, 04:45:15 PM »
I switched to a corded drill and it works much better. The 18v cordless struggled as I crush very fine. The good thing is you can get corded drills at flea markets and such for a few bucks.
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Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2015, 04:49:58 PM »
my dewalt cordless works great. 3 speed drill with adjustable torque settings.
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