I have a Barley Crusher that I've used for the past 5 years - put about 1.5-2 tons of grain through it in that time. Its finicky and aggravating at times, but right now it works fine for me (hope it doesn't hear me type that :-) ).
If I could do it all over again, I'd buy a Monster Mill - bigger rollers (diameter and length), more solid construction, and it looks like deeper knurling (sp?).
Every time I have issues with the BC, I swear at it and tell it I'm buying a MM tomorrow and for some reason it starts cooperating for the remainder of the grist.
This is my case as well. I love the dang dang thing and it has served me very well for years. It is simply worn out at this point. The knurling is very worn, and it works kinda ok one time, and on the other hand it can take me fidgeting for hours to get it to mill one batch. You can flop the idle roller, that will help just a bit, it I've about worn out that method too...
I have a MM on the way from Fred, with hopper and five gallon bucket base...
Lonnie thanks for the update:
I went ahead and ordered a MM3-2.0
My order summary
6" long, 2" diameter, 3-Roller knob adjustable gap drill drive grain mill
$349.00 Item number: MM3-2.0
Options: Roller Material: 303 SS
Item price: $349.00
Base & Hopper for Monster Mill - MM3-2.0
Item number: MMHB-320
Item price: $40.00
Extension set for Monster Mill Hopper
Item number: MM-EXT
Item price: $25.00
Shipping and Handling
Shipping and HandlingShipping and Handling
Item price: $36.40
Options: Via: USPS Priority (FRB1)
Item total $450.40
I chose the Stainless Steel rollers to avoid the possibilities of rust. I plan on pre-moistening
my grains the before milling. Read an article in Zymurgy discussing the bennifits.