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COUNTRY LIVING GRAIN MILL

A LOOK INSIDE

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The Country Living Mill is without a doubt the most rugged manual grinder on the market today. It is the only grinder that uses ball-bearings with every other grinder that I am aware of using brass bushings. Most other grinders have only one large bushing type bearing. The Country Living Mill has two ball bearings spaced far apart which increases the stability of the drive shaft and reduces bearing strain.

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country living mill country living grain mill, hand grain mill The Country Living Mill is without a doubt the most rugged manual grinder on the market today. It is the only grinder that uses ball-bearings with every other grinder that I am aware of using brass bushings. Most other grinders have only one large bushing type bearing. The Country Living Mill has two ball bearings spaced far apart which increases the stability of the drive shaft and reduces bearing strain.

The photo to the right shows what the grinder looks like when the threaded adjustment knob, the rotating burr, the drive key and grain auger have been removed. The grinder must be broken down to this point to install the bean and corn auger. If you wished, you could now pull the drive shaft out of the mill from the crank side. You can see that this grinder is amazingly easy to take apart and clean.

The Keys:
If you are using the large auger, there are three keys that must be installed for the grinder to operate. The standard auger set-up only requires two keys. The purpose of the keys are to lock the different rotating parts of the grinder to the drive shaft so they all turn as one unit. There's a key locking the pulley wheel to the drive shaft, another to lock the bean and corn auger to the drive shaft if installed, and on the end of the grinder, a third key to lock the rotating burr of the grinder to the drive shaft. The keys are quite small and are easily lost. When taking
country living mill country living grain mill, hand grain millthe grinder apart, be mindful of the keys. And before any disassembly, clean your work area. More than one key has been lost in a bowl of wheat or flour. This is especially true for those who do not know to keep an 'eye out', as the key can quite unnoticeably fall out of the groove in the drive shaft during disassembly, then get lost in whatever floury mess you have at the base of the grinder. For many folks, the first indication there's something wrong is when they reassemble their grinder, and the rotating burr doesn't turn when they crank the handle. By this time, the key may very well be long gone. Be careful with the keys. The grinder won't work without them.

country living mill country living grain mill, hand grain mill Layout of the Country Living Mill Grinding Mechanism

A. The Fixed Burr or Plate. Held into position by three screws.
B. The Rotating Burr or Plate
C. The Threaded Coarseness Adjustment Knob
D. The Grain Auger
E. The Key
F. Three Washers.

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INSTALLING THE GRINDING MECHANISM

1. Install the stationary plate or burr with the three screws. This requires a 5/32 Allen wrench. Don't tighten them too tightly. Snug is enough as the housing is made out of aluminum.

2. Slide the grain auger spring over the drive shaft and push it into the feed housing until it bottoms out at the end.

country living mill country living grain mill, hand grain mill 3. Install the drive key into the slot of the drive shaft. (See photo above)

4. Slide the rotating burr onto the drive shaft ensuring the key way on the burr slides over the key in the groove of the shaft.

5. Install the 3 washers on the shaft.

6. Screw the threaded coarseness adjustment knob onto the drive shaft and screw it down until the two burrs are almost touching.

7. For operating instructions, see the owner's manual.
After you've done it once you'll realize that this isn't too difficult. It isn't necessary to take the grinder apart and clean it after every use. A little flour residue in the feed chamber and between the plates isn't going to hurt a thing, especially if you are frequently grinding grain. At our house we give our grinder a thorough clean-up maybe once a year.


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