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
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
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