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COUNTRY LIVING GRAIN MILL

MOTORIZING IT

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You can motorize your Country Living Mill in several different ways, 4 of which are shown below...

Caution:

Full Liability And Responsibility For Complying To All Federal, State and Local Safety Standards Is Assumed By Any Person Or Persons Who Modify Or Motorize The Country Living Mill In Any Way.

Motorized mills should be operated by adults only. The below schematics are merely suggestions that may help you achieve a lower R.P.M. for cooler grinding if you choose not to grind by hand.

Note: All belts and pulleys not driven by hand should be enclosed.

Motorizing your Country Living Mill invalidates the warranty. However, correctly done, a motorized Country Living Mill should still last for many years under normal use before the bearings or burrs wear out.

country living grain mill, country living mill, hand grain mill, grain millPurchasing our Motorization Kit is the easiest way to motorize your Country Living Mill. It has a German made, gear reduction motor attached to a birch base. It also comes with a safety guard to hide the pulley wheels and belt. All you have to do is bolt your Country Living Mill to the mount, attach the belt and belt guard and it's ready to go. Just like the Country Living Mill, the motorization kit is built to last for many years. With this kit, your mill turns at about 50 rpm to insure a cool grind for all your flours.

 

country living grain mill, country living mill, hand grain mill, grain millAbove & To the Left, you'll see our motorization kit with and without the safety guard. As long as you have electricity this is a wonderful way to grind your flour. It's very quiet (you can actually have a conversation standing next to it), and the grind is very cool. We've had our motorization kit on the Country Living Grain Mill for over four years, and ground flour for friends, neighbors, and a large extended family. There has been minimal wear on the grinding plates, and the motor has performed flawlessly. In short, we love it. Purchase Now

Creating your Own Motorization Kit

Many mechanically-inclined owners of the Country Living Grain Mill have decided to motorize their own mills. If you are interested in motorizing your Country Living Mill we have listed some guidelines below.

The preferred methods for motorizing your Country Living Grain Mill involve the use of intermediate pulleys, which are the key to reducing the milling speed. Thus giving you cooler more nutritious flour. This also minimizes the wear on your Country Living grinding plates and bearings.

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A.  Always remove handle when motorizing your mill.
B.  Country Living Grain Mill
C.  Note: Belts and pulleys should be enclosed for safety reasons.
D.  Size A or 4L V-belt 1/2" wide X 5/16" thick.
E.  5/8" keyed shaft.
F.  6" pulley
G.  3" pulley
H.  Pivot
I.  2 ea. 5/8" pillow block bearings
J.  2" pulley
K.  Pivot
L.  1750 RPM washer or drier motor
M.  Weight of motor will keep belts tight.

Horizontal Installation

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A.  Country Living Mill
B.  3" Pulley
C.  Size A or 4L V-belt 1/2" wide X 5/16" thick
D.  5/8" pillow block bearings
E.  6" Pulley
F.  5/8" Keyed Shaft
G.  2" Pulley
H.  1750 RPM washer or dryer motor

The following formula will allow you to compute the pulley size needed to achieve a specific RPM: Driven Pulley size X Speed of Driven Pulley Divided by Speed of Driving Pulley = Size of Driving Pulley

120 is the absolute maximum RPM for the Country Living Grain Mill. Through long experience, we have discovered that our mill performs optimally at revolutions of less than 100 per minute.

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The Easiest Method:

The 1150 RPM Motor with no intermediate gear reduction.

 

If you are not mechanically inclined, and want to go a simpler route, some people use the 1150 RPM motor because they are readily available. We at Country Living feel that this is still too fast because it heats up and creates wear on your plates. However, many people have done this because it is the simplest and quickest way to motorize your mill.
We personally recommend that you grind the flour slower and cooler, and have shown you, with the schematics and formula above, how to do this.

Motorizing with a 1150 RPM motor

A. Always remove handle when motorizing your mill.

B. The Country Living Mill

C. Size A or 4L V-belt 1/2" wide X 5/16" thick. Belts and pulleys should be
enclosed for safety reasons.

D. The Motor. Must be a 1150 RPM slow turning motor, at least 1/3 HP. If you get slots in the motor mounts, this will make it a lot easier to get the correct tension on the belt during installation.

E. Motor Pulley: 1-1/2" diameter.

F. Slidable mounting block for setting the belt tension. You can skip this if you got a motor with slots in the mounts.

 

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