Why Should I Keep The Old, Rusty and Dusty Hand Operated Mill?

This is the corn mill mom bought when I was still young. Few establishments were offering grinding service back then. Acquiring one was of great help.

old rusty dusty corn mill

It has been stored for years. See the dust and rust. Milling services can now be found anywhere. Paying a small fee is better than having the equipment. Besides this manual mill is a pain.  Pain for today’s sedentary and lazy lifestyle.

Lets take a closer look.

Its operation is very simple. Place the mill upward on edge of a sturdy table. A “C “clamp is provided for this purpose. Turn the triangle screw to fix it in place.

corn mill c clamp

Place the grain in cone and rotate the handle clockwise. The handle is connected to drive coil and drive coil is connected to rotating burr. The drive coil will force the grain toward the rotating burr. The two burrs will collide thus breaking every grain in between.

corn mill wooden handle

Two wing nuts are installed on opposite end. The outer nut is used to tighten the space between two burrs. Tighten the inner nut to fix the burr position. Finer ground is achieved by tightening the outer nut.

manual grinder

Seven reasons why I should send it to junk shop:

1) It should be mounted on a very sturdy table.
3) Clamp screw tend to bore hole underneath the table. There was a washer on top of the screw but it was so thin. Damaged after few uses.
4) When grinding tough commodities, the mill tend to sway back and forth leaving table scratches.
5) Very fine particles cannot be achieved. Particle size is dependent on dept of burr teeth.
6) Weak arm strength with low endurance will make milling of corn to almost eternity.
7) Coarse grinding can be done in a jiffy. How about fine grinding.

On the second thought, this dusty, rusty and forgotten mill can be converted to electric grinder. I have seen many establishments using the idea. The “C” clamp and metal arm for manual operation were removed. The body was fitted onto metal frame. Then a  high power electric motor was rotating the burr in high speed.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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