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Does anyone have any experience and sources for a hazelnut shelling machine that is for a family use?  
I would like to grow hazelnuts between my fruit trees but I don't see anyone in the family having any interest in shelling each nut by hand.
 
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I'm going to build one of these as soon as I get some time.  I didn't get it done this year and gave all my hickory nuts away.



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I haven't built one yet but I was going to go with a double roller to crack hazelnuts.  But now that I see Mike's video, that may be a better option.  Gives the option to do hazelnuts or walnuts (or anything else I'd guess).

The nice thing about hazelnuts is that they're a roundish nut in a roundish shell so once you crack them, it's done.  Unlike the innards of a walnut...
 
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The investment in tools would set me back some.  
I have seen some on ebay but do not have any confidence in how well they work.
 
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We have about 40-50 hazel bushes for home nut production. We have tried several methods of cracking and our favorite is still the one at a time method seen here -  
 
Instead of a steel plate we now use a large cast iron skillet which keeps stuff from flying all over. And we've gotten faster using one washer manipulated by the hand that is holding a supply of nuts to place in the crack zone and then flick the cracked nut away and place the next nut, etc. Yes, some of the other devices will crack nuts quicker, but you end up with more busted up nuts and a longer cleaning time. We have tried the Drill Cracker, and a hand-cranked Turkish filbert cracker. The Turkish cracker worked OK but unless your nuts are sorted to size, it requires many, many passes through the unit, each time reducing the throat size. Ultimately more work and poorer results. BTW, we have a Macademia nut cracker (cam lever) that we prefer for black walnuts and hickory nuts, also butternuts. Again, slower but less fine debris produced. Definitely for home use and not production.
 
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Interesting and coordination is needed but I could do that for a while.  Eventually I would whack my hand.  Past history is brutal.
   
 
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Dennis...Banghand?

Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
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Sometimes knifehand.  I often relearn why I should wear gloves.
 
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You're not the only one. It's a wonder I can still play my fiddle.
 
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