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Inexpensive hammer mills

 
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I have been looking at “inexpensive” hammer mills (under $1000.00).  Has anyone used these?  How well do they perform.
 
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Is it possible?
 
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do you mean the kind for crushing rocks? besides finding a used one probably the cheapest you will find is on a web site like Alibaba
 
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For grain to make livestock feed. Here is one example
 
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Just curious, would an electric roller mill do what you want to do?
 
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Hi John.

I have never used a hammer mill, but use a bunch of grist mills.  The first on is engine power and I have $175 into, The next one is hand powered and it was $35.  The third one is one I got in scrap over the summer.  It was all apart in the back of a scrap truck, and I found all of the parts.  It cleaned up and works well.  The fourth one is a big one I picked up at a flee market for $75 this summer.  I have many more.  

These are all adjustable to grind the feed or flour to your liking.  
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Hi All,

I already have a manual grist mill and a Wonder Mill.   I am looking for something to attack something like a soy bean and break it up.
 
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I have found the bigger ones have gripper finger that crush the beans before they get to the flat styles grist work ok.  It has a 5 gallon hopper so it is big. We have an old line of soybeans that can be eaten raw.  Maybe our beans just are not as oily.  I just run a little corn through it when I'm done to clean out the oil.  That mill was made by ih.  It is buried in the barn at the moment.  It will actually grind corn cobs too.  
 
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In southern IL you should be able to find an old farm grinder mixer that is too small for modern ag but way bigger and stronger than the small modern ones.
 
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Hi R Scott,

Good point. I will start asking.  It is buried in the back of somebodies barn.  I just have to find that somebody.
 
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