I'm not even sure there is a call for what I have. Many years ago we spent months,way before the Internet!, gathering up the components to set up and run a turn of the century grist mill. We ground flint corn, flours, buckwheat. We ran it for about 10 as a business. Then other things happened and we no longer had the necessary people to work it.
About 6 years ago we dismantled it and stored it and found other uses for the building. Now we think we would like to sell the grist mill equipment but I'm not even sure there is a market for it. Maybe someone could point me in the direction of who would be interested in it. This is what the equipment is comprised of:
A 1930 era, J.A. Vance 16 inch vertical stone mill, with a brand new set of extra stones still in the crate. This mill will grind 100lb of hard flint corn per hour. This is a free standing mill that stands on a base with and overhead clutch.
2 hole corn sheller with a shacking elevator, this belt driven and runs off the overhead line shaft.
Turn of the century Fairbanks and Morse model Z, 6 hp gasoline engine. With snap in clutch. Mounted on frame with toolbox. Come with proper cast iron exhaust head.
Also included is all the overhead shafting and hangers need to run this mill and corn sheller.
There are other misc. things,box sifter, a small mixing mill,etc,that we have that would go with it. This was a sweet setup. the overhead line shaft is about 12 -14 feet long so you would need a building to accommodate that. If anyone is interested I will go to the work of taking pictures of the stuff.
I have been considering setting up my own small milling operation for some time now.
I am very interested in seeing photos of equipment.
Any photos of equipment when it was all set up would be valuable as well.
Do you have a ballpark idea of what you will be asking for equipment?
Can you tell me where you are located? Freight will be a big consideration.
Thanks in advance.
I know a few Amish down the road that might be interested as well. They won't use the internet but have no problems if I print it for them.
I am definitely curious and interested to see pictures, although I am personally only a tire-kicker and day-dreamer.
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There are three working grist mills near where I live. Two are only operated a couple of times a year for festivals but one is in more use, they produce corn meal that is sold in local stores and at farmers markets.
I don't need one myself but I did want to lend credence to the idea that there is a market for such things. Locally grown and milled grain is a product whose time is coming back.
I've started a new thread so I can upload some pictures of the mill and the equipment that we have collected to go with it. One correction the mill is 14 inch not 16. Uploading the pictures seem to be slow going so I'm going to see if I can upload them to photobucket and then link to it.
i have a gristmill - it is 16-20 inches. not sure too much more on it. also have a corn husker and forge and huge sawmill blade. i'm researching its value. if anyone has any info or questions, please reply!
I know it's an old topic but anyone wanting to sell grist mills may want to cross-post to The Fresh Loaf, a bread forum for keeners. Some forum participants are very interested in milling their own wheat and grains and very passionate about self-sufficiency. Just a thought.
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