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Steel Burrs wearing out?

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SLN

Steel Burrs wearing out?

We have both the Grain Maker #116 and the Country Living mills. We are concerned if at some point the burrs wear out, whether they will still be available, and if we should get more now. Both of the mills are built sturdy, but moving parts do wear out. Has anyone had any experience with this?

The Country Living Mill says it has a "lifetime" warranty, but we have no idea what that means in actual pounds of wheat and other grains ground. The Grain Maker, we have no idea. They do sell extra burrs for it though, which leads us to believe we might need them. We want to keep these useful for as long as possible. Any suggestions?

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cjjjdeck

Wow, not just one, but two great mills!

I had the great fortune to meet Randy Jones (who is a master machinist), the designer of the beautiful GrainMaker series mills (I'm jealous you have one!) recently at a show GrainMaker was exhibiting at.  We had a brief discussion about burr quality. He said he had a concern of using too soft of metal on the burrs due to other manufacturers mills producing "grayish" flour due to too soft of metal being used.  He elected to go with "hardened" steel burrs which should give great longevity.

I would give GrainMaker a call and get their opinion, Randy and Bonnie Jones are wonderful people and take great pride in their products.  They would know how often their burrs are being replaced, especially since they have their mills being used in commercial environments as well.  Here's a link to their site:

http://www.grainmaker.com/

Unfortunately, I have no experience with the Country Living mill, but many people on this forum that use them speak very highly of that mill as well.  I'm sure others will chime in here.

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SLN

We did get the chance to speak to Bonnie at GrainMaker this morning. She said they had one gentleman who ordered a replacement burr after ten years, but she also knew he was using it with an electric motor at a higher RPM than the one they sell, and he was processing agricultural grade grains. He had run approximately 10 tons through it before there was any wear. That was the only instance she knew of of anyone needing a replacement since they have started selling them. So we are good there!

We were fortunate to get the bicycle attachment for the GrainMaker, and recently, the electric motor. The Country Living Mill we purchased first, but have not set up yet, waiting for the pantry to get done so it can all be mounted.

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Gail_NK

Jack Jenkins, manufacturer of Country Living Grain Mills, is a dear, sweet man and his mills are built to last generations. That's why all the parts are available so you can keep them in top shape.

Reach out to him and ask any question you might have. He'll answer! Tell him Gail from GoodFood World sent you.

Gail_NK

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SLN

Thanks for the contact information. I am pretty sure that I will wear out long before the all the burrs will, as we did get extra.