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Anyone have a Country Living Mill with the motor

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UnConundrum

Anyone have a Country Living Mill with the motor

I was wondering if anyone has a Country Living mill with the advertised motor option.  If so, would you be kind enough to post pictures and measurements of the board/base that ships with it?  I've looked and looked, but haven't been able to see what it looks like with the base or how big it is.  Not sure I have room for one.  I'd really like to buy one, but I need to make sure I have the space first.


Thanks in advance

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susanB

ooh! I can answer this one!!


My Country Living Grain Mill and it's motorized attachment are about 4 years old, so I don't know if the current version is exactly the same. The base measures 16x24 inches, and it stands about 16 inches high. It's quite heavy, so don't plan on moving it around all the time. Since I use mine at least once a week, it stays on a rolling kitchen cart. The plastic bin to catch the flour is sitting at the left -- I'd really recommend getting that, too.


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crunchy

Susan, I'm considering buying the CL mill. How do you like yours? Have you tried using it without the motor? I'd appreciate some feedback.

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susanB

I like it a lot - it's the only mill I've ever used, so don't have anthing to compare it with. It's not hard to crank but does give your shoulders/arms a bit of a workout (not a bad thing!) I'd recommend getting an optional crank extension to get a little more throw length to your crank. It's much easier that way.


Cleaning and adjusting is easy - the works come apart by turning the adjusting knob all the way out. Just make a 'witness mark' on the knob so you know where to set it back to on re-assembly. I have a few marks - one for wheat, one for corn and one for malted barley (son-in-law is a brewer and we crack his grains). That gets you back into the ballpark and you make finer adjustments by tightening a little more or less for finer/coarser flour.


Originally I did not have the motor attachment, and ground a couple of pounds of wheat every week for our bread. It did take some time of course. One issue without the motor is that you have to really attach it well to a stationary counter or heavy table. I attached it with clamps to a fairly small cart/butcher block, and had to brace the cart against a counter with my foot to keep it from 'walking' across the floor. Very frustrating! If I were going to go motor-less now, I'd permanently mount the mill to a counter or worktable. 


There's not a lot of clearance below the grinding wheels to place a bowl. I bought the plastic bin offered with it and it works fine. Before that, I used a loaf pan (flat sided so it would fit right under the wheels.


Hope that helped -- anything else I can answer, let me know!


--Susan

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crunchy

Your response was very helpful. I think I'll be making the plunge as soon as I finish up the flour I have stockpiled (about 15 lbs, not a lot).

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UnConundrum

Susan, did you buy it motorized?  From the pictures, the current iteration is different.  They have a shroud over the wheels and belts, at least, so it appears.

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susanB

No, originally I did not have the motor (I like to know that I can manage to do things without electricity if I need to). But I'm happy that I have it now -- and haven't used it without the motor more than twice in the last couple of years.


The shroud comes with the motorizing kit. It's suggested you use it for safety. I like the looks of it without the shroud and only attach it (couple of screws to the base) if there are strangers or little ones in the house while I'm grinding.


--Susan