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Other than a Diamant, is the Country Living Mill the only mill with a flywheel?

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BKSinAZ

Other than a Diamant, is the Country Living Mill the only mill with a flywheel?

I am about to order a grain mill and my budget is no more than $450.00 and I really like what I have read about the Country Living Mill. 


However, when researching this subject late last year, I could have sworn that there was another grain mill with a flywheel for about the same price of the Country Living Mill. This grain mill I thought I saw had a picture of a small child turning the flywheel.


Anyone know what I might have seen?


Other than the Diamant and Country Living Mill, are there any other grain mills that have a flywheel within my budget of $350.00 - $450.00?


 

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beeman1

There is a mill called a grainmaker that is similar but more exspensive   http://www.grainmaker.com/

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proth5

on ease of grinding.


Yes, we all know I love my Diamant.  The weight of the cast iron flywheel makes a difference.  But I do understand it is not in everyone's budget.


The Country Living has a "power bar" that will give more leverage and allow the mill to be turned more easily. I believe the Grainmakes does, too.


But some factors that also make a significant difference are how you mill (Grinding in one pass from grain to fine flour will take considerable effort in any mill.  Doing the same thing in several passes may take more elapsed time , but less pure muscle.) and how you load the hopper ( If you load a lot of grain in the hopper, it will be more difficult to turn the mill at any setting than if you load just a little.)


I've been turning my mill for years, now - just sayin'


A picture of a child turning a mill is charming, no doubt, but don't take it as "truth in advertising."


Good luck with your choice of a mill. Especially with a hand turned mill this is a big decision since the relative ease of turning the thing will be a big factor in whether or not you can stay with hand milling.


Happy Milling!

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Cindy Conner

I have both the GrainMaker and the Country Living Mill.  The GrainMaker is my favorite.  When I bought it in September 2010 the price was comparable to the Country Living Mill, but I see that the price has gone up.  When comparing prices, keep in mind that the power bar extension and the corn/bean auger are added expenses with the Country Living Mill, but included with the GrainMaker.  You can read about why I prefer the GrainMaker at my blog post at http://www.homeplaceearth.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/grain-mill-comparison-country-living-vs-grainmaker/ .  The flour that you see in the photo on the blog was done in one pass, with the mills both set to grind with the same fineness.  That's what I use in my baking.  The GrainMaker produced twice the flour in the same revolutions as the Country Living Mill.  Also, the augers are easier to change than on the Country Living Mill.  The effort was about the same.  Without the powerbar on the Country Living Mill, the GrainMaker was easier. 


The price has recently gone up for the GrainMaker, but since this is a very long term investment I think it is worth going for.  They are probably at other events, but I know that the GrainMaker folks will be at the Mother Earth News Fair at both Washington and Pennsylvania this year.  At the Pennsylvania MENFair last year they had three mills set up for you to try with wheat, corn, and coffee.  Being able to try it there is what sold me. Also, they are nice people who make the mills in their own machine shop in Montana.  My friends Dan and Margo have made peanut butter with their GrainMaker.  The links to their blog about the Grainmaker are in my post about the mills.


A friend of mine has a Diamont and one day I'll get our mills together to compare.  I hear, however, the the Diamant mills are now made in Poland and not Denmark like they used to be.