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deciding on a grain mill

adelatexas's picture

deciding on a grain mill

hi there,

I am in the market to buy a grain mill.  Want to buy one really soon but having a hard time deciding which one to get.  My budget: $300

The Nutrimill and the Old Magic Mill (wood) are the two main mills that I am in debating .   I know they are two different types of mills but would really love any input.  soon. :)

 I saw a wood Magic Mill 1/2 motor version on craigslist that has hardly been used for $200.00.  I like that this mill was made in the USA and it looks very well built and that should last a long time. 

The nutrimill has a good warranty but wondering if it's a work horse like the Magic Mill (known as the golden grain mill)?  If I am going to spend close to $300 than I want to make sure the machine lasts me for years.  I have been baking our own bread for some time.  Maybe even considering offering to sale bake good from my own home or farmers market to make a little bit of money. 


thanks for any input!

niceguy1129's picture


I have used a Nutrimill for several years and it has never given me any trouble. I primarily mill wheat for bread baking, but have ground popcorn to make corn meal for quick breads and hush puppies. It is loud and whines like a vacuum cleaner on steroids, but does a great job of giving the flour a grind consistency that I like. I chose to not purchase a Magic Mill because they are no longer made and finding parts may become an issue in the future.

The first year I owned the Nutrimill I was baking 40-60 loaves per week for my family and to sell at a farmer's market (50 lbs of wheat per week). It did a great job without a single issue. I expanded my baking the next year and built a small commercial kitchen with enough volume that I could justify a small stone mill (Meadows Mill). I continue to use the Nutrimill (5 lbs of wheat per week) for baking in my home kitchen and it continues to work flawlessly.

I think either mill will do a fine job, but you need to be happy with your purchase. Good luck and happy bread baking.  

adelatexas's picture

what about the Tribest Hawo's Grain Mill?  how would it compared to the old magic mill?  I saw one on craigslist for $200.00 hardly used vs brand new at $600.00 (ouch).  I also saw on craigslist a wooden magic mill 1/2 HP motor hardly used for $200.00. thanks

azhockeydad's picture

FYI there is a magic mill for sale on good Luck!

kneading's picture

My only compliant about my nutri mill is the lid is so hard to get on and off but it grinds wheat great.