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Help with Mill Choice

Ricko's picture
Ricko

Help with Mill Choice

With the Grain Maker mill out of the running, I'm left with a choice between the Mockmill 200 and the KoMo Fidibus Classic.  Any cons between to two that would cause one to shy away from purchasing one over the other? 

My interests are for wheat flour for bread, rye flour for the same, and cracked oats for oatmeal. No exotic grains. 

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pmccool

It does everything that I need from a mill; cracked grains, meals, and flours.  So far my use has been limited to hard wheat, rye, oats, and barley.  No durum, millet, corn, or other grains, yet.  

It is moderately noisy but not as piercing as impact mills tend to be.  

My one gripe is that it is a challenge to keep dust from going everywhere, since the milled flour drops from the discharge chute into whatever container you use.  I often mill into a bowl.  Draping it with a towel or plastic wrap cuts down on the amount of fugitive dust but does not eliminate it.  More recently, I tried holding the neck of a plastic bag around the discharge chute while the flour dropped into the bag.  That worked better but still isn’t a perfect solution. 

Since I have no experience with the Mockmill, I can’t offer firsthand insights.  Given that Wolfgang Mock was involved in both designs, I suspect that the two mills function similarly.  

Paul

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Ricko

Thank you Paul for your honest opinion. I would suppose that any mill would produce a certain amount of dust. Nature of the beast I guess. Reading all the reviews on both machines that I could, I have to say that there didn't seem to be any hidden disappointments. In which case I went ahead and ordered a KoMo Classic which was in stock. I have to say that both brands of machines are pretty much in the same price range also. I was originally going with the Grain Maker 116 with motor, but ran into some customer service issues which forced me to cancel my order. I also couldn't justify a $2072.70 price tag for a mill that wouldn't grind any better than the KoMo or Mockmill that sold for 1/4 of the price of the Grain Maker!