Post by 12540dumont on Dec 16, 2013 17:02:26 GMT -5
Okay, so here's a quick review on the seed cleaning machines we have purchased.
1. The Little Pea Sheller, recommended to us by Dar, has done a fine job of cleaning dry beans. Not every bean is done perfectly and you still have to give them a float or winnow them when completed. As a bonus it also shells freshies. It's a little noisy but it easy to adjust. I like this machine. It comes 90% assembled. In the photo, I'm cleaning Violet's every colored limas. I was done in an hour!
This is the machine with the little green tub under it. Lots of views of this on U-tube.
2. The second machine is a Howe Thresher. This was a nightmare it assemble. Finally we took it to a guy who assembles complicated machinery everyday. Even he said the instructions were difficult. On first pass the wheat went everywhere, so I suggested we go buy a kiddie pool to contain the entire thing. The wheat had to be passed through 3 times before it finally was clean. For 2 quart jars, Leo was out there all day. All my wheat is not created equal, as I have winter wheat, spring wheat and a dozen kinds of farro. Leo said the barley was much easier. Figures, because Barley is not that great for making bread. This machine is going to take a lot of work to adjust just right. I'm also annoyed that there was no switch, so to turn it off, you have to unplug it. Note the safety gear required! Face Mask, Achoo! Eye protection and EAR protection. It's loud! I know people with this Thresher who say it works pretty well. My wheat is off the stock, and so I don't know if that makes a difference. I'm guessing it does. It's hard to store a shocks of wheat in the barn. solarcarandtractor.com/scat_4/Products.html This is where I purchased the thresher.
Yup just spoke to Howe, wheat is supposed to be on the shock. (S**t).
I'm sorry that I didn't just buy the mini batt sample harvester. I just kept thinking it looked so heavy and bulky and that batteries are getting smaller all the time.
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