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David Bradley Feed Grinder
This David Bradley feed grinder was purchased by my grandfather from Sears and Roebuck in about 1925. It was originally powered by a Deere hit and miss engine.
  The old mill sat unused for 30 or more years with the building falling down around it. When I needed a way to grind ear corn for my small beef herd, I took another look at the old mill. It was still in working condition, but it was designed to be belt-driven and I didn't have a tractor equipped with a belt pulley.
  I attached a pto shaft to a small rubber tire and then attached the wheel to a shaft and mounted the shaft, with pillow block bearings on it, to the frame of the mill. The tire rolls against the pulley that the belt used to run on. I put just enough air pressure in the tire to keep it from slipping. I use my small IH 140 tractor to pto-drive the mill. It really works well. (Michael Young, 1920 Hurricane Church Rd., Clinton, S.C. 29325 ph 864 833-4461)

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #6