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“New And Improved” Walnut Huller, Cracker
“Since you published the story about my homemade walnut huller and cracker (Vol. 36, No. 6) I’ve made a rotating, cylinder-shaped cage that separates the hulls from the nuts after they go through the huller. It eliminates the need to separate the hulls by hand,” says Larry Palmby, Dover, Minn.
  The cage is 15 in. dia. and rotates at 40 rpm’s. It slants downward, and has an implement tongue jack on one end so Palmby can adjust the angle of the downward slant.
  As the nuts roll around inside the cage, the hulls fall through to the ground while the nuts drop out one end of the cage and into a basket. The cage removes about 90 percent of the hulls.
  “I plan to add 2 water nozzles that will spray water through the cage. The water will remove any remaining hulls and also wash the nuts,” says Palmby.
  Palmby also built a new and improved nut cracker that he says “works absolutely beautiful”.
  The new nut cracker is built from a pair of 2-ft. high steel plates and sets on a stand about 2 1/2 ft. high. Inside there’s a stationary plate, and another plate that slants and is pushed back and forth by a belt-driven eccentric.
  Nuts are put one at a time into a tube on top. The cracked nuts come out the bottom and slide over a 1/4-in. screen that takes out the fines and puts them into a pail. The meat and shells fall into another pail.
  “It works similar to the way a rock crusher works,” says Palmby. “About 85 percent of the meat is out of the shells and is in nice, big pieces. It’ll crack 40 to 45 nuts per min.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Palmby, 607 County Road 10 SE, Dover, Minn. 55929 (ph 507 273-4206).

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