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Old 05-20-2018, 08:50:13 PM
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Default Model Meadows Grist Mill by Cooper

Hi

I just acquired a model Meadows Grist Mill produced by Cooper. I am looking for someone who has one and has used it.

Basic questions:

1. Spindle rotation, I think it is counter clockwise looking from the pulley end

2. I have seen it run many years ago with flower. Does it work with corn? or
what kind of grain have others used in it?

3. I think there is a part missing, but without some photos I am not sure.

See pictures thanks in advance for any help

Bob
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:22:14 AM
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Default Re: Model Meadows Grist Mill by Cooper

Hi Bob, I have the example that Clif Roemmich built. I must admit I do not know the answer
to your question as I have never tried to make it work other than to belt it up to a
1/3 scale galloway just once to see it spin, not even knowing the required direction.
I did loosen the adjustment to clean some ground stuff out of it.
Please reach out to Clif for more info.
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Default Re: Model Meadows Grist Mill by Cooper

I am watching this thread with intense interest. Please post the info you find!
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Old 05-23-2018, 04:38:56 PM
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Default Re: Model Meadows Grist Mill by Cooper

I have never seen one of these, but if the little shrouded rotary thing in the fourth photo is a fan (is it?) it surely must rotate in the opposite direction to which it is going in Gil's video? It would be doing that if Bob's machine were run in the same rotation as Gil's given that it has a crossed belt?
I don't know if all scale engines run in the same direction? My Red Wings and RLE do, and I think would drive this mill with uncrossed main belt - like Gil's - but with crossed fan (?) belt.

Just a guess. John.
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:21:49 PM
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Sad to say Harry Cooper has passed on otherwise I'd give him a call.


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Default Re: Model Meadows Grist Mill by Cooper

The mill can be run in both directions. As others have indicated the fan must run the correct direction to operate. I remember putting a twist in the belt to make the fan run the right way when I belted the grist mill up the way I wanted to drive it.
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Cliff,

Did you ever grind corn with it?
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I only ground wheat.
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Default Re: Model Meadows Grist Mill by Cooper

I have operated the real thing and you are correct about the drive pulley rotation...it should turn counter-clockwise if you are looking at it so that the rotating stone will "throw" the ground up product out of the discharge spout correctly. The fan is correct by turning in the opposite direction from the main shaft. The unused hole isn't used for anything. Not sure why it is there as the real thing doesn't have one on that side. Hope this helps!

Also, I doubt that such a small scale engine will have enough power to grind corn with this machine. Even with small grains like wheat, you would need to feed them in very slowly (I imagine) or else the whole thing will jam up. If you do attempt corn, your best bet it to run it through multiple times and gradually reduce it. Try for "cracked corn" the first time through, and then make it smaller and smaller until you end up with the texture of very coarse table salt.
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Default Re: Model Meadows Grist Mill by Cooper

I have seen it run with wheat but do not remember how much he fed in. I know he did not like the mess. Fine flower all over the place every time the wind would blow.

I appreciate confirming the rotation direction. The fan runs correctly when going CCW.

I assume there is a way to control how fine it grinds, need to get a instruction manual for a full sized one

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