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Old 06-24-2011, 09:47:41 PM
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Picked up this mill today.
It's your typical mill but it has a lever that moves up and down inside the hopper.
Anybody know who made it?

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When Jeb comes on he'll provide the answer.
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That is your good, ol' David Bradley feed grinder. According to the Sears catalog, this particular version of their large grinder made its debut in 1929 and was sold at least into the 1940's There were a few earlier models that had some differences mainly in the burr adjustment mechanism.

These grinders (like many others) were designed to grind corn that was still on the cob, as well as shelled corn and mixed grains. If you imagine a corn cob that has gotten turned sideways and is laying horizontal as it works its way down the hopper, it could get stuck if it ended up touching both angled sides of the hopper. This is called "bridging". The arm that you speak of is an agitator that keeps the corn cobs stirred up and prevents them from bridging. IHC grinders had this feature in the form of an arm, and Letz machines had a large paddle that accomplished the same thing. The last thing you want to do is stick a broom handle or your hand into a running machine that has clogged itself, so this was sort of a safety feature.
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