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Old 11-29-2005, 08:32:46 PM
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I Just Acquired A Very Unusual Buhr Mill. Built By Us Wind Engine And Pump Co. Batavia , Ill. Pat. May 25, 1869 And July 19, 1870. The Buhrs Grind Vertically But Is Driven Horizintally. It Is In Very Good Shape But Iam Missing The Hopper. I Need Dimensions. Was It Tin Or Wood Or Maybe Iron?? I Have Photo , BUT CANT POST BECAUSE FILE IS TOO LARGE. E MAIL ME FOR PHOTO.. Thanks For Any Help.

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Old 11-29-2005, 08:46:34 PM
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David,

Can you post the picture?

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Old 11-30-2005, 12:32:46 AM
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If it's Batavia, I think that would make it some sort of Challenge or precursor wouldn't it? Kevin
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Here are pictures of David's burr mill. I haven't seen one like this before that I can recall.

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David

I am waiting to hear from 2 friends who have Grinders like yours. USWE merged with Challange in the Late 1930's if I remember right. I have a larger grinder, but haven't fully identified who made it as there is no writing on it.

This is a friends who recently restored it, but doesn't have a hopper for it. (photo is over exposed due to operator(me) error)


This is my unknown, but has many common design elements. I have only had it out to one show back in 2003 because I usually run my #3 Appleton which grinds much nicer.


We can compare measurments of the hopper base if you want. It just sits there. If there is enough clearance, below the brace, it may work for you to copy/scale off of.
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David,

I believe your grinder is a copy of the IXL feed grinder made by American Well Works, Aurora, Ill. that was in in use since the early 1870's according to C.H. Wendel's Encyclopedia of American Farm Implements & Antiques. There is an illustration on page 135 that appears to be from their 1887 catalog which looks to be identical to your grinder. The hopper is square with sides tapering down to the base where it mounts.

On the same page there is also a picture and info on a U.S. Wind Engine & Pump Co., Batavia - feed cutter with the IXL model designation so think it's more than a co-incidence that the two different companies would use same model letters.

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Thanks Guys For Your Help. Steve, I Would Like Dimensions On The Wooden Hopper When You Get A Chance. Thanks Again.
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I am a miller and currently only have a small David Bradley mill to grind chicken feed with. I do volunteer at the largest working windmill in the US here in Pella, Iowa. I would LOVE to come across a mill like yours. The more unusual they are the better I like them. Quite interesting. Of course, i'd probably never be able to afford one. Oh well, one can dream.

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I believe your grinder is a copy of the IXL feed grinder made by American Well Works, Aurora, Ill.
I found this engraving in my 1893 American Well Works Encyclopedia if it helps any.
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