Don’t Motorize Your Hand Grain Mill, Combo It
Is A Motorized Hand Mill “The Best Of Both Worlds”?
Some people call a motorized hand mill “the best of both worlds” but I would disagree. I think would be better off getting a combo of an electric mill and a hand mill, let me show you why.
What Are The Negatives to Motorizing Your Hand Mill?
First off is that it is expensive, the grain mill is expensive enough with out the motorizing kit and motor you have to buy afterwards (see below for actual costs). Then there is the fact that when you motorize your hand mill it voids the warranty. And if your house is anything like mine, you really don’t have the room to have a motorized hand mill setup somewhere taking up a large amount of valuable space. Also, if you are going to use electricity or a generator, you might as well get the speed and convenience an electric grain mill can give you.
Advantages Of Getting An Electric Mill & Manual Mill Combo
The biggest advantage is that you are going to save some big bucks over motorizing your hand mill (about $150 bucks). You get to keep your warranty. You don’t have to have a space set aside for large motorized setup; you can get them out and put them away at your convenience. If you get the Wonder Junior Deluxe, you won’t even have to drill any holes to mount it. You will truly have the best of both worlds; a hand mill for emergencies and oily grains, and an electric mill that conveniently makes great flour fast with less mess.
Cost Comparison - Motorizing vs. Electric & Manual Mill Combo
Country Living Grain Mill
- Motorizing Kit $350 + Country Living Grain Mill $430 = $780
- Country Living Grain Mill $430 + Good Electric Mill $260 = $690 ($90 LESS)
Wonder Junior Deluxe Grain Mill
- Motorizing Kit $350 + Pulley $60 + Wonder Junior Deluxe $220 = $630
- Wonder Junior Deluxe $220 + Good Electric Mill $260 = $480 ($150 LESS)
Wonder Junior Grain Mill
- Motorizing Kit $350 + Pulley $60 + Wonder Junior Basic $170 = $580
- Wonder Junior Basic $170 + Good Electric Mill $260 = $430 ($150 LESS)
Side Note: What is a Good Electric Mill? A good electric grain mill would be either the WonderMill or the Nutrimill, both are about $260 and will perform wonderfully.