Look what I found in a corner of one of the old barns next to my workshop!
Has anyone tried one of these for crushing charcoal?
It’s an oil seed cake crusher (rape seed for cattle feed).
This is what the mouth parts look like. See the charcoal eating teeth!
It has a lever that allows adjustment of the gap, and at the tightest setting it seems to produce nothing bigger than 3/4"!
I’ve only tried a few handfulls through it so far but it seems to work a treat.
Pete the tractor driver said that some have a pulley wheel on the other end of the shaft to connect it to a belt drive.
The slanting wooden bits below the crushers had a rack attached (broken) which could easily be replaced with a 1/8" screen to create a shoot into a bin or barrel.
Maybe a plywood hopper add-on would make sense to avoid having to stop to reload the whole time and bob’s-yer-unkle!
This is a British one made in Abyth by A. Sinclair & Son, but I’d imagine they would have been available in any country that had cattle farming? I’m away from home for most of this week but next week I’ll make some charcoal and let you know how it performs.