From the HBD Archive
From: (Bob Fozard)
Subject: pasta mill mod
Date: 1992-05-14 04:49:22 GMT

After having read about using a pasta roller for a grain mill here in
the digest, and then finding one on sale for $40, I decided to give it
a shot. The poster recommended scarring up the rollers with a grinding
wheel or some such device in order to roughen them up enough to cause
the grain to be fed through. I did a version of this, but was never
quite satisfied with the feed rate. I have recently applied a few
1/2'' wide strips of self-adhesive friction tape down the length of the
rollers (4 strips on each roller, with about 1/4'' space between each),
the same stuff you might put down on a step to keep people from
slipping. This has resulted in a huge increase in the feed rate, with
no apparent degradation in the crush. I thought that the sand-papery
tape might shred the husks to bits, but they come out quite nicely.
The adhesive seems to work quite well, so I doubt I'll need to refresh
them very often.

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