It has been such a long time since I’ve been able to step onto the platform, so I hope everyone is doing well!
I am in the midst of a slight expansion, not necessarily on the throughput side, but more on the safety side! My company that I work for has been doing Bucket Tek for quite a long time, and while it works, we are moving to a more expansive system for the upcoming rec market and opening new stores.
Been looking into a CUP15 or similar style system, and the most common denominator I see when utilizing any system of this type is mill sizing.
I tried searching but could only find really HIGH throughput options that I dont need - are there any smaller scale milling systems that work well for uniform size but not a powder consistency, even one hand powered? I’ve seen some where people are milling inside a 5-gallon bucket for this use, but I cant seem to locate anything for this purpose. Looking to Mill 12-15lbs at a time so I dont need anything huge.
I have used an electric drill and a paint mixer bit to grind a hemp crop grown for seed. Screen it however you like and regrind what doesn’t pass through the screen. I think the mixer bit is a little better than a sharp blade in regard to not releasing as much chlorophyll.
I don’t know if anyone else does this - but this is what I’ve been using for like… 3 years? They are easy to clean, low dust, sold for getting my small batches (10-15lbs of material) handled, and they don’t make too much powder - think using a hand grinder, not a coffee grinder.
There’s a bit of an art to it - you can’t just leave it on forever… and you do have to replace the whips on the inside like every 100 batches or so.
But I like it a lot better than the other options people have shared with me, including different milling blades and even a system that just “beats” the buds over a mesh grate.
Oh also - that post @SidViscous shared has so many kinds of options in it. I didn’t like fitz mill / hammer milling - so much dust everywhere. And I didn’t like comil, cause it was so hard to clean.
And I 100% agree that the pre-roll Futrola tool was too complex. The one I shared is basically a streamlined, one button and you’re done method. They even have one now that will sift out the stems - if you start with bigger stems in your biomass. -shrug-
We actually use what I can only describe as a giant sauerkraut blender lol. Working on getting an incinerator permitted though because it’s a lot of work to grind the junk up. The granulator we were using for reference was 10hp. It just didn’t have a tight enough clearance to really cut the stem fibers. They’re basically just lower-tolerance knife mills