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Old April 28th, 2013, 08:26 PM
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Has anyone ever built a homemade cream machine? In the North American Maple Producer book there is a picture of a homemade machine. If anyone has plans that would be great. Thanks Lee
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Old April 28th, 2013, 09:31 PM
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I was wondering about building one using an oberdorfer pump like the new CDL ones, the thing I didn't know was if its just the pump or is there something else that actually turns it to cream or if it was something else and the pump just pushes the cream?
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It just the pump turning. I believe the pump turns about 50 rpm
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Well if you do it that way it seems pretty cheap and simple to make
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Start pricing gear pumps with gear reduction motors. Not cheap.
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There is one thing that bugs me a little about using those brass gear pumps. I questioned this on filter presses in the past and from what I gather is this. These gear pumps are perfectly fine to run in the industry so long as they are pre-filter. Post filter is not a great ideal. They wear internally and the byproduct of worn gears go somewhere. And doesnt those bronze gear pumps contain lead? To me metal particles containing lead thats not being filtered out of the end product concerns me a bit. I could be way off base on this so please correct me if my logic is not correct.
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They are now making brass without lead, not sure if the pumps are made out of that brass or not. My mom works with water treatment and they use brass a lot, and the amount of lead in the brass has to be below about 3.5% so the amount of lead is so small I don't think it would effect the cream by running through it. Not sure about the whole metal shavings thing though...
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I have a neighbor that brings me scrap equipment from water treatment plants. He brought me 3 mechanical water meters that had big warning stickers on them that they were not allowed for potable water or human consumption in California. I tore them apart and the entire guts were plastic and only the housing was brass. They sure are getting picky out there. Most brass has Lead for the ease of machining and Calif. says 0.0% YIKES.
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