Hi everyone tonight

further to our discussion of the husking frame and associated equipment

In our mill the power source is complemented by steam power, which is located adjacent to the the mill structure and on a level that allows the power to be transmitted to the husking frame from the steam engine's flywheel which is 8 feet in diameter. the power is tranmitted using again 12 inch pure leather belting which was made special in England for this purpose. The belt is endless and is approximately 120 feet long

Both the steam engine and the 42" water turbine puts out equal horsepower which is in this case 45 hp and answers the question that I posed above and which I received no takers.

When the steam engine is engaged it in turns not only runs the mill equipment but has to revolve the water turbine because it is hooked directly to the shafting and there is no way to disengage it. In this regard it (the turbine)requires some water to lubricate the lignum vitae wood bearing that it spins on at all times. It also supplies some latent power due to the spinning action and the weight of itself as it spins at about 100 rpm.

As you get everything up and running the steam engine's flywheel the turbine, the grinding stones you are tapping into alot of energy sources just due to to revolving of all the different parts. This acts also like a governor and helps move the equipment through some of the tough grinding sequences, or as you engage extra milling equipment.

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