I Waffled between building and buying last year.
I noticed that many commercial machines like the EZ Plucker have dual drive belts. Anyone have a good source for these parts? Anyone want to share a shoot discharge design?
You very well might be right in that I should just buy a plucker. I did find a nice sale on cconly.com - $100 off right now. I really don't process that many birds per year, but I hate plucking birds manually. We process about 50/ year. If I had a plucker, we might considering raising some more meat birds per year.
If I could find a 1 hp, 1725 rpm motor reasonably, I would still build one. To that end, I did find this pulley and bought it at a good price. This link is just to show the exact same one that I bought, I did not buy it from this retailer: https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/00754739