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Whizbang Plucker

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Amarisus, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Amarisus

    Amarisus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Ladies and Gents. I am building a whizbang plucker for my wife and I. I am curious as to the motors other have used. I know the type of motor to use (3/4 or 1 hp 1725rpm single phase, farm duty motor). What I am asking is what brand do people recommend. I could always go with the cheapest around but im concerned about the life of the motor. I would rather spend the money for a G.E. over a grizzly if it ment I would not have to replace it for many years. I welcome all input.
     
  2. Sorry can't help ya here, I'm a hand plucker.

    I would think even the cheapest motor should lat at least 10 yrs. How long do ya think you'll need it to last?
     
  3. Amarisus

    Amarisus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as possible. These pluckers represent a sizable investment and I would like it to service my family for as long as possible.
     
  4. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know if this helps, but I have had better luck with Grizzly motors on my table saw than I have with a GE brand motor. Went through 2 GE motors in 18 months on my table saw. The Grizzly has held 4 years and still going strong.
     
  5. lokua

    lokua Out Of The Brooder

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    I imagine any name brand "farm duty" motor will outlast the rest of the plucker for home use. (I think the plucker fingers and plastic tub have a useful life of 10-15 years before they get brittle from age) If your on a tight budget an old table saw motor would likely last a long time with intermittent use the average home plucker gets. Finally, keeping the motor clean and oiled will always extend its life exponentially.
     
  6. Amarisus

    Amarisus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice. The grizzly motor is substantially cheaper but it doesn't have the automatic thermal protection to shut down the motor in the event of over heating. I guess ill just get the midgrade motor.
     
  7. drlcb

    drlcb Out Of The Brooder

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    Harbor freight has a 1 hp farm duty for 149.00
    It's the best deal I have found so far.
    My whizbang plucker is getting put together this weekend. I'll be cleaning about 50 meaties in the next three weeks.

    Good luck.
     
  8. Amarisus

    Amarisus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found a grizzly for 129 online. I just wasn't sure if I should be that cheap. It sounds like it doesn't really matter.
     
  9. Tabasco Jack

    Tabasco Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I poked around in the barn and found a motor of the right size, wired it up and it worked. Since you only run the plucker for a few seconds at a time, I don't think you'll have to worry about thermal overload.

    Do fashion a bucket over it though to keep the water off of it.


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  10. cmknight

    cmknight Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking about building one of these, but I wanna know how they would do on a quail. They seem to do great for a chicken or larger bird, but how about a smaller bird like quail. Any ideas?
     

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