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Looking for Information on Barrel from Dairy Farm


These photos show a piece of equipment that I got from a 100-year-old building that my father and grandfather (both dairy farmers) owned before me. I believe that it was used to grind corn into cattle feed and possibly into corn meal. It has no markings, other than “oil weekly” ports. The barrel is 4 feet in diameter and measures 5 feet 3 inches long (total length including gears is approximately 9 feet). It has a door (not shown) that fits into the opening and there are two glass peepholes on one end. It looks like not only the barrel turned, but the mashers inside turned at the same time. It took a large engine to turn it. I am looking for any information on this piece.

Mike Hamner, (901) 483-0961; email: 

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