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David Bradley Little Wonder Burr Mill?


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Default David Bradley Little Wonder Burr Mill?

I believe that I have a David Bradley Little Wonder burr mill. This is based on pictures that I have found and from other posters who have mills with 378E on the casting. I will be restoring the mill this summer and would like to know what color they were, what the decals looked like, were the decals was placed , how fast the mill needs to run, and what the discharge spout/shaker will look like.

I will be hooking the mill up to a John Deere 3hp E with a 6 inch pulley. Which would run the mill at approximately 825rpm.
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As far as I have been able to tell, there were possibly 2 different colors: Red with yellow pinstripes and Green with yellow pinstripes. There was only one decal on the hopper, on the front side nearest the grinding plates, but it has been nearly impossible to get a good picture of one to reproduce. If you do a search for David Bradley mill within the threads on this site, you should come across some pictures of mine showing what the shaker screen (optional) looked like. It was also offered with just a spout (no screen). You'd do well to turn it a little fast as it doesn't have much momentum to keep it going. I'd say around 500RPM as a guess. I'll look to see if the advertisements mention RPM.

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http://www.smokstak.com/gallery/show...hp?i=4145&c=74
Does the pinstirping look anything like this picture? Or is there also pinstriping on the hopper as well.
I found the photos that you mentioned, and I am just wondering what size of screen you used.
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I may have been wrong on the pinstripes as i'm having difficulty finding pictures of any original machines with enough original paint to support there being pinstripes. I have seen several repaints with pinstripes, though. From what I can tell, it appears that there was sort of an early style (adjustment knob was 8-sided "stop sign) that is usually a deep ox-blood red (almost brownisn-burgundy in color). The other style with the round knob is usually seen with green paint. The advertisements don't give enough detail to date the change. Here is about the best picture of the hopper that i've been able to find. I have seen a few that had the same decal, but had a part number stenciled on the hopper instead of "Little Wonder Grinder" like this one.

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Default Re: David Bradley Little Wonder Burr Mill?

I have one that still has some of the now burgandy paint (once red?) with yellow pinstriping. The striping is not like in the picture above. It is more floral in appearance and was mostly religated to the burr plates housing I believe. I'll try to get a picture and post it. The hopper has nothing left on it except surface rust so it seems the decal shown is likely the correct one.

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Kevin; would love to see pictures of the striping. I know that the decal shown above was used on other pieces of DB equipment and my grinder had just enough of the decal to tell that there was one there and that the border of the decal was a belt. To my knowledge, all of the Little Wonder grinders of this style had the decal. I do not know about the earlier versions made in the early 20's and before, though.
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Here is a picture of the decals that I was sent in an email
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Default Re: David Bradley Little Wonder Burr Mill?

hello,
Does anybody make repos of those decals?

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I'm trying to get one made. Ill let you know how it turns out, put a picture up, or something.
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Default Re: David Bradley Little Wonder Burr Mill?

The one on the right is the closest, but the text in the image on the left is what I have always seen on the grinder decals. Thanks for the images as I'll have to try and get some reproductions made for my grinder using a printer and some water-transfer decal paper. I would love it if someone could take the decal on the right and update the text....

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On the sifter that you built how large is the screen?
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Here is a link to the thread where I posted drawings of the sifter:

http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showth...bradley+sifter
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Is this a David Bradley Burr Mill?
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Default Re: David Bradley Little Wonder Burr Mill?

I don't think it is. But is possible it's a later model maybe? The pulley set up doesn't seem right for a David Bradley but there are some similarities.
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Default Re: David Bradley Little Wonder Burr Mill?

Hey Carl,

Just for records purposes, your mill IS a David Bradley, but it's the version that came before the other ones pictured in this thread. Yours was made from 1909 through at least 1917, possibly 1919. The flywheel on the end of your machine is not original to it, nor was it an option according to the advertisements of the day. Hope this helps someone!

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