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Thanks for the question. I've secured the driveshaft of couple of ways in different grinders I've made. One is just to rely on the very tight fit of the shaft in the cylinder. A more secure way I've used is to drill through the wood into the driveshaft and glue in a bolt with epoxy, with the head recessed so it doesn't get in the way.I used the same bearing on each side.One modification I had to make to the grinder was to secure the blades with staples. All other grinders I've made were driven by old appliance motors (approx. 1/3 hp) but this one was driven by a 5 hp engine that made it really spin fast and it threw blades after a few hours.
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We usually drink some just as it pour out of the tray. The rest we bottle in jugs we have kept for milk or other juices. We also freeze a few gallons while the rest we give away to the friends and neighbors who have gathered for the pressing.
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