Today the missus, my little boy and I headed up to Lacehim's place for homemade woodfired pizza, beer and coffee roasting. (would make an ideal venue for a social, if Lacehim doesn't mind me proposing that option!)
I'd already performed some adjustments to help with the drive shaft alignment and although there's a little more to do in that regard it's performing ok.
The most important factor was receiving Borat's spring-modded v1 agitator blade and Lacehim similarly modifying one of the others. Worked a charm.
Noise is now massively reduced to the point where I can actually hear the beans and there's no more crunching sound as the beans get caught under the blade. Looks a lot cleaner in operation too.
We roasted a blend (which has escaped my addled brain - we had an attempted break-in at my place at 3am this morning, so I'm a little tired right now) that progressed almost perfectly, with only a minor hiccup when a misplaced beer bottle disrupted the wiring and caused the motor to grind to a halt. Fortunately this was in the first few minutes of operation and was sorted quickly.
Didn't time it, all up it ran for about 20 minutes and was pulled on R2C.
I'm extremely happy with the end result:
And here's a quick snippet of the roast in action:
Thanks again to Lacehim, KK and Borat for their help with this project - it's been invaluable! I've got a couple of minor tweaks to make and then the roasting station will be setup properly in the garage.
Once my BeanGreen order arrives I plan to have a crack at the Java Kalistat as a straight SO.