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Side By Side Pea Sheller Comparison

One of the best ways to get to know about products is from a side-by-side comparison of what is offered. There are many pea shellers to consider for various reasons. Some of the those reasons may include how many peas are needing to be shelled, how many workers are involved, and what kind of peas are needing to be shelled. Fortunately, there are great choices to help get the job done!

First of all, there are four kinds of shellers to compare side-by-side. The Mr. Pea Sheller, Electric Mr. Pea Sheller, Taylor Pea Sheller, and the new Mini Taylor Pea Sheller. Each of these pea shellers are unique in their own ways, but all work hard so you don’t have to.

Mr. Pea Sheller

Mr. Pea Sheller is perfect for the home owner who needs to shell peas without the hassle of shuffling through each shell just to get dinner made. Not too mention Mr. Pea Sheller is very budget friendly without sacrificing quality. This guy will last for approximately three years!

Mr Pea Sheller

Simply attach the C-Clamp to a table, begin to feed the pea shells through the rollers, and start cranking out the shells through the rollers. If using the hand crank is too much work there is the option to attach an electric drill to the sheller making it possible to fill a 5 gallon bucket in just 15 minutes.

Electric Mr. Pea Sheller

Since we are on the subject of electric power take a look at the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller. This is the big brother of the Mr. Pea Sheller. The Electric Mr. Pea Sheller is ready to take you to the next level of shelling peas!

What’s great about the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller is it is strong enough for a home garden, but small enough to fit in a closet. Meaning getting work done faster and still able to store away once shelling is complete for the day.

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Just like the Mr. Pea Sheller the Electric is easy to use. The tray is slanted at the right angle to keep the pea shells flowing through the rollers at a nice rate. Ideally 1.5 to 2 bushels can be run through an hour.  To get started spread out the pea shells, let the rollers pull the shells on it’s own, and the peas will fall into the provided pan.

Another great fact about the Electric Pea Sheller is their is no assembly required and is easy to clean up! Simply plug-in and play. Once the Electric Pea Sheller is all setup it can handle most types of peas. Some of the types of shells that can be run through includes black eyes, purple hulls, creme 40s, and pink eyes.

Taylor Pea Sheller

It’s time to graduate to the big leagues with the Taylor Pea Sheller, a.k.a. “The Little Sheller.” This guy is meant for those looking to shell out around 3-4 bushels an hour that packs a 1/3 horsepower motor! If that doesn’t impress keep reading.

John Taylor is made in the U.S.A. and defines what quality craftsmanship is all about. Manufacture in the great State of Georgia, The Little Sheller keeps the customers in mind with not just quality materials, but safety, speed, and efficiency as well.

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The Little Sheller can produce up to about 4 bushels an hour. Rather than a slanted tray it has a flat tray that allows approximately 1/2 of a bushel at a time. The 1/3 horsepower, 115-volt, 60Hz Dayton electric motor keeps you from doing the hard work and allows you to get more done. This is perfect for commercial use!

Unlike the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller, the Little Sheller accommodates all size pea shells. The Little Sheller is made to get the job done quicker so you can increase production.

Mini Taylor Pea Sheller

The Mini Taylor Pea Sheller is the little brother of the Taylor Pea Sheller, just a bit smaller making it weigh less and portable. Don’t let the size fool you! This Mini can shell through about 1 to 2 bushels an hour.

The Mini Sheller is a TRUE bean sheller!  This shelling machine is excellent for black-eyed peas, crowders, lady fingers, white acres, English peas, and mature butter beans. Due to the adjustable scientifically engineered rollers, you can easily go from shelling purple hull peas to mature butter beans in just a few seconds.

Mini Pea Sheller

The Little Sheller carries over the same quality to the Mini! The American made 1/10 horsepower motor keeps the rollers moving. Speaking of the rollers, they are constructed with just enough strength to keep the peas/beans in good shape. The rollers will grab the pods just fine without mashing em up. Too add to the build quality of the machine, it is cooled with a fan to keep from overheating ensuring it will not get bogged down.

The rollers are protected by a shield, which in turn keeps fingers and hair from getting caught during operation. Just like The Little Sheller the belt is guarded by a shield as well.

Both the Little Sheller and Mini Sheller include an on/off switch that guarantees the machine will not be functional when powered off. However, there is a foot petal that can be attached to the power switch to operate similar to as a sewing machine or saw.

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Taylor Mini Pea Sheller Review

 

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Taylor “Mini” Pea Sheller

 

The Mini Sheller is a residential-to-small farm pea sheller machine for sale on a limited number of websites.  I’ve been looking over and testing an early production model in my office.  It is essentially a more affordable version of the light-commercial pea sheller, “The Little Sheller“.

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The Mini Pea Sheller (pictured middle) is clearly larger than the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller (left) and about 2/3 the size of big brother, the Taylor Little Sheller (right). The hand crank Mr. Pea Sheller (in hand) is pictured just for completeness.   The Mini Sheller will fit in a closet or on a shelf in the garage with ease.

First impressions

The Mini Sheller is very well built.  The all aluminum frame will never rust.  The 1/10 HP motor provides plenty of power.  I was really glad to see the adjustable rollers. The most expensive part of this pea sheller is the motor, if it goes it may be time to consider getting a new machine.  Fortunately, Taylor uses a high quality-American made- 105 volt (standard three-prong household current) 1/10 hp motor that is fan-cooled with thermal protection. There is a lot in that last sentence, so let’s break it down:

  • Is 1/10 Horsepower enough?

1/10 horsepower is more than enough for a bean sheller machine of this size.  It will not bog down under the heaviest of loads, not even crowder peas or butter beans.

  • Fan Cooled

An internal fan pulls hot air away from the motor.  Since this pea sheller machine is expected to be worked outside in hot and humid temperatures, the internal fan should keep things humming along.  We tested it under a simulated moderate load for 16 hours straight without any trouble. For safety though, there is a thermal sensor that will temporarily shut off the motor to protect it from overheating.   I was unable to trip it in my test runs.  However, it should be noted that once the motor temperature drops to a safe level, the motor will restart automatically unless it is turned off or unplugged!   So, in the most unlikely event that it does shut off from overheating, please be sure to unplug it from the wall or turn it off! It is a 3 pronged plug. For those of who don’t know, the third prong is a ground to prevent a electrical shock or fire in case of a short-circuit.

  • Aluminum Frame

The frame is smaller than the Little Sheller which provides for a sturdier machine. The aluminum frame will not rust, so it will withstand humid temperatures. Below is a side by side comparison of the Mini (left) and Little (right) Pea Sheller.

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All About The Rollerslittlepeashellerrollers

Most pea sheller rollers are designed to push the peas out the back of the pea pod.  The rollers on the Mini Sheller are specially designed to rip the hull down the seam and roll the peas out of the zipper.  This dramatically reduces bruising and increases yield. A lot of time and attention, trial-and-error, went into the material and texture of the Mini Sheller rollers.  If the material is too hard the rollers won’t grab the hull to pull them through, but if it is too soft, then the peas get mashed.  Texture, like tire trends, have a great deal to do with performance as well.  The speed of the rollers have been scientifically calculated for optimal yield as well.  If the rollers turn too fast the peas get mashed before they can safely exit the pod.  If the rollers are too slow, then the hull does not tear open and the peas get mashed.  This is just another example of the great detail that went into making this pea sheller machine. Unlike the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller, these rollers are easily adjustable for cow peas to butter beans.  It is recommended to make adjustments in 1/2 to 3/4 turn increments.

 

Safety First!

mini-pea-sheller-0010medThis is about as idiot-proof as a 50 year-old design is going to get.  There are 10’s of thousands of Little Sheller Pea machines in use, I’ve not heard of one serious accident.  Taylor really does give safety a high priority.  As with the Little Sheller, the Mini Sheller has metal guards on both sides of the rollers.  The guards are easy to put on and easy to adjust. There is also a belt guard which really stands out in the black plastic.  I like it much better than the metal belt guard on the Little Sheller.  Once installed it is unlikely that anyone would need to take it off as the belt will last decades even under heavy use. These guards are put into place to prevent any accidents involving belts and rollers.

Usage:

Some people want an instruction book the size of a novel, but here is the breakdown of use in the simplest form:

  • Step 1. Set Mini Sheller on a sturdy table.
  • Step 2. Plug-in to 3-prong properly wired outlet.
  • Step 3. Turn on
  • Step 4. Push peas length-wise until rollers grab the pea hulls.
  • Step 5. Repeat step 4 until complete.
  • Step 6. Turn off Mini Sheller.
  • Step 7. Unplug Mini Sheller from outlet.
  • Step 8. Clean with damp rag.
  • Step 9. Store in a closet or sturdy shelf.
  • Step 10. Brag about it to everyone you meet and tell them to get their own Mini Sheller at PeaSheller.net.

 

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Specs:

  • Overall Size: 23.5″L X 14.5″W X 10.5″H
  • Shelling Bed Size: 16.5″l X 8.5″W
  • Weight: 17.5 lbs
  • Motor: 1/10 hp (USA Made)
  • Construction: Aluminum body (verified domestic metal only)
  • Country: U.S.A.

Head on over to PeaSheller.net and order your very own! They always go fast when pea season hits, so don’t wait and miss out.

 

~Kerry Clabaugh