The Pea Sheller With Adjustable Rollers!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The TaMaCo Commercial Pea Sheller by Taylor Manufacturing sets the standard in the pea shelling world for commercial pea shelling machine performance. With pea sheller machines, like so many sophisticated products, it is hard to tell the difference between features and gimmicks. Blurring that line, most homemade pea sheller machines and small pea sheller machine makers just build something they think is a good idea from pea sheller blueprints or pea sheller plans. There is a very wide chasm between theory and reality. Taylor Manufacturing puts those theories to real world testing. They constantly look to improve performance with hard data by painstakingly running live tests, counting and weighing the timed results then they will continue to tinker and modify certain pea sheller parts. It is safe to say Taylor knows how to make a pea sheller!
For all the features/gimmicks/hype, bean sheller machine performance comes down to one thing- POINTS OF CONTACT. This is where the pea huller opens the bounty and drops out the peas. Exactly how the pea pod is coaxed in to breaking open by these Points of Contact is a trade secret. What I can tell you is there are 99 Points of Contact on the TaMaCo Pea Shelling Machines, far more than any other commercial pea sheller on the market. Each of these Points of Contact are spaced apart for maximum efficiency. As you can see by the pictures it is hard for a pea pod to get through without making contact. This is crucial to maximizing yield! If you see a pea sheller with a wider gap, then there will be a drop in yield. Large or wide paddles are totally ineffective and even counterproductive as they end up bruising more peas than anything else. Points of Contact that are too far apart are also inefficient and reduce yield.
Aside from the simple locking latch that keeps small children from opening the large outer door, there is also a safety switch that shuts off the TaMaCo Pea Huller. Once again, this innovation just goes to show how much consideration goes into the building of one of these bean shelling machines.
Aside from these visible safety features there are more important ones that aren’t seen. Like the GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) reset switch should the TaMaCo Pea Sheller come into a close encounter with water or other dangerous shock hazards.
The inside of the TaMaCo Pea Sheller is much more than an empty box. There are wires, electronics, and motors doing all kinds of little tasks to ensure the drum turns at the proper speed and protected from electrical surges. The TaMaCo pictured is the improved model of the original Model 500 TaMaCo pea hullers. This machine is designed for medium to heavy commercial use.To shell, just lift the huller lid and remove one drum door, dump the desired amount of peas or beans into the door opening, then replace the door and lid. Turn the timer on and minutes later you have pans of beautifully shelled peas or beans. The TaMaCo huller is a drum type sheller that comes with sizes “C” and “D” doors, “C” and “D” filter screens and an “A” catch screen. This will allow you to shell most varieties of peas and standard butterbeans. If your needs are to shell extremely small peas or larger than normal butterbeans, additional doors and filters are available.
|Specifications||Model 515||Model 520|
|Full load running amps||20.4||10.7|
|Full load starting amps||104||62|
|Shipping weight||640 lbs||644 lbs|
|Operating weight||488 lbs||492 lbs|
|Suggested breaker size (amps)||30||20|
|Shelling time in minutes per load – beans||2-5||2-5|
|Shelling time in minutes per load – peas||3-8||3-8|
DOORS: Doors are the 4 individual removable screens that makes up the Drum or cylinder.
CATCH: The catch is the bottom of the two screens on the shaker. This screen catches the peas and sends them to the receiving pan while allowing the smaller particle of trash and chips of hulls pass through to the trash pan.
FILTER: A filter is the top removable screen on the shaker system that peas or beans pass through trapping the larger particles of unwanted trash or chips of hulls.
SHAKER: The shaker is the lower vibrating device that holds the Filter and the catch for separating the trash and hull chips from the peas or beans.