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Taylor Mini Pea Sheller Review

 

Taylor "Mini" Pea Sheller

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.

 

Pea Heart

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

Electric Mr. Pea Sheller Review

Electric Mr. Pea Sheller (and bean sheller)

This is the base model for electric pea sheller machines. The Electric Mr. Pea Sheller is great for medium to larger gardens, or for those who just want a quicker way to shell peas. The Electric Mr Pea Sheller machine is very compact. In fact it could be said that it is a “coffee table pea shelling machine,” rather than a table top pea sheller. I have not done a side-by-side comparison test, but I’d say the comparatively small Electric Mr. Pea Sheller can do nearly as much as a Taylor Pea Sheller. Well, only because you can run only so many beans through by hand at a time. The Electric Mr. Pea Sheller is so compact it is easy to put away for storage until the next shelling season. The larger electric pea shellers are not easily put away. This pea sheller however, can simply be tucked away in the back of a closet and left until it needs to be used again. This is a huge advantage if you find you need a little more room in your work area.

Preparing Your Beans

Peas need to be fresh and green to work properly in the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller. Usually spreading the pea pods out on a sheet or blanket and leaving them for six to eight hours (or overnight if you can) will give the best results when shelling with the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller. Since the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller runs a lot faster than the hand crank Mr Pea Sheller, you will want to make sure the peas are properly prepared.

Electric Mr. Pea Sheller- No Assembly Required

The Electric Mr. Pea Sheller machine comes fully assembled. Just minutes after you get your Electric Pea Sheller machine home, you’ll be ready to shell. Take the sheller out of the box, plug it in, and you are ready to go!

Use

The Electric Mr. Pea Sheller is very simple to operate. You simply spread the peas out in the slanted bin on top of the pea shelling machine. This slanted bed makes it easier to slide the peas in to the rollers. Once the peas reach the rollers they will be pulled through on their own. The peas will be deposited below the rollers in to a pan that comes with the machine (or your own pan that will fit in to the cubby hole). The pods will be ejected out the other end in a stack for easy clean up. The Electric Mr. Pea Sheller is designed to be operated by one person, and from our experience adding any more does not really improve performance.

Electric Pea Sheller Switch

Design

Being made of Aluminum, the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller, is very sturdy and will not break down for a long time. It is not uncommon to find the electric motor inside the pea sheller will run for 20+ years before needing to be replaced. An improvement to the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller besides the aluminum construction is the on/off switch. This means the electric Mr. Pea Sheller can remain plugged in, yet not running, which is a huge improvement over the older versions which had to be unplugged to turn off. There is even a very quiet cooling fan inside the pea sheller to ensure the motor does not overheat. I also consider how quiet this electric pea sheller machine is compared to the larger pea shellers a huge advantage. I happen to have a dog that hates when I vacuum or any loud noises, running this pea sheller did not even cause him to lift his head.

Pea Sheller Rollers

Rollers

One thing that has carried over from the previous version of the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller, and found on the hand turned Mr. Pea Sheller, is the rollers. The splined feature allows the rollers to self-adjust to the size of peas and add more torque as the pods pass through. This self-adjusting feature helps to open the side of the pods and allow the peas to pop free.

Safety

A few notes on safety with the new and improved Electric Mr. Pea Sheller. The electric motor for this pea sheller is completely enclosed inside the pea sheller. Meaning nothing can get caught on the belt that turns the rollers. The second major note on safety is the addition of a safety shield. Your hands can no longer get close enough to the rollers to get pinched by them. Safety was a large factor in the redesign of the pea sheller.

Problems

This sheller does not suffer from jamming that the smaller hand style sheller can, it will however mash more peas than the hand sheller does. As long as you properly prepared your peas, only a small portion of the peas should be mashed. If you have problems with a lot of peas being mashed by the pea sheller, letting your pea pods dry longer should reduce the problem. The large amount of green gunk and buildup on the rollers is the pea pod case, not the peas being mashed, be careful not to jump to that conclusion when you first see the rollers covered in green pieces. The hand guard for the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller does not prevent pea pods from going over the top of the rollers.  As pea pods are pushed down toward the rollers if they stack up, one on top of another, the ones on top have a tendency to go over the top of the rollers, meaning they are not shelled.  This can be prevented by simply rolling your hand back and forth over the pea pods, to make them all one level high, and then pushing them down toward the rollers.

Pricing

As with all pea shellers, price varies from place to place. My research has shown the places with the fastest promised delivery time and best shipping rates to be Peasheller.net or GardenHarvesters.com

~Kerry Clabaugh

Taylor Pea Sheller Review

a.k.a Little Sheller

This is probably the largest pea sheller most home gardeners will ever need. Capable of hulling between 3-4 bushels an hour, makes this a ridiculously fast pea shelling machine. It is capable of shelling most kinds of peas and even mature butter beans.

Design

I had a conversation with one gentleman who had inherited his father’s farm. They had used a Taylor Little Pea Sheller since the 1970s. He was getting ready to buy a second one and I was impressed by how long the first one had lasted. Suddenly he corrected me, he was not replacing the machine that was still running after 30 years. Oh no! He was buying a second machine to increase production from a new plot of land. He told me, that his machine had sat on the same table, in the same building, being loaded season after season, for 30 years, and it still worked as well as it did the first day he remembered working on it. Talk about a satisfied customer!

Taylor Little Pea Sheller is made of sturdy aluminum and weighs 35 pounds including the motor. It is a fairly large machine being 14 inches high and 27 and a half inches long, the Little Pea Sheller will take up a good bit of room in any work area. An eight foot, three-pronged, electrical cord should allow you to easily find an electrical outlet to plug in to. The electrical safety for the motor is impressive, and it is still able to run on a 110 watt power source. This machine is truly built to last for generations, not just for years.

Motor

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The Little Pea Sheller is powered by a 1/3 horsepower Dayton electric motor. The motor does have an on/off toggle so it can remain plugged in. This motor is three times stronger than the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller.

While the motor is exposed on the Taylor Little Pea Sheller, the belt has a guard that needs to be attached. The belt guard does a satisfactory job of protecting the belt and keeping anyone, or any article of clothing, from getting snagged. I do not consider the exposed motor a problem, just be aware not to come in contact with it after the machine has been running for awhile as it does get warm. This guard needs to be installed when you first open the Taylor Pea Sheller box. Attaching the belt and guard can take between 25 minutes and an hour and half depending on your mechanical skill, but everyone should be able to attach it.

One more note on the motor, it is not meant to be immersed in water. Even washing the bottom of the machine off with a water hose is not recommended. If you absolutely must clean the bottom of the machine, I recommend a wet wash cloth. And simply wipe the motor off with a dry cloth or paper towel.

 

Use

In order to get 100% peak efficiency out of the Taylor Little Pea Sheller, it really is a two man operation. One person standing on each side the machine will still be hard pressed to keep up with the performance of this sheller. Unshelled pea pods just need to be pushed forward toward the rollers. Once in contact with the rollers they will be pulled through and the pods will be opened allowing the peas to pop free. With the large bin it is easy for pea pods to stack on top of each other as they are pushed toward the rollers, it is important to keep the pods flat on the bottom of the tray and ensure the pods are not hitting the rollers one on top of the other. The finger guard helps to prevent this. The finger guard can be adjusted higher to allow thicker peas under it. A simple rolling motion over the top of the unshelled pea pods as you push the peas to the rollers will level them out in to a single row. The shield that is in place should help to prevent stacking but it is always a good idea to make sure yourself. Peas will be deposited in to a 10 qt plastic pan that comes with the pea shelling machine (or a pan that you provide) and the pods will be ejected out the front of the machine.

 

What Are these?

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One question I always get is about two aluminum plates that come with the machine. When I first found them I thought they might be used to push peas toward the rollers. Then I noticed how neatly they hang on the side of the machine. After digging around I discovered these two aluminum plates are actually splash guards (pea guides). The smaller guard hangs on the same side as the belt guard, over the caution label, and the larger one on the exposed side. These only need to be used if you find out that your peas are bouncing out of the pan, when you first start shelling, beneath the pea sheller and on to the floor. Otherwise they can be simply laid aside.

The hopper leading to the rollers is flat. One advantage to the flat bed over the slant is that you can put nearly 1/3 of a bushel in the hopper, instead of having to do it by the handful. It is very easy to get in to the motion of reaching back and pulling pea-pods forward and in to the rollers.

Safety

The manufactures of the Little Pea Sheller have put a lifetime (actually two lifetimes) of thought in to safety. One of the most prominent safety measures they have is found when the roller guards are not attached. On a huge label in clear sight are two yellow and red warning labels that read “If you can read this your guard is not installed”. Taylor Little Sheller has been built with safety in mind.

 

Pea Sheller Rollers

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One major problem we highlight in the other pea sheller reviews is the number of mashed peas. This is significantly less of a problem with a creative design from Taylor. The “rolling motion” of the Little Pea Sheller has eliminated the majority of mashed peas we see from other major pea shellers. This is a completely unique feature to the Taylor Little Pea Sheller and truly makes this machine an industry leader. What causes this unique “rolling motion” is a mystery to us, but is definitely an advantage.

The Neoprene rollers have a spiraled ridge around them. This spiral helps move anything that might be caught in the rollers to the side and away from the work area. This is helpful if you have a pea-pod with a large bur, as it might not fit through the height setting of your rollers. It is always wise to remove any foreign objects from the pea-pods before pushing them forward. You can simply remove these objects that get caught when you clean the rollers off.

It is important to clean off the rollers when things look messy, this can be anywhere from 15 minutes of operation to an hour depending on the type of pea or bean you are shelling. To clean the rollers simply turn the machine off and remove the two roller guards. Take a dry piece of paper towel or rag and wipe both sides of the rollers. Most of what you are wiping away is the pith from the pea-pods, not mashed peas. The pith is the nutrient path for the peas inside the pod, generally the more pith the healthier the peas are.

Adjusting the Rollers

REMEMBER if you adjust the rollers be sure to tighten them back up after you are done. If they are not tightened back it can cause stress between the rollers and the body, creating a larger gap, or even popping the rivets that hold the rollers to the base, detaching the rollers from the machine.

Across the top of the rollers are 4 screws. Two that hold on the front guard, and two that are not screwed in all the way. These two that are not holding on the guard are the two that are used to adjust the rollers. Simply loosen them slightly. Then in the front of the machine, on either side of the rollers are wing nuts. Loosen those wing nuts and your rollers will adjust. You will be able to adjust the rollers by hand and can re-tighten the wing nuts and screws. If you create too much of a gap for the pea-pods, they will not open and all you will get is mashed and unopened pea pods.

Preparing Your Peas

For best results and nutrition, it is best to shell, blanch, and can or freeze peas as quickly as possible after being picked. Refrigerating slows down the process of enzymes breaking down the sugars into starch, but the sooner they are preserved, the better.

 

What If I Need Parts?

PeaSheller.Net and GardenHarvesters.com carries the full line of Taylor Pea Sheller Parts for when you may need them.

~Kerry Clabaugh