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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 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