[quote=“T Liza”]First of all, you have to accept that the barley crusher is a piece of crap. After you accept that fact, you can apply the following fix.
When you take the mill apart for cleaning, take the dead roller to the hardware store. Go to the drawer that contains the LARGE O-rings and find the ring that slides perfectly onto your roller. These rings are strong…much much stronger than the soft, pliable, breakable junk that originally comes with the mill. Assemble the mill with the new O-ring on the dead roller. Set the mill at 0.40…don’t go lower. After you finish milling the grain, YOU MUST OPEN THE ROLLERS all the way until the next use, to prevent excessive squeeze on the O-ring.
I have been using the same O-ring for over a year. It shows no signs of wear.
(The barley crusher supposedly comes with a lifetime guarantee, but the cheapskate that makes it won’t replace your worn rollers for free. The soft O-ring that he provides will last just long enough for him to cash your check…then it breaks. The least he could do is provide a dozen O-rings with the purchase.)[/quote]
I bought my BC years ago and it’s still going strong. My OEM o-ring did break after first use but I was under the impression that it was there to keep the idler roller from moving during shipping. Once my grain hits the rollers the idler is forced to move - no o-ring required to drive it.