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Black walnut cracking?

Postby SamsFarm » Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:46 pm

Anyone here do anything with black walnuts?

Now I am not talking about cracking them with a hammer or such, but interested in a home sized industrial cracking machine! :)

Did you adapt something to do the cracking that works fast and efficient for cheap?

I have heard that a corn sheller will dehusk them, but I have not tried that yet!

A friend has some black walnut trees, but they just clean them outa their yard and throw them in the woods behind thier house!
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Re: Black walnut cracking?

Postby Eugene » Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:33 pm

Small black walnut cracking machines are available. They are not economical for homeowners. And/but there are small business black walnut processers out there.

Search this site and the internet for black walnuts, black walnut processing. Processing from picking up, hulling, cleaning, curing, cracking, picking meats, is time consuming and labor intensive.

I own some where between 300 and 400 black walnut trees, from very mature to seedlings. Black walnuts only produce a significant amount of nuts every 2nd or 3rd year. I have not had enough nuts to bother picking up for two years. When I do get nuts, I only process enough for meats for family and gifts to friends.

My suggestion. Before you spend any large amount of money for equipment, this fall pickup the nuts from the neighbor's property. Go thru the processing steps. Crack the nuts with a heavy duty hand operated cracker.
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Re: Black walnut cracking?

Postby SamsFarm » Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:10 pm

Eugene wrote:
Search this site and the internet for black walnuts, black walnut processing. Processing from picking up, hulling, cleaning, curing, cracking, picking meats, is time consuming and labor intensive.


Buyers are in Ohio, but the closest one is not worth the drive to sell them.
Hand processing is too time consuming! :lol:

Eugene wrote:I own some where between 300 and 400 black walnut trees, from very mature to seedlings.


If I had that many black walnut trees, I'd be buying a band mill! :)

Eugene wrote:My suggestion. Before you spend any large amount of money for equipment, this fall pickup the nuts from the neighbor's property. Go thru the processing steps. Crack the nuts with a heavy duty hand operated cracker.


I wont! I am too cheap! I want a 4 bushel a hour cracking for under $100 investment! :lol:

I have a bushel or so in the garage waiting. :(
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Re: Black walnut cracking?

Postby Eugene » Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:58 pm

SamsFarm wrote:Buyers are in Ohio, but the closest one is not worth the drive to sell them.
Last fall black walnuts brought $15.00 hulled at the hulling station, located 1/2 mile from the in town house. Pickup load, $60 to $80- US. Figuring in you time picking up walnuts, driving to the hulling station, waiting in line, shoveling the nuts into the huller, waiting for the huller to weigh you pickup load, waiting to get paid, - - - - not worth your time.

Eugene wrote:I own some where between 300 and 400 black walnut trees.
SamsFarm wrote:If I had that many black walnut trees, I'd be buying a band mill!
Not yet. Have several trees that will be very nice verneer logs. Couple of adjacent neighbors had loggers come in and take all of their black walnut. My guess is that the loggers paid enough to purchase another 10 or 20 acres of farm land in this area.

Eugene wrote:I own some where between 300 and 400 black walnut trees.
I have spent many hours researching black walnut processing equipment. With the cyclical nature of the trees, absolutely no way to turn a profit or pay for the machinery in 10 years.
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Re: Black walnut cracking?

Postby Eugene » Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:31 am

SamsFarm wrote:I want a 4 bushel a hour cracking for under $100 investment!(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltGs2GJN9-E

Above link. I think I will give this a try this winter, after the black walnuts are cured.
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Re: Black walnut cracking?

Postby SamsFarm » Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:33 pm

Eugene wrote:I think I will give this a try this winter, after the black walnuts are cured.


Interesting!

Did you see this guy?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8XMi4-ZqdEc

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YlhCausGqho

That got me thinking of how it would work to use a seed cleaner with proper screens to help sort with!
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Re: Black walnut cracking?

Postby Eugene » Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:01 pm

Have seen a number of home made nut crackers. The vacuum cleaner appears to be the simplest and least expensive.

The suction hull remover appears interesting, simple to make. Thinking that the location where the meats/hulls are input could be up several inches on the side. That would be much easier to input the meats/hulls and the meats would still fall to the bottom.
I have an excuse. CRS.


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