By popular demand

A couple of folks have asked about a short video showing the Royal Blue Junior in action. Although I hesitate to post it because of the banal commentary provided by none other than you-know-who I will swallow my pride and provide the link below. Many thanks to Maurice at Duck? Starfish? but … 23 for his gracious help with getting the media uploaded.

23 thoughts on “By popular demand

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  2. THIS IS SO COOL! It does sound like a rocket about to go into orbit … who knew cream separating could be so exciting! Or so good for your biceps.

    • Yeah! It’s very exciting to be in the kitchen when the thing gets wound-up! At 6000-8000 RPM the vibrations move the table … all fluids involved … and even the floor. It’s just about the most exciting thing that goes on here at the Farm. Yeeeee … haaawwwww! We’re havin’ fun! D

  3. Wow! I love it! That was absolutely entertaining and informative – I just love Joanna’s stillness throughout the exertion! She’s the strong, silent type 🙂 And your commentary is excellent – it is definitely awful having to listen to ourselves, isn’t it? I notice my own kids don’t have a problem with it so much and it must have something to do with being raised with a camera in their faces. My questions are: Why is it called “Royal Blue” – I saw nothing blue. And also, in the beginning, Joanna cranks the separator more slowly. Does it need to prime? Can you not just walk up to it and start cranking faster? I never saw such a machine in action. I don’t need one, by any means, but I would love to come upon someone locally that has one and needs a little help now and then. I would think it would be very satisfying to use! Thanks for getting over yourself and sharing!

    • Royal Blue … no idea. Regarding the crank speed. There are an awful lot of very heavy, fine-toothed, gears inside the (heavy, heavy) oil-filled base. Getting the thing up to a crank speed of 60-65 RPM drives the internal mechanisms at between 6000 and 8000 RPM. There’s lots of friction and inertia to overcome … so, yes indeed, anyone doing the cranking really has to work to get thing thing a-spinnin! Once you’re up to speed the effort required is a bit less – but not much – Joanna always finishes with an audible ‘whew.’ I’ll tell her you think she’s ‘cranky’! Thanks always for keeping in touch! D PS: Thinking of you and all those ewes! Good luck.

  4. That was so very cool. On the inside the rotational speed must be very high to give a whine like that. I imagine that cleaning the machine after use must be a bit tedious, though. How often in a year does the machine get used?

    • Although there isn’t anything specific mentioned in the user’s manual, I did a brief internet search and found that most hand-crank separator’s run at between 6-8000 RPM … pretty slick don’t you think? And, yes … there’s quite a bit of clean up when one is done. Joanna and I have a very carefully calculated division of labor … she does the cranking and I clean up! From the parts shown in the earlier post you can see that there are quite a few concentric cones on the inside of the rotor itself. We used to crank-er-up quite often when we were milking goats on a regular basis … and even more often when the cows ‘online.’ Now we drag it out of the barn once in a blue-moon for ‘fun.’ D

  5. What a great device. It looks very satisfying to use … and the sound is so interesting it drew the whole family to my desk to see what I was watching. Everyone thinks its a cool piece of kit. My husband was amused that you were strolling around the kitchen while Joanna was doing all the work … that appealed to him, but I told him not to get any ideas 🙂

    • It’s been fascinating that most everyone who has commented on this video has said one thing or another about the sound! It is fun … if you can get used to the idea of having something that sounds like a small helicopter on your kitchen table. When we first used it we thought it would take off! Also … you can tell your husband that although Joanna supplies the power … I do assembly, breakdown, and cleanup. It’s a pretty equal division of labor when all is said-and-done. Thanks (as always) for your observations. D

    • Ya. I like it too. It was, at first, a bit worrisome because it sounds very much like a small helicopter preparing for take off! We were a little hesitant, when we first, used it … we wondered what would happen if the gears self-destructed at 8000 RPM. Anyway … no worries now … works like a dream. And … you did notice that I WAS NOT DOING ANY OF THE WORK! Even better. D

    • Ha! Ya. Me too. It sounds very much like a helicopter making preparation for take off! I always think the Royal Blue is going to take off … and fly around the kitchen. Boy, that would be messy. Thanks for checking in Elke! D

  6. I couldn’t get the full video to load, but I enjoyed what I did see (the first half or so until the milk and cream are coming out). Thanks for posting this, so we can see the process! Very interesting! It looks like a workout!

    • Ha! You noticed that I was not cranking it! I think Joanna likes doing it … although I cannot figure out why that might be! You should try loading the video again sometime when your internet signal is perhaps a bit stronger? Anyway … thanks for taking a look and for taking the time to comment. By the way … I like the new Gravatar image. Somewhere I once saw some images of you in some of your grandmother’s (great grandmother’s) nineteenth century clothing. Is that hat of the same vintage? I cannot tell.

    • Hey M … there’s a little ‘clicker thing’ that clicks every rotation until you hit 65 RPM. It’s a little steel disk and centrifugal force pulls it away from the center of the crank as you rotate the thing around. It is of just the right weight such that the centrifugal force generated at 65 RPM holds the thing out with enough force that it doesn’t ‘click’ back at you and goes silent. I hope I’ve explained that correctly! Anyway … thanks for your question and for taking a look at the video. D

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