Monday, January 21, 2013

Mule Drawn Sugar Cane Mill, Dade City, Fla.

Working antique sugar cane crushing mills are fun to watch. What makes them extra special is if they are over 90 years old and mule powered. I got a chance to video one in motion at Melton's Machinery Museum, sugar cane syrup making day, in December. 2012.

My cane crusher guide, Mr. Jim Carty, said there was no way of telling exactly how old the sugarcane mill was but he guessed it was about 100 years. He called it a Roundy-Round Mill because it was easier to say than a mule-drawn sugar cane mill.

It was manufactured in Louisville, Kentuky. He said it was a pretty modern system with three crushing wheels instead of two.

The juice was then made into cane syrup but that will be on another video later this year.

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