TaMaCo Huller Review

TaMaCo Huller Model 515- TaMaCo Huller Model 520



The TaMaCo Commercial Pea Sheller by Taylor Manufacturing sets the standard in the peasheller.com world for commercial pea shelling machine performance. With pea sheller machines, like so many sophisticated products, it is hard to tell the difference between features and gimmicks.

Blurring that line, most homemade pea sheller machines and small pea sheller machine makers just build something they think is a good idea from pea sheller blueprints or pea sheller plans. There is a very wide chasm between theory and reality.

Taylor Manufacturing puts those theories to real world testing. They constantly look to improve performance with hard data by painstakingly running live tests, counting and weighing the timed results. Then they will continue to tinker and modify certain pea sheller parts. It is safe to say Taylor knows how to make a pea sheller!

Let's take a look at some of the common features of the TaMaCo 520 515 and 525:

TaMaCo Pea Huller Points of Contact
For all the features/gimmicks/hype, bean sheller machine performance comes down to one thing- POINTS OF CONTACT. This is where the pea huller opens the bounty and drops out the peas.

Exactly how the pea pod is coaxed in to breaking open by these Points of Contact is a trade secret. What I can tell you is there are 99 Points of Contact on the TaMaCo Pea Shelling Machines, far more than any other commercial pea sheller on the market.

Each of these Points of Contact are spaced apart for maximum efficiency. As you can see by the pictures it is hard for a pea pod to get through without making contact. This is crucial to maximizing yield! If you see a pea sheller with a wider gap, then there will be a drop in yield.

Large or wide paddles are totally ineffective and even counterproductive as they end up bruising more peas than anything else. Points of Contact that are too far apart are also inefficient and reduce yield.

TaMaCo Pea Huller-Safety First

Aside from the simple locking latch that keeps small children from opening the large outer door, there is also a safety switch that shuts off the TaMaCo Pea Huller. Once again, this innovation just goes to show how much consideration goes into the building of one of these bean shelling machines.

Aside from these visible safety features there are more important ones that aren't seen. Like the GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) reset switch should the TaMaCo Pea Sheller come into a close encounter with water or other dangerous shock hazards.

It's What's Inside

The inside of the TaMaCo Pea Sheller is much more than an empty box. There are wires and electronics and motors doing all kinds of little tasks to ensure the drum turns at the proper speed and protected from electrical surges.

The machine pictured is the improved model of the original Model 500 TaMaCo hullers.  This machine is designed for medium to heavy commercial use.  To shell, just lift the huller lid and remove one drum door.  Dump the desired amount of peas or beans into the door opening and replace the door and lid.  Turn the timer on and minutes later you have pans of beautifully shelled peas or beans.

The TaMaCo huller is a drum type sheller that comes with sizes "C" and "D" doors, "C" and "D" filter screens and an "A" catch screen.  This will allow you to shell most varieties of peas and standard butterbeans.  If your needs are to shell extremely small peas or larger than normal butterbeans, additional doors and filters are available.

    Most efficient hullers sold
    Shelling Speed 2 - 8 minutes
    Easy to operate
    Loads and unloads from front
    Low voltage safety controls
    Dual drum drives
    Dual positive belt idlers
    Changeable drum doors
    Changeable filters
    Auto timed shut off
    Rubber mounted bearings
    One year manufacturer's warranty
    Amazing yield per bushel

Specifications  Model 515  Model 520
Motor Volts  115  230
Motor Size  1.5  2
Motor Hertz  60  60
Full load running amps  20.4  10.7
Full load starting amps  104  62
Width operating  25"  25"
Width shipping  36"  36"
Height operating  51"  51"
Height shipping  56.5"  56.5"
Drum length  61"  61"
Shipping weight  640 lbs  644 lbs
Operating weight  488 lbs  492 lbs
Suggested wire size (0-10 feet)  #12  #10
Suggested wire size (11-25 feet)  #10  #8
Suggested wire size (26-50 feet)  #8  #6
Suggested breaker size (amps)  30  20
Shelling time in minutes per load - beans  2-5  2-5
Shelling time in minutes per load - peas  3-8  3-8

TaMaCo Huller Explanations

DOORS:  Doors are the 4 individual removable screens that makes up the Drum or cylinder.

SHAKER:  The shaker is the lower vibrating device that holds the Filter and the catch for separating the trash and hull chips from the peas or beans.

CATCH:  The catch is the bottom of the two screens on the shaker.  This screen catches the peas and sends them to the receiving pan while allowing the smaller particle of trash and chips of hulls pass through to the trash pan.

FILTER: A filter is the top removable screen on the shaker system that peas or beans pass through trapping the larger particles of unwanted trash or chips of hulls.  

DOOR SELECTIONS:  Some operators find that when exceptionally large peas are mixed with their standard size peas of the same variety, they can use three standard doors for this variety, and one larger size door to let these larger peas fall through with a minimum of trash.
     Doors sets "B", "C", "D" and "E" have external removable shields.  No external shields are necessary for "F" doors since these doors are used for shelling extremely large beans.

"B" - For extra small peas (i.e., Lady Fingers, Turkey peas, etc.).
"C" - For small peas to standard size peas (i.e., Black-eyes, Cream, Conch peas, etc.).
"D" - For large peas (i.e. Purple hull, standard butterbeans, etc.).
"E" - For large beans (i.e. Large limas, colored and speckled, etc.).
"F" - For extra large beans (i.e. Ford Hooks, etc.).

FILTER SELECTIONS:  Selection of filter is important as they help keep the lager particles of trash out of the peas and beans that will pass through the filter screen.  Only one filter is necessary to match each of the drum doors sets you have chosen, but if the peas or beans you are shelling will pass through a smaller filter than the door selection, it would be advisable to use this filter instead.  Therefore, we suggest the purchase of an extra filter that is one size smaller than the smallest drum door set to give you a greater  variety of filtering while shelling.  "F" doors do not have external shields, so a shaker filter is not required when shelling with this set of doors.                                                                  

"A" - For use with "B" Doors.
"B" - For use with "B" or "C" Doors.
"C" - For use with "C" or "D" Doors.
"D" - For use with "D" or "E" Doors.
"E" - For use with "E" Doors.

CATCH SELECTIONS:  There are two size catches available for these hullers.  The "A" catch for use with most sizes peas and beans, such as Black-eye, Butterbean, Ford Hook, Etc., or the "AA" catch which is used only when the operator is shelling an extra small pea, such a  turkey pea, Lady Finger Pea, etc..  Operation of an "A" catch  with extra small peas would result in lost peas to the trash pan.                                                                

"A" - For use with "C", "D", "E", AND  "F" doors.
"AA" - For use with "B" doors only.

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