Has anyone found that some machines hold up better to regular use and sometimes frequent use? Perhaps the fine powder created by grinding pills get into the mechanism more than coffee does and that is why it stops working. Don't know. But before I go out and drop $20 or more I thought I'd check in for the COTHers experience. TIA!
We use a mini food processor. We killed many coffee grinders, which I donated while cleaning out my cupboards. Then I found the mini food processor (also in my cupboard). It's lasted nearly 2 years grinding meds.
There are many different brands, the 3 cup size. Priced around $40 or so.
Brilliant! We have a little semi-useless plastic pill crusher at the barn, but last time I needed to crush some bute tablets I couldn't find it, so I put them on a piece of paper and gently tapped them with a hammer until they were all crushed.
Caveman style horse doctoring!
Does anyone use a mortar and pestle? I think that would work as well as anything.
My other "can't find the pill crusher" solution is to plop the pills into a small amount of warm water and let them sit for 10 minutes; they usually crumble and dissolve.
This is good timing for this post because I was wondering the same thing. I was thinking about picking up a grinder from work. There are mortar and pestle there but that would only be effective for small amounts. I am just looking to grind up some flax to put in the horse treats I am making.
I had a braun that lasted some 4+ years. When it finally broke, it was just the tips of the cutting blades that snapped off. The motor was fine. I think it died because I was leaving it in the barn, with no protection from humidity/ mold/ extreme temps.
My Krups one dedicated to pill grinding just died after 9 years of use....so it held up fine!
Some pills dissolve well and some don't........SMZs dissolve, Doxycycline pills do not....and when your horse is on 80 pills a day of Doxy x 12 weeks for Lymes it is grinder time! (That was until I discovered Doxy comes in an apple flavored powder!!)
I have a $15 Black and Decker one that's gone through two rounds of doxy and a few SMZs and is still going strong. (I get my bute in the powdered/flavoured form, so not exercise for the grinder there. )
You can't grind doxy with a mortar and pestle - nor with a pill crusher, at least if you want to have hands left. I did about a half a week's worth using a combination of pliers and a pill crusher (had to break them initially with the pliers first, or the crusher just wouldn't do anything), and got blisters. I kid you not.
I use a mortar and pestle for meds, but fortunately rarely have to do large quantities. I like the idea of using a mini food processor though. Would make it easy to mix in other items as needed too. Will have to search tag sales in the spring.