Posted By The Miller on November 24, 2009
The tail race is where the water leaves the mill. If this is plugged it can seriously reduce your horsepower. It is sort of like a sink drain. If it is plugged … well, you get the idea. The tail race is around 200ft long. Twice I have taken a shovel and dug a small trench the length of the race. I thought it would washout and slowly get bigger. Didn’t happen. So, I dug a little deeper and found logs in the mud. I got a bid to find and remove the logs. It was around $15,000. So, I bought a backhoe for my tractor. The photo shows one of the logs. Some of the logs were heavier than my tractor. A farmer friend brought over a BIG tractor and pulled them out for me.