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The Crush Grind mechanism is ceramic, so can be used for pepper or salt.

The other manufacturers are typically stainless steel, so good for pepper only.

I think they all will grind the same.

The shafted design allows for more variation in the shape of the mill, since the bottom section is small.

The shaftless design has all the workings on the bottom, so need fatter blank to fit, and the bottom section will not be able to be shaped as much.

More of a "taste great" vs "less filling" decision.
 

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Dave,

For a novice/rookie turner, which would you recommend based on difficulty level:

- Crush grind vs SS

- Shaft vs Shaftless

Thanks.
This is not so easy.

Crush-Grind is a brand. They make a shaft mechanism which is like other manufacturers. The difference is a ceramic grind mechanism vs stainless steel. If the mill is intended for pepper corns then both work equally well.

If the mill is desired to be used for coarse salt, then the Crush-Crind may last longer since being ceramic it should not corrode as the stainless - may - corrode, depending on atmospheric moisture and the salt level.

I have not made a mill with a shaft design, but this may be easier than the shaftless design.
 
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