Maize is also known as corn and it is one of the most popular grains in South Africa. Asides from eating it boiled or roasted, maize is used as a raw material for several foods. To use maize as a raw material for other foods, you need to grind it first.
This brings us to the question, “How much does a maize grinding machine cost in South Africa?” We will answer this question along with several others in this post. Let’s get started.
Prices of Maize Grinding Machines in South Africa
The South African market is filled with several kinds of maize grinding machines. This is understandable because maize is in high demand in every part of South Africa. The machines are differentiated based on their capacities and sizes.
We have checked the market for the most popular machines and their prices. After our survey, we came up with the list below:
- GEMCO maize flour milling machine: R$7,380 – R$10,800
- ABC Machinery Effective diesel engine corn mill machine: R$1,440 – R$16,200
- Honlu rice and corn electric milling machine: R$5,184 – R$9,360
- Yuning Production Line home use Peanut Butter Spice corn mill machine: R$900 – R$1,728
- RB black soya bean milling machine Home use corn crushing machine: R$14,508 – R$18,000
- TZ corn grinding machine milling grinder corn flour mill machinery: R$19,260 – R$50,400
- Horus corn and wheat milling machine: R$5,328 – R$6,120
- Manxon Corn Grinder and Wheat Grinding Machine: R$6,012 – R$15,120
- Yize Home use corn crushing machine: R$5,616 – R$6,480
- Megaplant corn grits grinder flour mill machine: R$18,000 – R$25,200
- Gegloog 5 Ton Per Day Automatic Wheat Grinding Equipment Corn Mill Machinery: R$21,600 – R$39,600
- Saint Donkey Hot sale home use corn mill machine: R$720 – R$1,656
- 250-600kg/h Corn grits making machine/grain corn crusher/maize grinding mill: R$7,524 – R$11,160
Note that these prices may change slightly depending on your location, the vendor you patronize, and timing. With this out of the way, let’s check out some other important information about maize grinding machines.
How to choose maize grinding machine before purchase
Choosing a maize grinding or milling machine is a very difficult task because of the variety of machines available. The market is filled with all kinds of products so you have to be careful when making a choice. In this section, we will show you some factors that you must consider when choosing a maize grinding machine.
Purpose of the machine
The purpose of the machine is the first factor that you must consider. Why are you purchasing the machine in the first place? From the list of machines above, you will discover that some machines are designed for home use only. Others are designed to be used for small businesses while another set is designed for factory production.
Before you step into the market to choose a machine, figure out what you want to use it for. Don’t just look at the immediate use. Try to project into the nearest future so you can tell if the purpose will remain the same. The purpose of the machine will determine several other factors like the size and cost of the machine.
If you are purchasing the maize grinding machine for home use alone, then you don’t need to consider the production capacity. However, if you want to go commercial, it is important to consider the capacity of the machine.
A factory cannot make use of the same size of grinding machine that a roadside business will purchase. If you run a factory, you must put into consideration how many kilograms of maize the machine can process in an hour. Now, consider this in line with your current demand as well as how much demand you should have in the future.
For a roadside maize grinding business, you also don’t need to put so much thought into the production capacity. This is because with a higher production capacity comes a higher price.
If you are running a factory or large maize production outfit, you should put the floor area into consideration. How much floor space will the machine consume? The fact that a machine is very large doesn’t mean that it will have a high production capacity.
As such, you must consider the floor area alongside the production capacity of the machine. The smaller the floor space that it consumes, the better for you. However, you shouldn’t sacrifice production capacity for floor space. Instead, survey the market further for a smaller-sized machine with a high capacity.
This is one factor that many entrepreneurs in the maize grinding business forget to consider. Every machine comes with its human cost. We only consider the financial cost of the machine and leave out the human cost.
Do you need someone to watch over the machine while it carries out its operation? How many people do you need at a time to do this? The more people are involved in overseeing the operation of the machine, the more detrimental it is to your business.
You need to purchase a machine that requires very little supervision or no supervision at all. This saves you the money spent on labor. You can make use of such funds to expand your business.
Extra features and versatility
Before you purchase a maize grinding machine check to see if it comes with extra features. Certain machines can grind maize into powder and paste while others can only produce either. Also, check to see that the machine can grind maize and other types of grains.
The more versatile the machine is, the better for you. It gives you more opportunities to increase your income and diversify your production.
The final factor that we will consider is the cost of the machine. Every other factor that we have discussed so far in this section is dependent on the cost. Ask yourself, “how much am I willing and able to spend on this machine at this time?” Your answer will determine the kind of machine that you will purchase. Whatever you do, check the market properly before paying for a machine. You never know, there might just be a cheaper option with the same or better capabilities.