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Apple Press????
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donna in w.v    Posted 10-15-2004 at 06:58:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
have tried to buy an apple press but new ones are over $300 and at auction all the antique people buy them at top dollar regardless of condition. Found a plan that uses a garbage disposal for a grinder&motor. Has anyone ever built one,or any kind of apple press???


Chuck    Posted 10-15-2004 at 11:54:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
here is Mothers Press, been thinkin about building this one.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/arc/3225/

hope this helps,Chuck in Wi


donna wv    Posted 10-15-2004 at 19:09:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just what I was looking for . Thank you so much!!!


Ron from IL    Posted 10-15-2004 at 13:32:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chuck,

That's not the one I remember. They musta had several over the years. The one I was talking about, as I said, used a bumper jack instead of a screw for the squeezing of the pommace. The grinder was a cylinder made of wood with pieces of a bucksaw blade sandwiched in to do the "chewing", with some kind of a handle to turn it. Thanks for the reference, anyway!

Ron


TimV    Posted 10-15-2004 at 10:07:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna: I bought an apple press two years ago at a garage sale (paid $80.00). The grinder is home-made; it's just a triangular tub that mounts on the top rear of the press. A small electric motor transfers power through a pulley to run the grinder. The grinder itself is just a turned cylinder of wood with four old blades from (I'm guessing) a wood planer mounted in the cylinder. Apples are fed into the hopper tub and the blades mush them up. You keep them feeding with a wooden plunger to avoid losing fingers. The bottom of the tub is open and feeds into the main press. The main press is turned by a 4-foot handle on a jackscrew. Results are good--I just racked off a gallon of 2-year-old hard cider last night that's going to hunting camp with me tonight.....


Ron from IL    Posted 10-15-2004 at 07:14:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna,

What you're talking about is the grinder part of the press. You need something to get the apples into pressable shape. An old friend of mine found a complete grinder/press in the ditch near his home. The basket was rotted and all the metal parts were rusted. By the time he was done, it looked like new! To be fair, he was a carpenter and blacksmith.

Squeezing juice out of apples is a lot of work, even with the proper tools! You'll need some cheesecloth to wrap the apple "pommace" (the unsqueezed, chopped apples)in to keep bits of seeds and junk out of the juice. It's really a 3- to 4-person project! Check online (Google) under "apple presses". You should get a lot of hits. An old Mother Earth News (from the 70's) told how to do the whole schmere--from grinder to press, using an old bumper jack instead of a screw. Check it out.

Good luck!

Ron


deadcarp    Posted 10-15-2004 at 09:11:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was gonna mention a bumper jack. i've seen vehicle weight squeeze cheese, grapes, apples, everything but a tube of crackers for frying fish. suzn just double-bags them & drives over them, no jack needed.. :)


Jet9N    Posted 10-15-2004 at 12:47:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hoe about a second use for the log splitter?
Likely would have to turn the relief valve down
a bit. All you'd need is a cylinder and piston.

Just a (wild) thought.

Jet


deadcarp    Posted 10-15-2004 at 13:34:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
now yer talkin! ive used mine so far for changing tires, bending strap hinges & roofing, making prestologs and getting homemade soap out of the tube mold. got a problem? consider the splitter! :)


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