Listed below are the five sizes now offered. Standard
and Heirloom models are
offered. Standard models include some marine grade hardwood
plywood. Heirloom presses are solid hardwood throughout.
Both Standard and Heirloom presses are Eastern Ash.
- Junior Cider Gem
Standard weighs about 140 pounds; Heirloom about 140
pounds. Junior comes with 6" wheels, a 4" shredder with
a 1/4 hp motor. Measures overall about 42" long, 35"
high, and 23" wide. Junior baskets are 10" high, and 7
1/2" ID. Expect 2 to 3 quarts per squeeze. ACME pressing
screw shaft is 1".
Standard weighs about 166 pounds; Heirloom about 166
pounds. Overall length is 48", 39" high and 25" wide.
Baskets are 12" high, 8 1/4" ID, holds 3 gallons of
shredded apples, and squeezes 1 to 1 1/2 gallons per
squeeze. It has a 5" shredder, 1/4 hp motor, and 6"
wheels. Acme screw shaft is 1". Medium and Medium Plus
are our most requested models.
- Medium Plus
Medium Plus weighs about 183 pounds; Heirloom about 183
pounds. Built as high as a Medium, but as wide and long
as a Large. Accommodates baskets that hold 4 gallons of
shredded pulp. Medium holds 3 gallons, Large 5 gallons.
It has a 6" shredder and a 1/3 hp motor. Acme screw
shaft is 1". Advantages: more capacity than a Medium,
and easier to use for shorter people, and older and
younger helpers. My personal press is a Medium Plus.
Standard weighs about 188 pounds; Heirloom about 188 pounds.
Large is 54" long, 42" high, and 27" wide. Baskets are
14" high, and 9 3/8" ID, holds about 5 gallons of
shredded pulp. Presses close to 2 gallons per squeeze.
Acme screw shaft size is 1 1/4". Large has 7" wheels, 6"
shredder, 1/3 hp motor.
Standard weighs about 230 pounds, Heirloom about
230 pounds. Jumbo is 58" long, 45" high, and
29" wide. Baskets are 16" high and 11 3/8" ID. Presses
close to 3 gallons per squeeze. Acme screw shaft is 1
1/4". Jumbo has 8" wheels, 7" shredder, and 1/2 hp
motor. Jumbo baskets hold close to a 40 pound bushel of
shredded apples. 450 gallons in one day has been
reported for the Jumbo.
All presses come with 2 baskets, 2 basket pallets, lid,
lid removal tool, 2 filter bags, and are mounted on wheels
at no extra cost, and come complete with instructions.
Weight will vary on all presses offered.
Please Note: Gallons referred to are approximations only.
Many variables must be considered in apples used, such as
variety, stage of ripeness, etc. Unripe apples are dry,
while over-ripe apples are mushy, and either condition
will cause greatly reduced juice quantity. Cooking apples
are quite dry. The early summer apples do not make as good
a juice. The taste is often weak or too tart to be
enjoyed. Rely on Fall and Winter apples for the best
juice. A mix of 3 or more varieties gives the best flavor.
Pears can be added if desired, but since they are so
sweet, 20 per cent is usually enough.
Grapes and soft fruits may be pressed as well. With
grapes, milk them off of the stems into the shredder
device until you have filled the basket below. Solid type
table grapes can be pressed rapidly. Slip skin varieties
such as Concord or Niagra require pressing in several
stages over an hour or so. With grapes or soft fruit use a
DO NOT under any circumstances attempt to process stone
fruits through the shredder. This will damage the knives
the same as if you threw in a handful of rocks.
Consult with your county agent or a reputable wine supply
store for preservation or fermentation instructions.