With the Homesteader Cider Press & Grinder It’s time to start putting all that fruit to good use. If you’ve been inundated with apples this year and are ready to taste some real cider, the Homesteader cider press will see you right. This is a good sized, high quality press that will be as pleasurable to use as the end result will be to drink.
You have the luxury of a high quality apple grinder with this model, arguably a necessity when dealing with any significant amount of hard fruit. There’s no need to even slice or peel the apples, just throw ’em in whole and see them reduce to pulp in no time! The pulp is tipped directly from the grinder into the tub, ready for pressing. Next, position the pressing blocks in place and begin turning that screw. By now your very own apple cider will begin collecting into the bottom tray and pouring into whatever container you have waiting below. It’s a very satisfying sight to see and one you can look forward to!
The Homesteader is a single-tub press for cider or wine (or indeed other fruit) with the same basic frame and press screw assembly as the double-tub American Harvester. It has been designed specifically as an “all-purpose” fruit press which is capable of grinding and squeezing apples, grapes and other fruits and vegetables!
The Homesteader features the “Apple Eater” grinder attachment, conveniently mounted to the back of the press so that the “pulped” fruit falls directly into the tub for squeezing. However, it is also possible to have this grinder mounted independent of the press, allowing both pressing and grinding to happen at the same time!
Overall, the Homesteader apple press is a well constructed piece of engineering that is capable of producing many a gallon of cider. Get your friends and family involved and spend a social afternoon experiencing the simple pleasure of pressing your own fruit: you won’t go wrong with the Homesteader.
*One Year Warranty*: Buy with confidence; this press is covered by warranty for 1 whole year after the date of purchase. If your press requires to be repaired or replaced during this time, the Manufacturer promises to do so at no cost. A refund may also be offered less any return freight charges.
Overall Press Dimensions and Weight: 31W x 25L x 40H (inches), 156 lbs
Frame: The main frame is made out of laminated hardwood and all joints are dadoed and cross-bolted for added structural support.
Wood Finish: Please Note: THIS PRESS WILL COME UNFINISHED! Prior to use this press will need to be applied with varnish, lacquer, Poxy Coating or EZ-DO Polyurethane Gel to protect the wood. With that in mind, it is advised that you purchase a necessary coating with your order.
Screw: The Acme-threaded screw runs through a heavy cast iron crossarm and measures 1 1/2″ in diameter by 22″ in length. The screw has a cast iron foot attached to its base which helps distribute pressure from the screw onto the pressing-disc inside the bucket. We recommend applying a small amount of lubricant to this pressure foot and also the screw. See our Petrol-Gel Lubricant.
Tub: The hardwood tub features beveled staves so it can be cleaned with ease and measures 12” high by 13 ½” in diameter. It is banded with heavy steel hoops and has the capacity roughly the same as a box of “pulped” apples. 1 juice rank is also included.
Grinder: The included apple grinder consists of a cast iron grinding box that houses a 5 1/2″ diameter terpolymer of ABS cylinder with 8 serrated stainless steel blades. A 18 lb. cast iron flywheel is then attached to the grinding shaft which produces a smooth and fast grinding motion.