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Old 10-10-2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Anyone want to guess what this contraption is?

Anyone recognize this contraption or want to take a guess on what it is, and what these guys are doing?



(hint - it was out at the orchard. It was really cool to see it in action - like some sort of steam punk apple machine)

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:16 PM   #2
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I have an idea, but from this angle I can't tell if the guys are wearing their pants or not so I can't say for sure...

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:17 PM   #3
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My guess is "fruit press".

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:18 PM   #4
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lol @ chshrecat. My guess is that it peels and cores apples. gallon of your cider to the winner kevin?

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:21 PM   #5
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It would be easier if I could see the business end.

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:24 PM   #6
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Wow - that was quick - yep, it peels and cores apples. It was crazy to see in action. These guys put an apple on a little cup that holds it. The weight of the apple makes the holder drop down and kick off a whole series of gears that swings the apple up next to a knife, spins it around to peel it, chunks the core out, and drops it into a chute. They are are going to use the apples for apple butter for a church fundraiser. They went through about 20 bushels in no time flat.

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:28 PM   #7
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Wow! I'd love to see some video of that thing in action.

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:45 PM   #8
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I cheated, I've seen something like that some years ago. They are really cool in action.

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Old 10-10-2009, 05:02 PM   #9
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it would have been guessed sooner or later...especially with that curly apple skin at the bottom of the image.


still...awesome machine!

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Old 10-11-2009, 12:51 AM   #10
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Darn, somebody already got it. I was going to guess one of those mechanical calculators they used to crack the German codes in WWII... I think they discovered the key code was "apfelwein"

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