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Old 03-08-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
jberth
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made a cider press . The grinder sits behind it, feeds into two separate mesh nylon bags separated by maple block inside the strainer/pot. I then adjust the main 4x4 shaft to the right high and use a two ton hydraulic jack underneath (so if there are any problems it doesn't contaminate the batch) and it collects in the bin underneath. Please post pictures of your presses, i'd like to see other designs maybe, in order to improve mine! Thank you.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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Nice DIY!

 
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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Wish I had thought of pushing up while making my press.

 
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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I like the use of the pot. How big are the holes? Would you do that idea again?

 
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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Thank you very much

 
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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yea, i wanted to put the jack under the cider, so it wouldn't contaminate if anything went wrong. Hands down its a much harder design than putting the jack above, but i think its worth it. And the holes are 3/16. i would do that design again, i'd say the pot is much stronger than most of the barrel strainers you could get. Its a two ton jack. If i were to do another press, i'd make it out of steel, get a bigger pot and a 4 or 6 ton jack to maximize pressure and efficiency. The press I hve now is made out of 4x4s on either side, and 2x4s going across, so its pretty strong, but i still hear creaking when i press sometimes, so i have to be carefull.

 
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:53 PM   #7
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rchqG2zVeE

check me out making cider at my farm

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:46 PM   #8
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This is my press, I made the beam and posts from a tree on my farm, with a chainsaw. I use a 5 tonne jack, I don't think having the jack above is a problem.
I like your press, excellent use of available resources.

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Old 03-21-2013, 02:55 PM   #9
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thats a very cool setup. the jack is ok, but i wouldn't hurt to put a metal tray right under it to catch any leaks just in case. what ton jack is that, 10?

 
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #10
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What sort of speed, and gap are on your grinder? Do apples need to be precut? Nice looking rig.

John

 
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