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  • $399.95 - $479.95
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  • Reversible ratchet turns large-diameter Acme screw
  • Acme screw thread for years of service
  • Strong handle creates high pressing force with low effort
  • Commercial duty construction of 3/16" wall thickness steel tubing
  • Full stainless steel juice pan with 1" drain pipe
  • Heavy duty solid oak or stainless steel basket
  • Wood parts come pre-sealed with food safe sealant
  • Upper frame yoke tips 90° to side easily, for full basket access
  • Two models with 5.3 gallon or 9.5 gallon pulp capacity
  • Wide, low stance for great stability
  • Fruit press works great for apples, pears, grapes, other fruit
  • Assembles in minutes without tools
  • Cleans up fast with a garden hose
  • Strong cast iron pressing plate
  • Modular design disassembles quickly without tools for easy handling


Maximizer® Fruit/Apple Cider Press

Whether you have a few apple trees or a larger orchard or vineyard, the Maximizer® apple cider press provides the top quality construction and superior design features you need. To call the construction of the Maximizer fruit press stout would be an understatement... this is the Sherman Tank of fruit presses. Its frame has the strength to withstand tremendous pressure, and the acme-threaded forcing screw and solid ratchet mechanism make it easy to create that pressure. (The forcing screw is 1" diameter on the 5.3 gallon model & 1-1/4" diameter for the 9.5 gallon model.) With a Maximizer cider press you can quickly and easily develop pressures that will send other presses to the scrap heap. Higher pressure = higher juice yields and more production in less time.

  • “This is my first experience with Pleasant Hill Grain and it's been a delight. I got all the information I needed and the experience left me with the belief that the company's concern for helping people doesn't just depend on making a sale.”

    – Frank P. Besag, Ph.D., FL

Fast tip-off design: With the pull of a single pin, the upper yoke of the Maximizer cider press tips fully out of your way for full basket loading-and-unloading access. The speed and convenience of this design makes the pressing operation fast and easy.

Best materials: A frame made of 3/16" wall thickness steel tubing combines with a solid pre-sealed oak or stainless steel pressing basket and stainless steel pan to make the Maximizer a cider press you'll enjoy using for many years.

New GSAM feature: The Maximizer-GSAM fruit press features an integrated Grinder Swing Arm Mount (GSAM) that allows you to mount an optional apple grinder right on your press for maximum convenience and productivity. (The Maximizer apple grinder will fit the GSAM.) The GSAM provides you with a secure mount for the optional apple grinder. It puts the grinder just where you need it to rapidly pulverize apples for full juice extraction, and then just as easily it swings your grinder out of the way for pressing.

New Fast Retract feature: The Maximizer presses now features a very handy Fast Retract handle socket. After the juice has been squeezed from a batch of fruit and the forcing screw has been ratcheted backward a few strokes to relieve pressure, remove the ratchet handle from its horizontal socket and drop it into the adjacent vertical socket. This Fast Retract feature lets you spin the forcing screw and pressing plate quickly back up to the top of the basket. 

Important notes: When used with the optional grinder in place, the base of the Maximizer-GSAM press must be secured to prevent tipping. You can do this by bolting the legs (using holes provided in the feet) to a base such as a wood deck or concrete pad. Another option is to bolt the feet to a 4' x 4' sheet of plywood, 1/2" thick or more (plywood not included.) In the accompanying images, the press is not mounted in the manner required for operation. Proper secure mounting of the press legs prevents tipping and also optimizes operation of both the press and the grinder.

Maximizer® Apple Cider Press Wood Basket

  36 Liter (9.5 Gallons)  20 Liter (5.3 Gallons) 
Frame Dimensions (W x D x H) 19.5" x 15.25" x 38" 19.5" x 15.25" x 36"
Outside Basket Dimensions (Dia x H) 14" x 17" 12" x 14"
Inside Basket Dimensions (Dia x H) 12.5" x 17" 10.5" x 14"
Net Machine Weight 108 lbs. 86 lbs.


Maximizer® Apple Cider Press with Stainless Basket

  36 Liter (9.5 Gallons)  20 Liter (5.3 Gallons)
Frame Dimensions (W x D x H) 19.5" x 15.25" x 38" 19.5" x 15.25" x 36"
Basket Dimensions (Dia x H) 13" x 17.25" 10.5" x 14"
Net Machine Weight 100 lbs. 81 lbs.

For more details please see the specs tab, above.

The wood parts of the Maximizer press arrive pre-sealed. For future maintenance, we have an excellent coating product available below.

  • “The Maximizer is a quality press and an excellent value, and customer service was excellent as well.”

    – Beth I., CT

We recommend ordering one or more accessory mesh basket-liner bags to use with the press.

It's important to keep the acme forcing screw well lubricated with food safe grease; this greatly reduces wear and turning effort, and dramatically increases maximum pressure and juice yield.

As with any press, to get good juice yield from apples you need to pulp them first. Proper pulping lets you get three to four times as much juice from the apples, compared to pressing the fruit whole. Our Maximizer™ apple grinder and Electric Apple Grinder are all excellent choices.

The top U.S. fruit-pressing states are Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Texas, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Colorado… We ship apple cider presses free to the 48-contiguous U.S. states!

We offer a wide selection of apple presses... Click to see our category page of all apple cider presses!

We’re currently out of the 20L Maximizer press equipped with the GSAM grinder mount. However, we will certainly be getting more of the GSAM arms later in 2017. If you order a non-GSAM Maximizer press now (which is currently in stock), and add the GSAM arm later, you'll have exactly the same thing, because it’s the same press either way, including the integral GSAM-arm connection hardware. For current buyers of 20L Maximizer presses, a $20 discount off the separate price of the GSAM arm will be available, once those arrive.

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  • Great home hobbyist investment
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I had the best of hopes considering the price of this press. It isn't cheap, but I'm very happy I decided to make the investment. (Actually, I saw some rough looking used stuff on Craigslist for pretty much the same price or more, so the Pleasant Hill price might actually be good.) It's really sturdy and the workmanship is excellent. I had never operated a press before, but it seems to function perfectly and I made some killer cider. Now that the press is confirmed, I plan to buy the GSAM, apple grinder and hopper extension to complete my system. The grinder and these additional components are nicely engineered to mount and function together, so I expect set up for my next pressing to be a breeze. Have fun and press on!
    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Wow..... Just..... Wow!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Your Maximizer press has it all, does it all, and it's clearly going to last and last. I mean, I would say that only a bomb is going to make this thing fail, but actually I don't think a bomb would damage it all that much. Maybe a direct hit.

    The efficiency, in conjunction with your apple grinder, is just outstanding. The effort requirement is low, juice yield is fantastic, and there's just no better way to spend a beautiful day in the fall.

    The icing on the cake is that it arrived so fast, and well-protected. I've really had it up to "here" with the shoddy, shabby packaging that gets worse by the year. Goods damaged on arrival are such a pain in the rear. Thanks for doing things right!
    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Fast-Retract feature is worthwhile
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Your fast-retraction feature is quite a time saver. We hadn't used a press of any kind before, but it's clear that the smaller turning circle makes raising the screw much faster than it would otherwise be. Kudos on smart design!
    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Terrific machine & Good value
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I had trouble finding a quality cider press until I came across you guys last fall and I want to tell you that this is a terrific machine. I did 100 bushels of apples and it worked perfectly. And it's a good value. Thank you for offering such a great fruit press!
    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Excellent value and quality
    By on - Verified Buyer
    The Maximizer is a quality press and an excellent value, and customer service was excellent as well.
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  • Top of the line
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I've received my fruit press and found it to be well made and really much more than I expected. This is a top of the line press that will give me many years of service, and the help and courtesy demonstrated by your people were greatly appreciated.
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  • Great
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  • Very nice
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Very nice press and very, very quick shipping!
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  • Nice fruit press, good price
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Nice fruit press, good price, shipped fast. Thank you!
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  • Excellent Machine
    By on - Verified Buyer
    We were so impressed with the speed with which we received our apple press! Thank you. Sturdy beautiful machine that works flawlessly.
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Brand Maximizer
Width 19.5"
Depth 15.25"
Color Red
Power Manual
PHG Exclusive Yes
Warranty Length 1 year
Country of Manufacture China


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