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- Exceptionally robust construction
- Sized for high-capacity pressing
- Diagrams for wood parts included
Maple Creek DIY Fruit Press Parts
These stout components are the key items you need to build your own heavy duty wine press or apple press. Use your wood and shop skills to save a bundle on a masterpiece! No special joinery is involved, and only basic shop tools are needed (a tablesaw is recommended, but not required).
The 1.5" diameter screw has 13.25" of travel; it's made of high strength steel and has an acme thread. Overall width of the massive cast iron beam is 16-15/16", and when dadoed into your vertical press posts, width between your posts will be 16". The ends of the cross beam measure 2-15/16" square. The bolt holes in the beam are 13/32" to accept your 3/8" bolts.
“I've worked with a few presses and have always wanted to build my own. This kit does it all. You do have to scramble around for long drill bit and bolts but this is very well built. I hope to be done this week or next and press my first batch. Thanks for thinking of us DIY'ers.”
– John B., ME
The cast iron foot swivels on the end of the steel forcing screw, and has a diameter of 3-3/4". The top-mounted cast iron wheel is securely keyed to the acme screw shaft and has a diameter of 6-3/4". Kingpins measure 2" tall; they taper from 1" at root to 13/16" at top and accept a turning pole (handle) up to 2-3/4" wide. A single shorter pole can be used by one person, or two can operate a longer pole that extends both directions. The basket hoops are a steel alloy and measure 1/8" x 3/4" x 13-1/2" inside diameter, and each has 26 holes x 3/16". Everything included is pictured.
The beam, top wheel and foot are primer coated black. Net combined weight of the beam, screw assembly and hoops is 35 lbs. Maple Creek™ press parts are guaranteed by Pleasant Hill Grain against defects in materials and workmanship for 1 year.
This parts set includes detailed parts drawings with exact dimensions of each wood part. Step by step construction instructions are not included. Hole placements are user-determined, but with the included drawings, that's a simple job.
As with any fruit press, to get good juice yield from apples you need to pulp them first. Our apple grinders, shown below, make quick work of that assignment.
“I've looked for a kit like this for a long time. So happy to have found such a great kit to make our family an heirloom press!”
– Richard L., WA
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|Product Weight (lbs.)||35 lb.|
|Warranty Length||1 year|
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By Patrick P. in OR on 4/12/2016 - Verified BuyerThis assembly is exactly what I was looking for. It has a more efficient mechanism than "heavy duty" units I've rented. It's built for extended pressing sessions and is a welcome addition to my wine and cider making hobby. This press will outlive me and become a family heirloom.5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Larry W. in MT on 7/21/2016 - Verified BuyerLiked all parts and instructions for the cider press. My only question was where to find a 7-1/2" stainless steel bolt for the angled supports. I sell nuts and bolts and struck out on finding two. Please help by giving me a source.Moderator:
Larry, one good solution is a cut-to-length section of threaded rod. Add a nut at one end with a little threadlocking compound (or a drop of super glue) to create a "head" on your custom-made bolt, and you're set. Thanks for the review, and for your business!4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Charlie R. in MI on 4/11/2016 - Verified BuyerVery impressed with the quality. Very heavy and good castings. Can't wait to press with it!4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Lowell A. in OH on 4/12/2016 - Verified BuyerThis is a really good product. I was somewhat reserved about buying an imported product, but this worked excellent last season and pressed nearly 100 gallons of cider from our home orchard. The quality is just as good as the domestic products that are twice the price!3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Colin D. in IA on 4/12/2016 - Verified BuyerMetal parts are very robust, exactly what I was looking for. Threads are well done and the assembly can be turned by hand easily at first and then switch to the handle to finish pressing.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Douglas H. in NC on 4/12/2016 - Verified BuyerI'm so glad to have found this cider press assembly at PHG. The renewed interest in cider making has led many folks to uncover the old cider press in the barn only to find it in need of repair. The quality of this set is excellent and it can be used to fit many old cider presses.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Patricia D. in NY on 4/12/2016 - Verified BuyerGood strong parts, works well.1 person found this review helpful. Did you?
By James M. in OR on 4/12/2016 - Verified BuyerBe careful of the corners of the threads, they are very sharp. I put the lead screw in my lathe to de-bur them. I ran over it with a file first and then emery paper second. This isn't necessary, a few minutes in a tumble bur machine would eliminate this. With these parts I made a really good, super strong fruit press.
I give it a thumbs up!Moderator:
We'll look into relieving the edges of the threads in future production, and using emery cloth on them is good advice. It's also very important to keep the threads of any press well lubricated with grease (we recommend food grade grease), both to dramatically reduce friction---and thus increase pressing force and juice yield---and to prevent corrosion. Thanks for your review, James!7 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Glen F. in WI on 4/12/2016 - Verified Buyersharp filings not polished off makes for a problem.6 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Gwen W., WA on 12/25/2016 - Verified BuyerWe first bought a cheap press made in China from a giant online retailer; after 4 pressings, the ratchet handle broke off and metal shavings were in our cider. We returned it to the giant online retailer and bought this kit. The parts are quality. We were able to find most of the lumber materials at a recycled building materials store, including the oak for the staves. Wondering, though, why the diagram for the beveled staves shows the longer side to the inside? Totally perplexed by this.Moderator:
Gwen, the wide sides of the slats are oriented inward because only a very small slit is needed to let juice escape, and the narrow opening keeps pulp in the basket. (You definitely will want to use either disposable cheesecloth or one of our reusable mesh pressing bags inside the basket too, though—otherwise you’ll lose pulp and pressure long before you get much juice from your pomace.) Having the inter-slat gaps taper wider to the outside makes it easy to clean out any pulp that does get through the inner gaps. This construction is standard for wood fruit press baskets. Thanks for your business, and for the review!2 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
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