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Maximizer® Fruit/Apple Cider Press with Stainless Basket

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  • Large-diameter Acme screw
  • Reversible ratchet
  • Durable Acme screw thread
  • High pressing force & low effort
  • Sturdy pressing handle
  • Commercial duty construction
  • 3/16" wall thickness steel tubing
  • Steel juice pan with 1" drain pipe
  • Oak or stainless steel basket
  • Pre-sealed wood parts 
  • Upper frame yoke tips 90° to the side easily
  • Fast retract handle socket
  • 5.3 or 9.5 gallon pulp capacity
  • Wide, low stance for stability
  • Press apples, pears, grapes & more
  • Assembles in minutes
  • Fast cleanup with garden hose
  • Strong cast iron pressing plate
  • Modular design 
  • No tools necessary for dissambly
  • Optional GSAM for Maximizer apple grinder


Maximizer® Fruit/Apple Cider Press with Stainless Basket

Woman holding fresh applesWhether 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.

Fast tip-off design

With the pull of a single pin, the upper yoke of the Maximizer 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 heavy stainless steel pressing basket and stainless steel pan to make the Maximizer a cider press you'll enjoy using for many years. The Maximizer presses arrive in two shipping boxes and require assembly.

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 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.

  • “We were so impressed with the speed with which we received our apple press! Thank you. Sturdy beautiful machine that works flawlessly.”

    – Toni T., MT

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Fast Retract feature

The Maximizer presses now feature 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. 

Features of the Maximizer GSAM press with stainless basket

Maximizer® Apple Cider Press

  36 Liter (9.5 Gallons) 20 Liter (5.3 Gallons)
Frame Dimensions (W x D x H) 24.75" x 17.75" x 43" 22" x 15.5" x 36"
Basket Dimensions (Dia x H) 12.5" x 17" 10.5" x 14"
Net Machine Weight 100 lbs. 81 lbs.

For more details see the specs tab, above.

This fruit press is also available in another version, identical except that it includes a solid oak basket, instead of a stainless steel basket. Click here for the Maximizer press with wood basket.

NOTE: We have a Maximizer 20 liter press available in our clearance store here.

Lubricating the Acme Screw

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.

We recommend ordering an accessory mesh basket-liner bag to use with the press. Traditionally, disposable cheesecloth is used to keep finer fruit pulps from squirting out between the basket holes under high pressure, but our mesh bags are reusable and much more convenient.

Apple Grinders

Maximizer apple grinder

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 both excellent choices.

Electric apple grinder crusher

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!

Compare Fruit Presses

Click to see our fruit press comparison table.

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Select product option(s) from the drop-down menu at top of page to see item-specific specifications here.

Brand Maximizer
Width 19.5"
Depth 15.25"
Basket Material Stainless steel
Color Red
Power Manual
PHG Exclusive Yes
UPC Does not apply
Origin Imported
Warranty Length 1 year


Select product option(s) from the drop-down menu at top of page to see item-specific specifications here.



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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 setup for my next pressing to be a breeze. Have fun and press on!
    28 out of 28 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!
    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Love it.
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Love it. We press about 800 lbs of apples a year. Has held up for five years with very little maintenance required.

    Great company to deal with. Thanks for being awesome.
    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Press and grinder
    By on - Verified Buyer
    We just put this to the test last night. Very well made and very efficient. We are loaded to the hilt with apples this year. Have borrowed an old rickety home-made press in the past. It performed well enough, but we wanted something that would last for years to come. I am a retired carpenter/builder and could construct such (wood), but would it last for decades? Probably not.

    Great unit, all in all. If you want a reliable cider press, this is the best I've seen. Very well made. You won't be disappointed. We have many friends who want to come down and make cider with us..... now that they've seen photos of the press on Facebook!!

    One last thought. We looked around for used presses. They, generally, want quite a bit of money for them. In my mind, it's just not worth spending $300-500 for an old cider press....some w/o a grinder. Don't waste your money on such antique items.
    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Fast-Retract feature is smart
    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!
    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Great product and great cider!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    We purchased the Maximizer and enjoyed fantastic cider from the very first pressing. This is a heavy duty press that should last us a lifetime. We also purchased with this the mesh bags, hopper extension, apple grinder, GSAM and food grease. All items arrived on-time and together. It took about 30 minutes to put together. I mounted the press to a 2' x 4'sheet of 3/4 plywood with wheels that lock for ease of storage. We halved or quartered the apples and dropped them in the hopper. Clean up was easy, a quick spray down with the hose. This week we tasted our first hard cider, it was fantastic. We produced thirty-five gallons from our small orchard using the Maximizer and thoroughly enjoyed the experience with friends and family!
    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • 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.
    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • What a great press!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I have a homemade press that works well enough, but isn't enough to handle our annual pressing party of over 20 friends and neighbors. Last year we rented a press which cost about $50 for a weekend. So this year we splurged and purchased the 36L Maximizer.

    Wow this press is well made and has a 3/16 thick steel framework. Very impressed with the ease of use and well thought out design. We pressed about 80 gallons of cider and it never missed a beat.

    Pleasant Hill Grain was also great to purchase from. I ordered it online late Friday night and it was here in rural southern Oregon Wednesday. I will be using Pleasant Hill from now on.
    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Good press, grinder not optional
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Press is high quality and much sturdier/nicer than the ubiquitous wood presses popular here in the Pacific Northwest. If you want to get a decent quantity of cider the grinder is not optional; we could not get any cider to come out of a load of quartered apples but managed over a half gallon from the same apples after grinding them. The only other issue is the press tends to move when applying force to the crank arm. You really need to anchor the press to a piece of wood to prevent it from moving, which diminishes the gorgeous appearance of the press. Overall, even with the added cost of the grinder, this press is cheaper than used wood press for sale locally on craigslist, looks better, and works well.
    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • The start of a new family tradition
    By on - Verified Buyer
    We just received our Maximizer press and crusher. After unboxing, assembly and washing, we picked about a bushel of apples from our trees; anxious to try our new purchase. With our daughter and grand children helping we got down to business. The juice flowed and tasted so much better than anything you can buy. Next week with more apples and the fire pit glowing, we will make cider, roast marshmallows and embark on a new family fall tradition. Thanks Pleasant Hill!
    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
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