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Clearance: Maximizer® Fruit Press 36 Liter + Stainless Basket
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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 stainless steel basket
  • Upper frame yoke tips 90° to side easily, for full basket access
  • 9.5 gallon pulp capacity
  • Wide, low stance for great stability
  • Fruit press works great for apples, pears, grapes & other fruit
  • Assembles in minutes
  • Cleans up fast with a garden hose
  • Strong cast iron pressing plate
  • Modular design disassembles quickly without tools for easy handling


Clearance: Maximizer® Fruit Press 36 Liter + Stainless Basket

This is an R1 clearance item. Please check the tables below to see how we rate our clearance items.

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 1-1/4" 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 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 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.

New Fast Retract feature: The Maximizer press 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. 

  • “I couldn't be more satisfied with the Maximizer press. It is more than I expected.”

    – Gary R., NM

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

  36 Liter (9.5 Gallons)
Frame Dimensions (W x D x H) 24.75" x 17.75" x 43"
Basket Dimensions (Dia x H) 12.5" x 17"
Net Machine Weight 100 lbs.

For more details see the specs tab, above.

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.

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.

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!

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Descriptions of Ratings for Clearance Store Items

(Expanded descriptions in next table)
Minimum Discount Mechanically Perfect Free Shipping Over $59 Standard Return Policy Full
R1 Returned. Non-working surfaces have new or nearly new appearance. Working surfaces may have slight wear marks. 10% Yes Yes Yes Yes
R2 Returned, nearly-new appearance. Slight to moderate flaws on non-working surfaces. 15% Yes Yes Yes Yes
FR Factory-refurbished unit. Varies by item Yes Yes Yes No
D Brief demonstration use only, not previously sold. Varies by item Yes Yes Yes Yes
DIS Discontinued. Varies by item Yes Yes Yes Varies by item
U Used. Varies by item Yes Yes Yes Yes
SD Scratched and/or dented. Varies by item Yes Yes Yes Yes
NOS New old stock. Varies by item. Yes Yes Yes Yes

Additional notes:

  1. The ratings are for cosmetic condition only. All Clearance Store merchandise is guaranteed to function perfectly.
  2. Items are offered under normal terms of sale: Please review policies before ordering.
  3. Discount percentages for R1 and R2 items are minimum discounts... Some items are marked even lower.
  4. Some clearance items ship in plain (but carefully boxed) packaging, rather than the manufacturer’s original carton.
  5. Important: All clearance items may have been exposed to various allergenic foods.


Bottom Line: If you’re a highly detail-oriented person, we recommend sticking to “R1.” But after a week’s use, the only real difference between one of these items and a brand new one will be the money you saved.

Expanded Ratings Descriptions

R1 Very close scrutiny is required to tell that the item isn’t brand new. Working surfaces may show slight wear; for example, the bottom-inside of a Bosch mixer bowl may show swirl marks because Bosch mixer whips are designed to “float” against bottom of bowl. Non-working surfaces (cabinet, control panel) look essentially new. Carton may not be perfect.
R2 Typically has a small scuff or mark on a non-working surface like a mixer cabinet or the top of a pressure cooker lid.
FR Mostly returned items which have been brought fully up to new-equipment performance specs at the factory.
D Demonstration items have been operated briefly at Pleasant Hill Grain.
DIS These items have never been used but we no longer sell them at full price in our store because it was discontinued by us or by the manufacturer.
U Has had light use.
SD Has moderate damage on a non-working surface, such as a scratch or dent in the housing.
NOS A brand new item that isn't the newest model.




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Brand Maximizer
Width 24.75"
Depth 17.75"
Height 43"
Diameter 12.5"
Product Weight 108 lb.
Basket Dimensions (Dia. x H) 12.5" x 17"
Basket Material Stainless steel
Color Red
Capacity 9.5 gal., 36L
Power Manual
PHG Exclusive Yes
UPC 090125718768
Origin Imported
Commercial Warranty No
Warranty Length 1 year


We stock this product in our Nebraska warehouse. Most of our shipments are by FedEx Ground or Home Delivery and you should receive your order in four business days or less from ship-out. Click here for more information about shipping.


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  • 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.
    9 out of 9 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!
    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Easy to clean
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Bought this to speed up my cider operation. It did. The two issues I'm having it the bags that use (also from this place) are to big to fit easily into the stainless steel press area. Second the press disc on top is to small some of the bag bulges up above it, which defeat the purpose of pressing. Another issue is the handle on top interesting design but I think a removable t handle would be better. I have my press bolt to 1/2in 4x4 sheat of plywood no issues with moving around.
    2 out of 2 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.
    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • My opinion after 1st press
    By on - Verified Buyer
    We purchased the Maximizer and grinder. The grinder easily took whole apples, but would recommend cutting apples in half for better results. So glad we got the grinder too. The Press was easy to use. I would suggest attaching it to some kind of base to lift it higher to give room for collection containers. Also, when the grinder is swung out of the way, it can be a little top heavy. We put quite a bit of torque on the press and it performed very well. This press worked exactly as I had hoped. So happy with it! Also, customer service was great - before AND after the sale!
    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Value and quality: Excellent
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Great press, very well built. Bought this as an experiment for use in pressing chopped cabbage and carrots for our store-made slaw. Could not be more pleased with the results. And customer service is outstanding, Thank You.
    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
    By on - Verified Buyer
    The grinder, hopper and press are awesome! All three are well made and work well together. The mesh bags are awesome too! Efficient way to make cider!
    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
    By on - Verified Buyer
    The press, hopper, grinder, and hopper are awesome! All three are well made and work well together. The mesh bags are awesome too! Efficient way to make cider!
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  • Solid build, documentation needs improvement.
    By on - Verified Buyer
    This review is based upon assembly, I have not used the press yet.
    Solid and strong construction.
    The assembly directions are vague and do not address every aspect of assembly/operation. Illustrations are sparse. The packaging arrived without the necessary “Food grade grease”.
    I ordered the optional wheel kit, which arrived three days after the main shipment. The wheel kit description states "The set includes two wooden blocks to prop the press legs up, making it quick and easy to mount and remove". However, there were no assembly directions or suggestions for proper usage. It would be nice if I could figure a way to “easy mount and remove” the wheels with the two blocks, but without directions and/or illustrations it becomes a guessing game.
    Removing the wheel kit is important because “When used with the optional grinder in place, the base of the Maximizer-GSAM press must be secured to prevent tipping (and it will! ). 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 and mounting hardware not included. )
    The GSAM needs to be detachable, it is awkward and gets in the way during transport. It swings just fine but will not lift off. The bolts used to fasten the apple grinder (which is very heavy! ) to the GSAM are too small (thin) to inspire much confidence, and despite that the product description says "removing either is quick and tool-free"; you need two wrenches to fasten each one of the four bolts.
    Now the good news. Pleasant Hill Grain’s customer service is outstanding! Phone calls are promptly answered, and the phone techs are easy to talk to and understand. Missing parts are quickly shipped the very same day.
    Once I get the press transported and set up where it is needed during harvest I will report back on its operation.

    Thank you for your review, Theodore. To help clarify some things...

    1.) As the directions state, the blocks are placed under two of the feet for installation of the wheel kit. This holds those legs up off the ground, which allows easy attachment of the wheel kit to the press. We agree that those directions could be more explicit, and we'll make that update soon. Thank you for the suggestion.

    2.) The GSAM is detachable by lifting upward. Of course, with the grinder installed on it, the assembly is quite heavy. Users ordinarily don't find it advantageous to remove it during operation of the press, but the grinder certainly should not be mounted for transport of the press.

    3.) We've had no reports of failure of the grinder mounting bolts.

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  • Great product at an excellent price
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Great product at an excellent price. The press was well packaged, easy to assemble, easy to operate, and very well built.
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