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- Strong handle provides leverage for easy turning
- Heavy duty, long-life Acme forcing screw
- Reversible ratchet turns large-diameter Acme screw
- Commercial duty construction of 3/16" wall thickness steel tubing
- Full stainless steel juice pan
- Heavy duty stainless steel basket
- Upper frame yoke tips to side easily for full basket access
- Fast retract handle socket
- Includes strong cast iron pressing plate
- Two models: 5.3 gallon (48 lb.) or 9.5 gallon (85 lb.) grape capacity
- Excellent stability from wide, low stance
- Multi-purpose fruit press, also works well for apples, pears & more
- Assembles in minutes
- Cleans up fast with a garden hose
- Modular design disassembles quickly without tools for easy handling
- Optional GSAM for mounting a Maximizer fruit grinder
Maximizer® Wine Press with Stainless Basket
Tariffs could soon be imposed on three categories of PHG products: Fruit presses, fruit grinders, and corn shellers. Prices will jump sharply if this happens, so we encourage you not to wait once you’ve made a decision!
The Maximizer® wine press is built very, very strong. Its rectangular steel tubing frame has a wall thickness of 3/16”, and it features a large diameter forcing screw that lets you put tremendous pressure on your grapes to extract the maximum juice yield from your vineyard’s harvest.
A simple and effective ratcheting mechanism with long steel handle provides excellent mechanical advantage, taking the hard work out of wine pressing. The traveling-screw design of this wine press speeds up operation by eliminating the need to add pressing blocks in multiple stages on top of the pressing plate, as is required with most fixed-screw wine presses.
The 9.5 gallon model of the Maximizer wine press holds 85 pounds of grapes, while the 5.3 gallon version holds 48 lbs. of grapes.
“If you want a reliable cider press, this is the best I've seen. Very well made. You won't be disappointed.”
– Chris W., NH
Easy tip-off yoke
The upper yoke, or cross beam, of the Maximizer wine press tips completely out of your way for access to load and empty the basket. This design makes the wine pressing operation easy and efficient.
A frame made of 3/16"-wall high strength rectangular steel tubing and a stainless steel pressing basket with stainless steel pan give the Maximizer wine press the strength to last for years and years of use. And we package the press well to protect everything during shipping. The Maximizer presses arrive in two shipping boxes and require assembly.
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 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 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.
Maximizer® Ratcheting Wine 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 please 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 press with wood basket.
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.
If you want to press apples, pears, or other fruit that's fine-grained when pulped, we recommend ordering an accessory mesh basket-liner bag. 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.
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|Basket Material||Stainless steel|
|UPC||Does not apply|
|Warranty Length||1 year|
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By John in Kingston,WA on 4/12/2016 - Verified BuyerI 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!25 out of 25 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Stuart S., ME on 7/24/2016 - Verified BuyerI 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?
By Chris W. in NH on 9/14/2017 - Verified BuyerWe 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.10 out of 10 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Rog & Stef M., WA on 7/24/2016 - Verified BuyerYour 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?
By Karla K., ID on 10/23/2017 - Verified BuyerLove 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.8 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Richard C., MI on 7/24/2016 - Verified BuyerI'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?
By Beth I. in CT on 4/11/2016 - Verified BuyerThe Maximizer is a quality press and an excellent value, and customer service was excellent as well.6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Matthew G. in OR on 9/25/2018 - Verified BuyerPress 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?
By Richard H. in WA on 9/25/2017 - Verified BuyerWe 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?
By Still Brook Farm, NH on 3/14/2018 - Verified BuyerWe 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!4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
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