American Harvester from Happy Valley Ranch
Double-Tub Cider Mill & Wine Press
The American Harvester Cider Mill and Wine Press from Happy Valley Ranch is a combination of the best features found in different mills and presses manufactured around the turn of the 20th century. By the early 1900s, the double-tub model cider mill was by far the most popular. The rugged 4-leg construction utilizing good hard wood and large amounts of cast iron make this unit appealing to farmers and orchards.
The American Harvester cider mill has an advantage in design that allows both the grinding and squeezing to take place at the same time. Also, the grinding unit on the American Harvester reduces apples to a "pulp like" consistency which allows a more efficient "press".
In short, the American Harvester will produce the most cider from the least amount of apples in the shortest amount of time... better than any hand operated unit on the market!
Our experience shows that two people working at a comfortable pace can easily grind and squeeze 50 gallons of cider in an afternoon.
! SPECIAL FEATURE !
The "Apple Eater" grinder on the American Harvester grinds whole apple with ease. You do not have to slice or push them down!
FRAME: The four leg construction is of rugged laminated hardwood. All joints are dadoed and cross-bolted for full structural rigidity.
WOOD FINISH: ALL HAPPY VALLEY RANCH PRESSES COME UNFINISHED! You will need to protect it with varnish, lacquer, Poxy Coating or EZ-DO Polyurethane Gel.
SCREW: The Acme-threaded press screw is 1 1/2" in diameter, 22" long, and passes through a heavy cast iron crossarm. Pressure is applied to a reinforced pressing-disc which fits inside the tub. Attached to the bottom of the screw is a cast iron foot which distributes the pressure to the pressing-disc. It is suggested that you apply a small amount of lubricant to the screw as well as the inside the pressure foot. See our Petro-Gel Lubricant.
TUBS: The two hardwood tubs have beveled staves for easy cleaning, are 12" high, 13 1/2" in diameter, and is banded with heavy steel hoops. The capacity of each tub is equivalent to a box of "pulped" apples. Two juice racks included with each American Harvester.
GRINDER: The 5 1/2" diameter terpolymer of ABS cylinder has 8 serrated stainless steel knives. The specially designed grinding box is all cast iron. Operation is made smooth, fast and easy by the use of a 18 lb. cast iron flywheel attached to the grinding shaft.