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The American Harvester

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Meet your cider making workhorse. For the ultimate apple pressing companion, no mill is better equipped for the task than the American Harvester cider press. With it's double tub construction, this is a high quality piece of engineering - art perhaps - that's every bit as good as it looks. Perfect for large-scale cider production, orchards and as a co-owned, shared press.

On a glorious afternoon, get a group of family or friends together and share the satisfaction and joy you can't help but feel when operating this machine. The fresh, pure and intensely flavored juice that it produces it like none other, and that's just the end result! Far more satisfying is the actual act of putting this press to use and witnessing how it performs. See the apples get effortlessly crushed to a pulp as they are dragged through the grinder, then squeezed like you never thought possible under the press. No one will be able to resist giving the pressing screw just another twist: Yes! There is more juice left!

The American Harvester cider and wine press combines the best features of the different mills and presses that were produced during the transition into the 20th century. It’s a double-tub mill featuring a robust 4-leg construction of hard wood and plenty of cast iron, making it perfect for orchards and farmers. It commands a presence wherever it stands.

One big advantage of the American Harvester cider press is its ability to both grind and squeeze at the same time. The grinding unit really reduces the apples to a “pulp like” consistency, allowing for an easier and more efficient “press”. This simultaneous grinding and pressing ability really comes into its own when you have a large amount of apples to get through.

The American Harvester is arguably one of the best presses on the market for producing the most cider from the least amount of apples, and in the shortest amount of time! As an expectation, our experience shows that two people working at a comfortable pace can easily produce 50 gallons of cider in one afternoon.

Worth Noting: The American Harvester features the “Apple Eater” apple grinder, which grinds whole apples with ease. There’s no need to slice or push them down!

*One Year Warranty*: The American Harvester comes with a 1 year warranty from the date of your purchase. If anything requires to be replaced or repaired, the Manufacturer promises to do so free of charge, or a refund may be offered, less return freight costs.

Technical Specifications:

Overall Press Dimensions and Weight: 31W x 36L x 40H (inches), 180 lbs

Frame: The 4 leg construction consists of laminated hardwood, with all joints being dadoed and cross-bolted for extra structural rigidity.

Wood Finish: Please Note: ALL PRESSES COME UNFINISHED! You’ll want to protect it with varnish, lacquer, Poxy Coating or EZ-DO Polyurethane Gel.

Screw: The Acme-threaded press screw measures 1 1/2" in diameter, 22" long, and passes through a heavy cast iron cross arm. Pressure is applied to a reinforced pressing-disc which fits inside the tub. A cast iron foot is attached to the bottom of the screw to distribute the pressure on the pressing-disc. We recommend that a small amount of lubricant is applied to the screw as well as the inside the pressure foot. See our Petrol-Gel Lubricant.

Tubs: The two tubs consist of hardwood and have bevelled staves for easy cleaning. They measure 12” high by 13 ½” in diameter and are banded with heavy steel hoops. The capacity of each tub is about the same as a box of “pulped” apples. 2 juice ranks are also included.

Grinder: The 5 1/2" diameter terpolymer of ABS cylinder features 8 serrated stainless steel knives, and is encased by a specially designed cast iron grinding box. An 18 lb. cast iron flywheel is mounted to the grinding shaft, allowing for smooth, fast and easy operation.


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  1. Great Press 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Sep 11, 2015

    The American Harvester grinder chews the apples up as fast as you can put them in. The press works great as well. After using our 125+ year old press this is really easy and fast.

  2. Very Impressed 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Sep 18, 2014

    The American Harvester is certainly an impressive piece of construction. We've pressed about 20 gallons worth of cider so far and have been very happy with it's performance.

    It would have been quite nice if it came with a set of wheels as standard but those are extra. It's obviously quite heavy and they would make it a bit more portable. Aside from that, no complaints.

  3. Just like Grandpa's cider press 5 Star Review

    Posted by on May 04, 2014

    We ordered an American Harvester Cider Press and just a few days later it was on our doorstep! Assembly was simple and instructions were to the point. Now we wait for the apples to ripen so we can use it.

    My Wife has never used a cider press before and is anxious to use it. As for me, I grew up around one when Grandpa had one on the Blueberry farm. It was always a Family event to make apple cider every fall.

    As kids we use to sell fresh cider right from the farm for $1.00 per gallon. This time, we're keeping it to ourselves!

    Thank you for the AMERICAN HARVESTER. I know it will get lots of use.


    B. & L. T.

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