Homesteader Press with Grinder


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*FREE Essentials Kit!* Order this press by September 30th and receive a free kit comprising of 2 pressing bags, EZ-DO Protective Coating and some Petrol-Gel lubricant ($69 Value). This will be everything you need to get up and running with your new press! Available while supplies last.

(Optional) Wood coating service! New for 2023, have us professionally coat your press with food-safe polyurethane wood coating. We poly-coat everything before it is assembled. We coat, let it dry for 48 hours, hand-sand it with 320 grit, paint it again, and hand-sand it one more time with 600 grit. The end result is fantastic! The cost is $450. Please check the box when ordering.

It’s time to start putting all that fruit to good use. If you’ve been inundated with apples this year and are ready to taste some real cider, the Homesteader cider press will see you right. This is a good sized, high quality press that will be as pleasurable to use as the end result will be to drink.

You have the luxury of a high quality grinder with this model, arguably a necessity when dealing with any significant amount of hard fruit. There’s no need to even slice or peel the apples, just throw ’em in whole and see them reduce to pulp in no time! The pulp is tipped directly from the grinder into the tub, ready for pressing. Next, position the pressing blocks in place and begin turning that screw. By now your very own apple cider will begin collecting into the bottom tray and pouring into whatever container you have waiting below. It’s a very satisfying sight to see and one you can look forward to!

The Homesteader is a single-tub press for cider or wine (or indeed other fruit) with the same basic frame and press screw assembly as the double-tub American Harvester. It has been designed specifically as an “all-purpose” fruit press which is capable of grinding and squeezing apples, grapes and other fruits and vegetables!

The Homesteader features the “Apple Eater” grinder attachment, conveniently mounted to the back of the press so that the “pulped” fruit falls directly into the tub for squeezing. However, it is also possible to have this grinder mounted independent of the press, allowing both pressing and grinding to happen at the same time!

Overall, the Homesteader apple press is a well constructed piece of engineering that is capable of producing many a gallon of cider. Get your friends and family involved and spend a social afternoon experiencing the simple pleasure of pressing your own fruit: you won’t go wrong with the Homesteader.

Warranty Information

*One Year Warranty*: Buy with confidence; this press is covered by warranty for 1 whole year after the date of purchase. If your press requires to be repaired or replaced during this time, the Manufacturer promises to do so at no cost. A refund may also be offered less any return freight charges.

Technical Specifications

Overall Press Dimensions and Weight: 31W x 25L x 40H (inches), 156 lbs

Frame: The main frame is made out of hard maple and all joints are dadoed and cross-bolted for added structural support.

Wood Finish: Please Note: THIS PRESS WILL COME UNFINISHED! Prior to use this press will need to be applied with varnish, lacquer, Poxy Coating or EZ-DO Polyurethane Gel to protect the wood. With that in mind, it is advised that you purchase a necessary coating with your order.

Screw: The Acme-threaded screw runs through a heavy cast iron crossarm and measures 1 1/2″ in diameter by 22″ in length. The screw has a cast iron foot attached to its base which helps distribute pressure from the screw onto the pressing-disc inside the bucket. We recommend applying a small amount of lubricant to this pressure foot and also the screw. See our Petrol-Gel Lubricant.

Tub: The hardwood tub features beveled staves so it can be cleaned with ease and measures 12” high by 13 ½” in diameter. It is banded with heavy steel hoops and has the capacity roughly the same as a box of “pulped” apples. 1 juice rank is also included.

Grinder: The included apple grinder consists of a cast iron grinding box that houses a 5 1/2″ hard maple cylinder with 8 serrated stainless steel blades. A 18 lb. cast iron flywheel is then attached to the grinding shaft which produces a smooth and fast grinding motion.

Not for you? Consider another apple cider press for sale.

Additional information

Weight 118 lbs

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Susie McClendon
Cider press

Very nice press, can’t wait to use it!

Maine resident
Grinding rod

The aluminum rod was not rigid enough for the weight of the handle. I replaced it with a steel one and added pillow blocks to reduce friction.

The perfect gift for my dad, he loved it.

The shipping surprisingly came before the expected date, there was a minor issue involving the hardware, a quick email was sent and the issue was ressolved the very next day. Outstanding service

Greg Washburn
1989 Purchase

Hi everyone! I was writing a blog post about cider pressing this morning and was mentioning my HVR cider press kit I purchased in May of 1989. It’s still in mint condition! I treated it with the food grade coating and it has stood the test of time! Always safely stored inside in a dry location it continues to produce quality cider. As I wrote the blog I became curious if the company was still in business. A quick search brought me here! The presses on sale have not changed it appears. Still maple. To anyone who is hesitant to purchase one my advice is simple! Don’t be! Ours has produced hundreds of gallons at this point. We made 75 gallons the first autumn with it! Properly washed,dried,and stored it will last for generations. Ours has earned a place in our rural heritage lifestyle. The memories made with the cider press are priceless! I have done numerous demonstrations over the years . The smiling faces of both children and adults both are all the reward I could ever wish for when I get the opportunity to share it. I think the title of my blog post best describes my feelings about my long ago purchase: Held In Trust. MOONTABS are our memories. We have made many with this wonderfully constructed tool! I will be passing it on to my son who still makes cider with me. Life is filled with small blessings. Making cider together brings families,friends,and people together. This is my honest testimony and the first contact I have made with this company in over 33 years! Sincerely Greg

Cathy Stolarik

Everything worked great. The instructions for putting it together were unreadable and blurry. Thank goodness my husband knew what he was doing or I would have been at a loss.