Hugh J McGinley
Our first batch if cider this year, (6) gallons, took 3 days using a food processor to shred the apples prior to pressing. When we gat the fruit crusher we were able to make a second batch (5) gallons in about 4 hours. We could not believe how quickly we worked through the second batch. S true time and labor saver. The cider is brewing and should be ready shortly. 5%ABV.
Good for small batch pressings
This item is a fast improvement over my previous method of smashing apples in a bucket with a log. But it could do with a few improvements. If you are grinding apples you will only be able to use it in 1/4 turns using a lot of force. I am not sure that the handle will be able to survive a large pressing or many years of use. Time will tell. However, it does make quick work of apples despite this. We were able to fill a 5 gal bucket in about 10 mins maybe. And pressed 27 gals of cider. Love that it is all stainless and is easily cleaned and hosed out. It would probably get thru ripe pears very easily, but like I said, I bought this for use with apples. You will need to mount this to an incredibly sturdy/ heavy table for grinding apples. Not quite as industrial as I had hoped, but def does the trick for a small home cider pressing.