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Log splitter apple cider press conversion?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by lukem, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    OK..so what would be the best way to do this?

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  2. smokinj

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    What about a cast iron cylinder with a spicket use the same head and use a round that fits the cylinder. With something to keep the round from splitting? And you would need to be up higher to drain. Maybe a set of car ramps. I have one of these and that's where the idea is around. The whole top comes off.



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  3. lukem

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    That would work.... Might be able to use the existing pusher plate instead of a round. I don't have one of those though...:(
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    There a pain in the azz to use them like that. Last year we done about 10 gallons with it. Never again and its worth a shot.
  5. lukem

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    Ditch the wheel...weld on a nut....1/2" pneumatic impact wrench. Bang.

    Edit..heck it already has a nut on there. You're in business.
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    lol, now that could be a winner!
  7. lukem

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    Definitely worth a try...might need a 3/4" impact...but if that wheel is 12" and you are putting full whammy on it by hand I doubt you're getting much more than 150 ftlbs of torque...which should be no sweat for a 1/2" wrench.

    I don't have one of those...what do I do?
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    Maybe a large metal pipe treaded, cap one end and drill a spicket and use a 5 lb barbell for a top plate? I think I will still try the log splitter first should be a lot less effort for it.

    Even the right cast iron pot may do the trick. Maybe even cutting down an oxygen tank something like that.
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    my take on this,
    1) if you use an impact, the threads are not made for that, they will strip, you need an acme thread (roadrunner and coyote beep beep)
    2) the threaded rod brackets are cast, the impact will compress faster than the apples will squish (technical term) overloading the casting and cracking it
    3) the reason it works by hand is you have to stop and regrip, allowing the apples to compress without overloading the castings.
    4) you need a low speed gearbox to apply a SLOW steady force so the apples can squish out the juices and not overload the castings

    I think the log splitter idea will work using a little caution, replace the wedge with a "x" diameter steel plate and squish them apples
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    All good points. What if you gave it a couple short burst several seconds apart?
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    I kind of thought that about the cast. At-least mine its over 100 years old. Lower that ram slow should work really well. (Still a darn good thought outside the box);)
  12. nate379

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    I'd imagine home building one out of a piece of 10-12" sch 40 and than a round pusher tied into the cylinder of the splitter would work.
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    I think the sch 40 would crack?
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    I might be able to get my hands on some 6" sched 80 cut-offs...hmm.
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    Free its darn sure with a shot........
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    I think you'd have to put some serious pressure on it to crack it. I don't know what kind of pressure an apple press needs, but I'd guess if that hand crank model works it's not anything too crazy.... ie... don't get the splitter into 1st stage on the pump and sit there for 10 mins letting it press the apples! :eek:

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    Just remember, it is still best to use everything food grade. Remember that you will be pouring this juice into your stomach.
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    Yea, you just really blow the whole thing out of the water with that press of yours. I really can see it setting in the dinning room. With the old cast iron one.
  19. nate379

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    Eh, wipe it off with a semi clean rag and you'll be all good. If it doesn't kill you it only makes you tougher :eek:

    Perhaps a piece of stainless or aluminum for the pipe and pusher? I'd imagine less chance of junk other than consumables getting into the jug.

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    I don't worry to much about it, but after seeing what Dennis made it makes me want one. In a couple years I will have a surplus and be nice to be able to sell off some. With that said and really no money out of pocket to use the spliter it may be the way to get me out of this year. (But not long term)
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    We use a hand presser similar to the OP's, run by hand. We do pasteurize the cider, and it doesn't affect the taste.
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    I don't think I'd want to go through 3-5 bushels of apples with that little fella. It would take forever.

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