Rack & Cloth Screw Fruit Press - Vigo Presses Ltd
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Rack & Cloth Screw Fruit Press - 91307

This apple press is at the top end of our hobby range and the start of our commercial range, and replicates the action of a traditional 'pack' press.

  • When used with apples and pears, this press is only truly effective when the fruit has been finely milled using the Fruit Shark Megalodon 2.5kW or the Vigo Stainless Steel 1.5kW Apple Mill. It maximises juice yield (yields as high as 70-75% by weight) and is excellent for the enthusiastic amateur who wants to product large quantities of juice or cider, or co-operative cider making groups.
  • Capacity: 40 kg / 88 lbs of milled apples, which by carrying out 3 pressings per hour, will give an daily juice yield of up to 450 litres / 100 gallons of juice, depending on the variety and ripeness of fruit.
  • In place of a slatted wooden cage of the smaller presses, there is a series of wooden boards (racks) and cloths, a pressing system used by many commercial cider and juice makers.
  • The crushed apples are wrapped in the strong open-weave cloths and the packs are sandwiched between the boards.
  • The screw is fitted with a ratchet mechanism for ease of use and the press applies up to 12 tonnes of pressure.

Rack & Cloth Screw Fruit Press

Price: £700.00

Free delivery on this item - geographical restrictions & conditions apply, see Delivery. For Eire & the Channel Islands, this item is a Large Item - see Delivery for charges.

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  • Crush or mill your apples. We recommend using an electric mill as the pomace will be the perfect consistency for pressing. It’s much quicker too! See our own apple mill or the top of the range Speidel mill, which can process up to 500kg and 1 ton of apples per hour respectively!
  • You will now need to make what is known as a ‘cheese’ using the acacia racks, cloths and cheese form supplied. To do this, place an acacia rack in the juice tray and the form on top of the rack. Line it with a cloth, fill with pomace and then fold the edges of the cloth over to make the first layer. You can now repeat this up to 6 times for the 6 racks supplied.
  • Place the wooden pressure plate/bearing block on top of the cheese and line the screw up with the metal bearing.
  • Now use the ratchet mechanism to lower the pressure plate. This will compress the cheese, allowing the juice to flow laterally, giving a quick and high yield.
  • Don’t forget to place a sufficiently sized bucket under the spout in the juice tray to catch the juice! You will need 2 buckets with a minimum capacity of at least 27.5 litres to catch all of the juice.

Easy to clean, simply hose down with fresh water after use and dry with a clean cloth. Lubricate the non-food contact metal parts with food grade grease; this will also inhibit corrosion of these parts. Store in a clean, dry place.

  • Welded steel frame protected by a tough baked-on polyester coating, meeting British/EU safety standard EN71 toy standard
  • Supplied with 6 slatted, riveted acacia racks, 6 press cloths (machine washable)and a pomace scoop
  • Free standing heavy beech pressure plate with handles upon which a wooden block with metal bearing rests
  • All wood from sustainable forest plantations, seasoned and coated with food-compatible varnish
  • Screw fitted with ratchet mechanism for ease of use, which operates through the hinged lockable beam
  • Stainless steel juice tray with outlet spout
  • The frame feet have boltholes to enable the press to be fixed to a stand at a convenient height for pressing and juice collection
  • Basic Cider & Juice Making booklet by Alex Hill
  • A free tub of food grade grease is supplied with this press
  • Height: 113cm / 44½"
  • Width: 54cm / 21¼"
  • Weight: 63 kg / 139 lbs

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