Rack & Cloth Screw 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 and cloth apple and fruit and cider press

Price: £695.00

Delivery charge £5 on this item (geographical restrictions & conditions apply). This item is a Large Item. See Delivery.

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We recommend using an electric Mill (available separately), mill the apples. Swing the hinged cross beam off the press. Place an acacia rack on the juice tray and position the former on the rack. Drape a cloth over the former and fill the cloth with crushed apples (2" deep). Fold the edges of the cloth into the centre. Remove the former and place an acacia rack on top of the cloth, and repeat this process until you have several layers - known as a 'cheese'. There is no need to place an acacia rack on top of the final cheese.

Place the heavy wooden pressure/bearing block on top of the 'cheese', lining the screw up with metal bearing. Place the handle in the slot and use the ratchet mechanism to lower the pressure plate. The thin layers of pomace allow the juice to flow laterally to give a quick and high yield of juice. 2 buckets of at least 27.5 litre capacity will be needed to catch 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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