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#1 petrj6 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:06 PM

   As some of you know I have been working on my new sugar house and trying to get things together before snow, well I also have an 1800 cider mill I want to put in the sugar house. I have had this thing for 2 years now and am exited to get it in where I can begin to refurbish it and use it next year for cider.  well I got it out of the basement of a friends barn after  a flood and it was complete  minus the press screw, they had removed it in leu of using a hydraulic jack for pressing the apples.

    The other day I got a line on some oak boards for my 4 wheel wagon, when I was down looking at the lumber I got to chatting with the guy and he said he had an old rotted press there he would like to sell before he moved. measured it up and the screw is the same, chatted for a few more mins settled on a price and I brought it home.  what do you suppose the odds are that I would find a screw from an 1800's press that would fit mine rite here in town. :thumbs: good deal.

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Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:16 PM

Wow, you must be living right.  That's awesome!  Can't wait to see this thing all done and pressing apples.

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Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:30 PM

People who don't know any better call this a coincidence.

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Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:35 PM

It happens, the same thing happened tome with my Farmall C, needed a 12v generator/alternator found one at a sale for $6.

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Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:50 PM

That's going to be nice when it's finished.

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Posted November 05, 2014 - 09:51 PM

I remember grinding and pressing apples for cider with a cousin of my dads when I was just a kid. Had a great time. Cider was awesome. Nice score. Will be looking forward to the progress on it.                                                                                                                                                    Roger

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Posted November 06, 2014 - 05:40 AM

That was a great find, for sure!! Yum... I can smell/taste the cider now!

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Posted November 06, 2014 - 05:50 AM

   The pics are of the press I picked up, mine is allot bigger and has a grinder on top of it, I can get pics of my press when I get it out, hopefully this weekend can get it moved into my sugar house.


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Posted November 06, 2014 - 06:05 AM

That would be neat, are you thinking of planting apple trees ?

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Posted November 06, 2014 - 06:07 AM

Glad you found the press screw! Guess this means you will supply all of us with some cider next year!


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Posted November 06, 2014 - 07:46 AM

If I were you I would run right out and buy a lottery ticket luck like that does not come along often Pete.



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Posted November 06, 2014 - 09:02 AM

Always make sure your cider sits and don't drink it green (when you first make it) it will instantly make you sick, believe me don't drink it green :toilethead:  :(

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Posted November 06, 2014 - 11:05 AM

You can still buy the same machine or any of the parts (bags, buckets, grinder) for your Cider Press at  www.HappyValleyRanch.com .
I also have their Cider Press, same great quality as it was 125 years ago, but the wood doesn't hold up forever.  It's a lot of fun to make cider, attracts everyone to watch & help, and actually the apples that have fallen onto the ground make the best tasting Cider, they fall on their own when they are fully ripe.
I got a new press like yours 35+ years ago, with a grinder, it's still looks like new, but I must oil the wood every year.
The company uses the same old wooden originals to make the sand molds to cast the metal parts today,
located in Paola, Kansas. 

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Posted November 06, 2014 - 04:57 PM

    I have never heard that about drinking green cider, good to know.  Trowel- I already have a few apple trees planted and I know lots of people with free apples, lots of the people I till gardens for in the spring have apples in the fall all I have to do is go get them.  The pic is close to what I have, mine is from the late 1800's and much more ornate. I need to rebuild the apple grinder hopper and some other stuff with red oak. 


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