I have been involved with an applecider booth at a church charity auction since I was a kid. My Grandfather started the booth with a press that he built. It was the kind where you grind and press in one place without moving the bucket. It worked, but not well. After he moved away, we used a friend's presses that allow you to move the bucket forward to press after grinding. These work better, but he has hot-rodded them with bigger motors and pumps to automatically suck away the cider. His mods have made them work worse and now he is talking about getting out of it. I'm in a place now where I can buy one, but I want to buy one that will last so I only have to buy it once. What brands should I be looking at? What bells and whistles are worth getting? I need one with an electric grinder as we have to grind 200 gallons in 24 hours, but a hand crank option would be cool. From experience, I like the kind with two positions for the bucket (separate positions for grinding and pressing). Any other tips? Thanks.
I own one, and it is fantastic in every way. I use it to grind cabbage for saurkraut, in addition to making apple, pear, and grape juice.
Only drawback is that they are so popular that you may have to wait a few months to get one. Nevertheless, great product.