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Old 09-01-2015, 11:00 PM
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Looks like a great year for my apples and am working on the old cider press.

I have been searching for a used grinder and just missed a nice one at a 4H auction this summer.

Has anyone made their own? There are some nice plans in Mother Earth news but no time for that this fall, maybe a winter project. I've seen some references to people making them out of sink food disposal grinders.

My current method works but is tedious. 5-gal food grade bucket and mashing things with the old 20-lb sledge hammer. By the end of the day feels like you've split a cord of wood.
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:30 PM
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After working a good sized pile of wind falls I was given, I got to thinking and looked into this a little... If I were faced with needing this kind of equipment, and minimum time to build or no money to buy... I would use about a 1/2 HP meat grinder I can barrow.. And use a stainless steel modified stock pot in a shop bearing press with hard wood blocks cut to size for spacers... Maybe not the best choices, or the most efficient, but useful on the cheap..

Doing a Google of homemade equipment.. It looks as most cider grinders mince/shred the apple rather than grind.. The one made out of the sink garbage grinder looks to be a good idea to me..

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Old 09-04-2015, 01:41 AM
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I found a nice setup on youtube using a laundry sink and garbage disposal.

Total cost was less than $100.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDlhPwo4pP4

I might go this route but get a dual tub with a faucet. Plumb the faucet into a garden hose. Would be handy for cleaning produce on the sink side.
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