great machine - well built
I got this as a xmas gift for myself this year. shipped quickly and arrived in several large boxes. followed the advice online and in the manual to apply the ez-do urethane before assembly. one can pretty much covers all the surfaces with a little to spare. urethane is not too strong - did it indoors with moderate ventilation around kids and pets.
ground about 100 pounds of apples to get 4-5 gallon. used a mix of fuji, golden delicious and red delicious apples from a local farmer/friend. for small batches I don't see the point of a motorized wheel as the flywheel spins the chipper fast and easy and made quick work of the apples. probably about 25 pounds of apples to a binful. hand pressure gets you about 80-90% of the way down, only using a handle to squeeze that last 10%. followed the recs and did not "overdo" the tension as it seemed the flow of juice gets down to a dribble at that point anyway.
have to tilt the unit a bit forward to get the juice to flow cleanly from the pan - at a slow trickle it tended to dribble back away from the bucket I used. also, put the unit up on "stilts" with some bricks so I could squeeze into a 5 gallon bucket.
this unit is HEAVY - my twin sons helped me move it off the porch so I could hose it off - cleanup was easy. the mesh bags seem durable and good - highly recommend. I am online now to order the wheel kit, as I think I would like the option of moving it around myself.
my carpenter neighbor was admiring the muti-ply birchwood used to mount the grinding apparatus - said it is top notch stuff.
this is a great purchase and the perfect size for the hobby/enthusiast. if you are looking for commercial scale production, this would probably be too slow, that being said, I squeezed almost 10 gallons of cider - 5 for fermentation and 5 to consume.
Reviewed by: jaan naktin from center valley PA.