i purchased 2 of these tubs for the cider press i was restoring. i would not make the purchase again, for several reasons:
-several of the staves were cracked/splintering
-the staves had not been sanded and were quite rough
-the hoops are too malleable, and the tub is not a perfect circle, which is tricky when designing the press plate
-the staves were not installed at a consistent distance apart, creating some very large gaps, making for a less efficient pressing
-apparently the 12 x 12 tub is not made of hardwood, which was not made very clear on the website. considering it was made of a cheaper, less durable wood, i would've expected to pay less than for the larger, hardwood models
i do not recommend this item
Reviewed by: austen troutt from fairfield, ia.