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American Harvester Cider Press & Grinder
American Harvester - The Preferred Press of Martha Stewart!

American Harvester Cider Press & Grinder

Your Price: $995.00
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Part Number:GPAHCP
  • Wood Parts:Maple, Oak, & Baltic Birch Plywood
  • Metal Parts:Cast Iron

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The Preferred Press of Martha Stewart!

The American Harvester Cider Mill and Wine Press is a combination of the best features found in different mills and presses manufactured around the turn of the 20th century. By the early 1900s, the double-tub model cider mill was by far the most popular. The rugged 4-leg construction utilizing good hard wood and large amounts of cast iron make this unit appealing to farmers and orchards, as well as individual households. It is designed to last a lifetime and beyond. A perfect Hand-Me-Down. See the 'Essentials Kit' or the 'Complete Package' for other items that are needed.

The American Harvester mill has an advantage in design that allows both the grinding and squeezing to take place at the same time. Also, the "Apple Eater" grinding unit on the American Harvester reduces apples to a "pulp like" consistency which allows a more efficient "press".

In short, the American Harvester will produce the most cider from the least amount of apples in the shortest amount of time... better than any hand operated unit on the market!

Our experience shows that two people working at a comfortable pace can easily grind and squeeze 50 gallons of cider in an afternoon.


The "Apple Eater" grinder on the American Harvester grinds whole apples with ease. You do not have to slice or push them down! 

Technical Specifications:

  • FRAME: The four leg construction is of rugged laminated hardwood. All joints are dadoed and cross-bolted for full structural rigidity.

  • WOOD FINISH: ALL PRESSES COME UNFINISHED! You will need to protect it with varnish, lacquer, or EZ-DO Polyurethane Gel.

  • SCREW: The Acme-threaded press screw is solid 1 1/2" in diameter, 22" long, and passes through a heavy cast iron cross-arm. Pressure is applied to a reinforced pressing-disc which fits inside the tub. Attached to the bottom of the screw is a cast iron foot which distributes the pressure to the pressing-disc. It is suggested that you apply a small amount of lubricant to the screw as well as the inside the pressure foot. See our Petro-Gel Lubricant.

  • TUBS: The two hardwood tub have beveled staves for easy cleaning, are 12” high, 13 1/2” in diameter, and is banded with heavy steel hoops. The capacity of each tub is equivalent to a box of "pulped" apples. Two juice racks, which allows for the easy flow of juice, included with each American Harvester.

  • GRINDER: The 5 1/2" diameter cylinder has 8 serrated stainless steel knives which are designed to allow the seeds and stem to pass without grinding. A specially designed cast iron grinding box. Operation is made smooth, fast and easy by the use of an 18 lb. cast iron flywheel attached to the grinding shaft. Once moving it takes little effort to maintain a smooth grinding speed.
  • Finished Dimensions: Width(across the front): 31'' x Length (tray): 36'' x Height (floor to top of Acme Screw in the down position): 40''   Weight: 180 lbs


You can obtain a Brass Nameplate for FREE when ordering this complete press! Complete the form above. (Suggestion: Name on line 1 and date on line 2) Be advised that 20 characters per line including spaces will give you the best look with our engraving.

1 Stars
Rather Poor
This press is poorly designed. We press hard, and this press just couldn't take it. The bottom tray cracked, so the nose (where the cider comes out) was tipping down. We cut some 2x2s to fit the tray, and that worked well, until the threads in the yoke stripped out. I'm serious, we had cast iron coming out of the top of the yoke (where the screw goes in). As horrifying as that was, it was also quite revealing: the threads inside the yoke were barely 2 mm deep. The grinder also doesn't work very well, both clogging and passing through large bits of apple. Stock, this is essentially a novelty item.

Happy Valley Ranch response:
Our presses are not made for commercial use. We do state within the manual; "Turn the screw and press the fruit SLOWLY." and "Turn the screw until the juice begins to flow and when the pressure has been released, tighten the screw another ½ turn. Keep repeating this process until a dry cake has settled at the bottom of your tub. DO NOT apply to much pressure at the bottom or damage to your press could occur." We fully stand behind our presses for normal family use and hope everyone has fun and enjoys the juice.
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Reviewed by:  from Newburgh, Maine. on 9/11/2014
5 Stars
We highly recommend this press...
We purchased this press 8 years ago. Since then, at apple harvest time, we have made an average of 60 gallons of cider per year. After our first year of turning the grinder, we found a small motor and hooked it up to the grinder, which makes the process much easier. It takes about a day from start to finish because you can't overfill the hopper, and you need to pause between turns on the press. 'Cider-fest', as my kid's dubbed the event, is a family day that everyone looks forward to each year. We have also pressed peaches and grapes in it, but we feel we get the most juice using it with apples.
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Reviewed by:  from Door County, Wisconsin. on 10/8/2014
5 Stars
small farm
I bought the American Harvester cider press for my wife's birthday. When It came, one leg had a split along one side. I sent some pictures and they sent a new leg rite away. Very good customer service. Some reviews complained about having to seal the wood and not coming presealed. Some people do not want their press sealed. It does tale a lot of time and some finish sanding to seal the press properly. So give yourself extra time before you need to use it. I decided to finish it with pure toung oil. This was a two month process to get it to cure properly. I also had to do a little extra trimming on it to get a better fit and replaced the fasteners with stainless ones. We used it last fall with a verity of apples. Made 5 gallons of hard cider and 11 gallons of fresh cider that we froze. Had a lot of fun using it and worked flawlessly. I would reccomend this press if you can afford it, very quickly processes a lot of apples.
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Reviewed by:  from NorthWest Wa.. on 2/4/2015
4 Stars
Nice Press
My wife and I saw this press at the Common Ground Fair in Maine and liked the look of it and how much fun everybody was having using it. We ordered one this year and love it. The assembly took two people but was not very difficult. We used the EZ-DO coating and were surprised at both how this it was and how far it went when applying. It provides a good coating although it was difficult to get between all of the slats. When the apples ripened and we were able to start pressing we were happy with the results. The apples were broken up pretty well by the grinder/crusher and pressed well. We made around 12 gallons of cider during out first time using the cider press.
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Reviewed by:  from Wilton Maine. on 10/3/2014
5 Stars
chief financial officer
What a gorgeous cider press! Beautifully crafted with detail and quality. Looking forward to trying it out when apple season arrives.
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Reviewed by:  from Missouri. on 12/4/2013

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