Happy Valley Ranch - Cider Presses
Homesteader Motor Kit
Motor Kit

Homesteader Motor Kit

Your Price: $375.00
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Part Number:MKHS

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Model of Homesteader Press
Made Between 2006 & 2013
Made 2014 & Newer
Operate your press with ease with this new complete motor kit ready to install. 

  • New backboard (for the 2013 and before)
  • 1/2 HP Motor, Pulleys & belt w/guard
  • Pillow block bearings w/spacers
  • Motor Safety Hopper
  • All required mounting 

Presses before 2006 can use this kit but you will need to make modifications: 
1. Your back board will have to be drilled to fit the bearing mounting holes.
2. Some of our older grinder drums may not work with our new motor kits. To check, your grinder shaft must protrude at least 3 inches out on the non-flywheel side and 6 inches on the flywheel side (measuring the exposed shaft). If you have one of our older grinders without the right length shaft, please contact us for a discounted new grinder drum assembly. 
3. You may need to purchase another length of V-Belt.
4. If you have another manufacturer's grinder, the kit is designed for a 3/4'' shaft and the end of it must extend beyond the the end of the mounted motor shaft.
5 Stars
Motor Kit
I bought the motor kit nearly two years ago after my first harvest. After processing about 400 lbs I was not looking forward to another season of cranking that handle by myself. Last year was a poor crop, so no harvest. I just installed the motor for this year. After turning it on and seeing how it runs, I can't wait to use it. Te instructions were ample but more detailed pictures would have been helpful. I was hoping to find a youtube video on how to install, but it did not exist either. My unit was pre2013 so I had to drill hole in the legs for the motor mount. To insure the holes were right and straight, I first made a template (with holes drilled in it) on a 2x4 then clamped it in place on the leg. Going through the predrilled holes in the 2x4 helped to keep the drill straight. The only modification I needed to make was with the belt guard.I had to make the openings wider so the pulley and shaft fit better. Like I said I can't wait to use this baby, it's going to make life so much easier when grinding by myself.
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Reviewed by:  from Edinboro, Pa. on 8/12/2015
5 Stars
CFO L.G.Garsh and Associates
Aside from the fact that we have an absolute IDIOT as a State Senator, the electric motor kit is absolutely wonderful!!!! This press and electric motor kit is a must....it's the finest press available as I've used it now for 4 years, two with the electric motor kit and I couldn't be without either.
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Reviewed by:  from Vermont. on 10/14/2015
5 Stars
Excellent. Everything fit well and was easy to assemble.
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Reviewed by:  from Newcastle ME. on 9/28/2015
5 Stars
I bought the hardware and built it myself. Turned out great. I have really enjoyed it.the plans were pretty good. Just ordered the motor kit for it and it is much easier and enjoyable to use. The instructions could of been alittle better for the motor kit. Maybe a few more pics. Thank guys.
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Reviewed by:  from Idaho falls, idaho. on 8/30/2015
4 Stars
Motor review
I bought the motor for my husband after a couple of days of pressing apples the hard way, and our backs and shoulders hurting. The box was well-packed but is naturally very heavy. All the parts were present, but the instructions were a little vague in spots. Better pictures would have helped. Had to adjust the motor mount holes and do some jerry-rigging to get the motor belt to fit properly. Also did not use the hopper because the mounts did not work with our grinder. Note that the apple pieces just fly out of the grinder with the motor, and will fly over the top of the basket and grinder top. Am generally very pleased with the product once we got it put together!
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Reviewed by:  from VA. on 11/19/2014

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