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Fruit, Cider, Wine Mill Press
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Jul 06, 2012 06:32:02 PDT
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Chandler, Arizona, United States


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Latest Improved

Buckeye Latest Improved Cider & Wine Mill

Patents 1855, 1864, 1865, 1866


Here is perhaps the biggest and best of all vintage cider presses.  This extremely rare and complete Buckeye cider press from the Thomas & Mast Co. of Springfield Ohio is the IMPROVED LATEST version from perhaps the most popular manufacturer over the past 150 years.   This piece originally came from a family farm in southern Indiana where it made cider for the family for generations.  This Latest Improved press made by Thomas & Mast was the largest of the series and is massive in its construction.   This features the classic high ratio between the two shredding cylinders, a very large flywheel and a huge cross-beam with a press screw of two inch diameter.  Just to get a feel for the size and bulk of this piece imagine the cast cross-beam weighing 85 pounds and the press screw weighing another 56 pounds!  While this press employs many of the classic twin barrel design features, it has employed a rather unique square frame for added stability.  The juice tray is also interesting in that it is easily removable (it is automatically centered in the frame by cleats attached to the bottom of the tray) and fits into the square frame of the press.  The frame features six horizontal members supporting the four main legs and four additional cross members supporting the grinding section.  All of these pieces are of mortise and tenon construction.  Horizontal threaded steel rods provide additional bracing from front to rear of the frame.  In the grinder section there are also the standard bearing shifting screws to set the desired shredding gap (as well as gear mesh between the flywheel shaft and the crank shaft).   There is an additional outboard bearing to support the flywheel shaft.   There are also great examples of the level of lettering detail in both the grinder section as well as the press cross-beam castings these details have been highlighted in gold.

The main press ACME screw and cast cross-member show virtually NO pitting or wear, indicating remarkable condition for a piece of this age.  There has been one professional weld repair made to the upper grinder drum in the crusher section where the thin casting had deteriorated the drum was replaced.

This press could easily be fitted with an electric motor and belt for even greater ease of use and throughput.

The piece features all new, solid ash and oak restoration using, in places, real worm channeled wood.  The wooden parts include four main legs, six horizontal frame members, a four-piece main deck, compound mitered hopper, juice tray, two barrels, two trivets, press plate, screw lever arm and even a custom-turned crank knob.  Circular wooden floor protectors have been added at the base of each leg to avoid chipping at the bottoms of each leg when moving the piece.   The metal parts have been sand blasted primed and painted in dark bronze, hammered-finish enamel with added gold highlights.

The press is complete and functional.  This monster of the past would serve well as a production piece or as a museum quality restoration display piece.

I am not sure of its age but the latest patent is 1866 so it is not older than 146 years.


The wooden parts feature:

·               Main front legs routed and shaped of solid ash per originals measuring 5¾” x 3½”  x 49” high

·               Main rear legs of solid ash measuring 3½” x 2¾” x 41” high

·               Six horizontal support members of solid ash measuring 1½” x 3” x 22” long

·               Four horizontal support members for the grinder section measuring 1½” x 3””up to 22” long

·               Hopper of solid ash measuring 19” long x 13¾” wide x 8” deep of compound miter construction

·               Juice tray of solid ash measuring 19” Wide x 44” long and a full 1” thick with 3” skirt material

·               Two barrels of red oak (containing a total of 62 staves) measuring 16½” outer diameter and 14” high

·               Two trivets of white oak measuring 16½” square x 1½” thick consisting of 14 top level slats and three perpendicular lower supports of all screwed construction

·               The press plate of solid ash is 13½” in diameter x 3” thick

·               Lever arm of solid ash measuring 2¼” square x 41” long


All critical parts such as the perimeter trim of the juice tray and press plate have been glued with waterproof polyurethane glue for superior strength.  All wood has been finished in a hand rubbed dark mahogany stain and topped with a clear semi-gloss polyurethane varnish.

Hardware such as bolts is authentic square head with square nuts.


The overall dimensions are as follows 39” deep, 52” high and 44” long.

The overall weight of this press is approximately 475 pounds.

Shipping is local pickup or buyer pays to have the item crated by a freight/packing/crating service and shipped.

See a copy of the appraisal in the attached pictures.

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