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Yates Cider Mill - Mechanics
26" Leffel Turbine Powers the Cider Press
It works below the water line. What you see here is the main drive shaft from the turbine.
Above you see the main line shaft that powers the Dunning Boschert 1901 Cider Press.
You can see the pulleys whirling. The belts are attached to other pulleys and gears.
There are four large screws that push against the press with 50 tons of pressure.
Running the Cider Press today is Matt Elenbaas, nephew of the Yates Cider Mill owner, Mike Titus.

This is the Press Table. You are seeing one of the two stainless steel table/trays.
This one is empty and ready to go.
We got here early this morning (September 2013) to see the entire historic cider press proces
from the beginning to end.

There is a large white indicator that shows the ton pressure.
You will watch the white lever move as the pressure increases.
Above shows the apples ready to be pressed.
The last photograph of this series you will see how much cider has been extracted.
Chopped and ground apples are placed inside these folded blankets.
Here the press is squeezing the cider out of the apples.
The pressure on the apples at this point is almost 30 tons.
The Cider Press has met the 50 ton limit and Matt will start to release the screws.
All the pressure has been released and all that is left is the flattened blankets.
View the following menu to learn how the apples become cider.


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