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Apple Cider “Grinder” Made From Garbage Disposal
“My girlfriend and I wanted to make our own cider, but we had no way to grind up the apples before pressing. We ended up using a 1 hp WasteKing 8000 electric-operated garbage disposal, mounted inside a wooden stand,” says Connor Bishop, Guilford, Ct.
  According to Bishop, the garbage disposal works great “because it has all stainless steel internals and can mash the apples to an apple sauce-like consistency that’s perfect for efficient juice removal. It’s also equipped with a circuit breaker that trips in case of an overload.”
  He made the stand from 1-in. thick pine boards and 2-in. sq. legs, topping them off with several thick coats of paint to cover any cracks and joints in order to keep the stand clean. A stainless steel bowl with a large hole cut into the bottom is used to funnel apples into the disposal.
  He wired the disposal to a switch that he mounted on one side of the stand. He waterproofed the switch with silicone so the machine can be safely washed down.
  To help force-feed apples into the disposal, he uses a “plunger” that came with the unit and he also made a wooden “rammer”, which has a rod inserted in it crosswise, as a stop. “The rammer is smaller in diameter than the plunger, so it can force apples all the way down to the disposal’s grinder wheel without contacting it,” says Bishop.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Connor Bishop, 400 Moose Hill Rd., Guilford, Ct. 06437 (ph 203 313-5362).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3