Motor kit for American Harvester cider press
HVR Staff Response: 01/01/14: We have now upgraded to a 1/2 HP motor and established an inline on/off switch.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) peter parling from Michigan.
Look closely at the motor kit picture.
The four white nylon straps to secure the wooden apple chute are, well, cheesy. We actually kept our original apple chute as it is a (in my opinion) better design.
Look at the nice sealed, light commercial duty on/off switch in the picture. This is NOT what we received. Rather, our kit came with an inline plastic switch like you use on a night stand light. Our switch failed to work during our first cider making get together.
The larger pulley is cheap but does indeed keep the belt in line. I think the engineers specified a very thin pulley so the wooden safety shield (with the pretty apple decal) could cover it up. You must line up the shield very carefully so the belt and pulley do not strike it. Make the most of the two tiny wood screws provided to fix the shield in place...
Finally, the motor. The 1/3 horsepower, 1.35 s.f. (service factor) rating motor gets stuck with more than three apples. Output shaft is rated at 1,750 rpm. With the pulley(s) provided, expect the ground up apples to land--85% of them in the waiting hopper below and 15% in front of the entire press. The grinding speed is too fast. I'm thinking the engineers decided to increase the rpm's to compensate for a underpowered motor.
I vowed to use this kit for the rest of the season, but this winter, I will buy a variable speed 1/2 horsepower motor with a higher s.f. rating. Oh, and I will also purchase an actual sealed on/off switch as well.