thanks for the input....that was one of the ones i was looking at because they have the crusher/press combo for like 365 or something like that....but after seeing your remark..i think i will go for the floor standing unit.I bought one from E C Kraus for just under $200. It works, but it is not great. The "tray" is the oak base, and the juice tends to flow back under the base as you press. Also, there is no easy way to press easily into a bucket. I have to create a make-shift stand out of blocks of wood or styrofoam. And it is small so it requires quite a few pressings. It can also be hard to control as the plate (the part that presses down on the grapes) can can get all cockeyed, thus making it hard to get a nice press.
So if it is all you can afford, and you are pressing under 100 lbs of grapes, it can do the job. It is well made, has held up very well, and is pretty easy to clean. I have had mine for a year. I think I have used it 4 or 5 times for both grapes and apples. I plan on getting a better/bigger one in the next year.
wade you always impress me with your building skills.Yea, it was a quickie. I should redo it in white oak soon, I hate to build something unproven very nice the first time Ill use all the same hardware with the exception of the copper strapping, that will be a heavier duty Stainless steel nexr time and like I said earlier ill use White oak and make the legs a little tealler so a normal primary bucket can fit under there, right now only a 5 gallon bucket can fit. Not sure what I want to use for the very bottom next time, right now it is oak veneered luan. im thinking maybe a plexi bottom.
Great job Wade !!!I have a medium sized press and would never go any smaller my self cause its amazing how fast it fills up when adding fruit. Mine is about a 20 liter size.