Hire Equipment

Orchard Link has a range of equipment that members can hire for apple pressing and pasteurising.

Welcome to the 2019 Hire Season!  This page has been reworked for this season, so prospective hirers are advised to read it in full before making a booking; it contains important information and  updated Terms and Conditions of hire.  Please note that for insurance purposes we can only hire equipment to paid up members of Orchard Link. 

If you are not a current OL member, please go to the JOIN ORCHARD LINK page before making a booking.  Hiring without membership significantly adds to the administrative burden of the hiring process, therefore if you make a booking without being a confirmed paid up member at that time, your booking will be cancelled.  If you pay online for such a booking, the fee will be refunded via PayPal less a sum (at least £5) to cover PayPal and other administrative costs.  New members hiring for the first time will be required to provide proof of address before a booking is confirmed.  You will be contacted for this after you have made the booking.

New for 2019: Our booking system can now take multiple equipment day bookings per payment.  Simply select "Add another booking".  The system then goes back to the equipment select page and you run through the booking process again.  The booking system will remember your contact details for successive bookings but you will need to enter the location for each separate element.

The Equipment Available

We have a range of different sized presses for extracting the juice, electric mills (for pulping apples) and pasteurisers (these latter are booked separately from the press equipment kits). These are described on the linked pages below, with instructions for use and hire prices. When you book a press, it is provided as a complete 'kit' with the mill, buckets, etc: a full list of equipment can be found on the links below. You will need to provide a safe electricity supply for the mill (240V supply capable of handling a 2.2Kw load), a good supply of clean water to clean fully the equipment after use, and any smaller items like sieves and funnels for bottling, as well as (of course) your own bottles.

Where Can You Use the Equipment

We only accept hirings where the usage location is in south west Devon between Exeter and Plymouth, including both cities to their limits, bounded by the Exe River to the east, the A30 to the north and the A386 to the west.  A schematic map is here.

Availability - LINK

The above link will take you to a basic calendar of current confirmed and paid for hires to give you an indication of when equipments are not available.  PLEASE NOTE: This is a manually created calendar and may be slightly out of date; the definitive availability is always via the booking page.

How to book the equipment

Once you've read this, scroll down to the very bottom of the page to one of the links below to find out which equipment is best suited to your needs.  From each of those pages, you can follow the “book now” tab on the right side of the page which will take you to our on-line booking system.  This is a booking system run by SimplyBookIt, which manages the whole booking process, including payment and availability management.

If you are hiring on behalf of a Community Orchard or other co-operative group, the named hirer must be a member and be present and supervising the use of the equipment on the hire day for the insurance to be valid.

The “book now” link takes you to a calendar showing the availability of that particular piece of equipment.  Equipment is hired by the day: find a day that is free, select it and you will be led through the booking process. Note that you must make your booking at least two days before you want the equipment, although it may be possible to book inside that date in the event of a cancellation (see T&C below).  If you cannot select the date you want for the equipment you want then that means it is already booked for that day.

At the end, you will be transferred to our PayPal page to make a payment using your debit or credit card or using your existing PayPal account if you have one.  The "Pay Later" option on the booking page is only for large commercial organisations (e.g. the National Trust, Schumacher College) which use purchase orders and thus require an invoice and booking reference number for Orchard Link to gain payment.  If you are an individual or community orchard representative then a booking made using "Pay Later" will be cancelled.

On receipt of your booking, you will receive an automatically generated e-mail message confirming your booking, and providing more information about how to arrange collection of the equipment nearer the time and how to find out who has the equipment before and after you.  It also contains a link if you later need to cancel your hiring (see cancellation terms below). As part of this connecting the hirers, your email, mobile phone number and rough location (as entered on the hire system page) will be available through a hidden calendar  available to only the hirers for that season (Please also see our Privacy Policy).  Please take the time to read this confirmation email thoroughly as it contains the information which answers the most frequent queries raised.

Location, Collection and Return of Equipment

Each hirer will normally collect the equipment from the previous hirer, or from our store at Ugborough, near Ivybridge, depending on where it is after the last hirer. Because of the logistics involved, we are only able to hire equipment out to Orchard Link members in South Devon. Pasteurisers are not included in press kits and they can be booked separately or with a press kit, but the pick-up and collection process is the same.  We expect our hirers to manage the collection, return and transfer of the equipments through good communication with the hirers before and after them.  The booking confirmation emails contain all the information necessary to do this. 

A simple flowchart to guide you can be downloaded here.

An instructional video for the Spiedel Apple Mill is available here





After you have passed on the equipment to the next hirer or back to the store, we would be grateful if you would email Presshire to inform us where the equipment is then located.  Please note that if you have not done so then you will retain responsibility for any subsequent loss or damage until we are next notified of any subsequent handover.


Change of Date or Cancellation

Change of Date: If you simply want to change the date, provided there are more than 7 days to go to the hire date AND you have checked through the booking system that the new date is available for that equipment, then please email Presshire, or leave a voicemail on 0330 043 7846.  As soon as the email or the voicemail is read, the date will be changed if still available.  This will remove the need for a cancellation and rebooking.

Cancellation: If you need to cancel your booking completely, please do so as soon as possible using the cancellation link in the confirmation email.  This will cancel your booking instantly and remove it from the system.  It will maximise your chances of a refund (see below for terms).  If for some reason you cannot do this, then email  your cancellation to Presshire, or leave a voicemail on 0330 043 7846; although these alternative means may incur a slight delay. In both of the latter cases please ensure you include your name, the date of the hire and which equipment is involved.


The presses and the electric mills are completely safe if operated correctly, but could cause injury if misused, therefore the safety instructions must be followed. Hiring members are responsible for ensuring all those using the equipment are fully briefed on its correct operation before use and supervised throughout the hire period. Children in particular should be supervised at all times when using or close to the equipment.

Terms and conditions

Insurance: Orchard Link insurance is only valid if the named hirer is present throughout the period of hire and supervising the safe operation of the equipment at all times and in accordance with the operating instructions (See the Safety section above).  Orchard Link will accept no liability for any damage or injury, however caused, if this condition is not followed.

Cancellation charges: If you cancel a booking within two days of hire start: no refund. Within seven days of hire start: 50% refund (80% if we can re-hire). More than seven days before hire start: 100% refund. Any refunds will be made through PayPal or paid by cheque to your postal address, depending on how you paid.

Care of equipment: Hirers are required to use the equipment strictly in accordance with the instructions provided and to pass it on in clean and operable condition.

Losses and breakages or theft: Hirers must check the equipment on receipt to ensure everything is present and working correctly. If there are any losses, breakages or malfunctions or any equipment is lost through theft, you must notify Orchard Link, the previous and the next hirer straight away. Orchard Link will not accept responsibility for loss of hired equipment time, caused by failure to notify of a known loss, break or malfunction. To be fair to all hirers, in the event of damage or loss caused by misuse, failure to follow the operating instructions, or mistreatment, or if you fail to report a loss or damage you may lose your opportunity to hire the equipment again in the future. You are responsible for the safe custody and reasonable precautions against theft whilst the equipment is in your care.  Our insurance will not cover theft if reasonable precautions are not taken, so you may become liable in such circumstances

As noted on the hire page of the website, you remain the hirer of the equipment until you notify us that you have passed it on to the next hirer or have returned it to the depot.

If you have a query about your booking or the equipment which is not covered by the detail of your confirmation email, you can email Presshire, leave a voicemail on 0330 043 7846 or you can contact us through the website here.