Hire Equipment

All hiring has now ended for the Season due to lockdown.  Please do not attempt to hire.

Welcome to the 2020 Hiring Season

We have been preparing for the 2020 hire season while watching the COVID restrictions as they unfold.  The Committee is content to plan for a Hire Season and bookings may now be made online.  9 Sep: With the imminent imposition of a hard social gathering ceiling of 6, it is incumbent on all of us to revisit plans we may already have made.

Managing COVID risks:

  • As always, the preparation, risk assessment and safe operation of the equipment throughout the period of the hire remains the responsibility of the named hirer on the booking.
  • It is impossible for us to predict what the restrictions might be in the season September to November.  Similarly, we cannot mandate a series of rules to make your event safe; only you can do that.
  • All hirers must ensure they have thought through what is necessary to adapt, according to their circumstances, to abide by the restrictions in force at the time of hire and minimise the risk of COVID transmission as a result of their activity.
  • As always, equipment should be cleaned after the hire to the standard you would expect to receive it; we expect hirers to be particularly aware and thoughtful about those who follow in this regard this year.
  • As restrictions may rise and fall with little notice we will use discretion in applying the terms and conditions in the event of forced cancellations due to COVID restriction changes.

General Introduction to 2020

Our equipment is described below along with Instructions, Equipment lists and other vital information for ALL hirers, old and new.  Please note, each press now comes with a pasteuriser. Only book a separate Pasteuriser if you need two.

If you are new to hiring from us, please read the “how to hire” link which is a section repeated under each equipment below. There are some changes since last year, so we encourage all our hirers to read before the season starts. You need to be logged in to go beyond this page using the two buttons below, either to make a booking or view the availability calendar (as the latter displays all current hirer information it is only available to logged in members).

When making a booking, you mustcomplete the payment within 15 minutes or the booking has not been made.

If you have not received a confirmation email you have not made a booking.

(please note that we are not resourced to answer individual queries during the busy season and have ensured the available information between the website and the hire confirmation email is comprehensive , so we will ignore routine process queries where the answer is available. If you don’t get a response to a query, please re-read the information.)

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Oak Apple Press

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This is a large and very heavy press, which comes on its own trailer and needs several people to unload. It is mainly suitable for community events where there are enough people to unload and set it up. Production is around 2-3 times that of the metal press.

The press comes with a Spiedel Electrical Mill, please read the instructions for the press and the mill together (downloadable below). We have produced a safety and operating video for the mill which you can watch in the YouTube window below. It also comes with an electric pasteuriser which holds 13 wine bottles at a time, suitable for pasteurising your juice.

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Metal Apple Press

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This metal press consists of a heavy steel frame on which five ‘cheeses’ of apple pomace wrapped in clothes are sandwiched between slatted boards. It will typically press 30-40 kg of fruit (resulting in 20-25 litres of juice) per pressing, and you might expect to do around 3 pressings per hour. The Press’ dimensions are approx 113 cm x 54 cm x 71 cm (weight 63 kg) and together with the mill and buckets you can just squeeze it into the back of a large estate car.

Orchard Link uses this press for its Pressing Days and Farmers Market events, and it is the most popular with members, booking up early.

The press comes with a Spiedel Electrical Mill, please read the instructions for the press and the mill together (downloadable below). We have produced a safety and operating video for the mill which you can watch in the YouTube window below. It also comes with an electric pasteuriser which holds 13 wine bottles at a time, suitable for pasteurising your juice.

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Basket Apple Press

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We have also a 20 L basket press with a small electric mill. This consists of a circular cage of oak slats which holds the apple pomace, sat on a steel frame. We estimate it will press around 8-10 kg of fruit producing around 4-5 litres of juice per pressing. The press’s dimensions are 89 cm x 61 cm x 61 cm (weight 38 kg), and with the small mill and buckets should fit on the back seat of a family car. It is primarily aimed at those who want to try out making juice for the first time or don’t have a huge amount of fruit to press.

Please Note:  This is NOT a cheaper equivalent of the Metal Press.  It is primarily aimed at those who want to try out making juice for the first time or don’t have a huge amount of fruit to press. This press is REALLY only suited for small amounts of fruit (say, a couple of average sized trees’ worth) or when you are doing apple pressing at a demonstration event such as a community apple day.

It is also a useful option if your vehicle is not large enough to transport the bigger metal press BUT it really won’t handle larger amounts of fruit well and you will have a frustrating time if you try.

The basket press comes with an electric pasteuriser which holds 13 wine bottles at a time, suitable for pasteurising your juice.

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Pasteuriser

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Pasteurisers are now shipped with each press kit, only order if you need an additional pasteuriser. In addition we have a further pasteuriser which can be hired separately. It holds 13 wine bottles at a time, suitable for pasteurising your juice.

The pasteuriser is managed separately from the press kits; its pickup and collection process is the same as the press kits.

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