Converting a Washing Machine Into a Homemade Cider Press

Here's how to convert a washing machine into a homemade cider press. The article includes step-by-step building instructions, photographs and a cutaway diagram of the converted Maytag washing machine.



Make your own apple cider by following our do-it-yourself instructions on how to convert a washing machine into a cider press.
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Apple in water
Make your own cider with an old washing machine, a few DIY skills and, of course, a lot of apples.
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Diagram: Cider press cutaway: how to convert a Maytag washing machine into a cider press.
ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Converted Maytag into cider press 1
A close-up of the apparatus I constructed to convert the family washing machine into a cider press.
DEAN BULL
Converted Maytag into cider press 2
The plywood brace fits around the agitator shaft, and the PVC "fruit chute" directs the apples to the shredder, which is made from the plywood and over 400 panel nails.
DEAN BULL
Converted Maytag into cider press 3
We line the washer basket with nylon and fiberglass to prevent the pump's clogging with pulp.
DEAN BULL











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