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Old 14-11-2017, 08:54 AM   #1
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Default Apple Scratter / crusher

We make our own Cider and have used a manual Scratter up until now.

Has anyone tried or used one of these off Ebay -
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Electric-...AAAOSwFAZTtvNS

We have been looking at the Speidel Apple Mill or the Fruit Shark, both of which come out considerably more money.

We have tried a garden shredder but found that it clogged too quickly although we do know people who have used them successfully.


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if you have large cooking apples you might want to ask how wide that opening is, if you control the rate you chuck them in it should be fine.
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Hi there,
We hired the spiedel from our local orchard group last year, we were so impressed that this year we bought our own. Yes it's a large outlay, but it transforms half a ton of apples into a sloppy porridge in less than half an hour. We worked out that on pub prices ours paid for itself and some in one hours work.
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interesting thread. I am considering the same upgrade. There is one on amazon for about £280 I have been thinking about (cant be bothered to post a link as its easy enough to find). A local cider company has also offered to lend me theirs for a weekend, but by the time I have driven there and back twice I suspect I could have scratted most of the apples manually !

if another option doesn't emerge I will probably try the amazon one, as it has good reviews.
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We have a slightly larger version of the eBay link for our allotment juicing day. It’s awesome. I only had about 8 kg apples, chucked them in whole, instantly scratted to perfect consistency for pressing.
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the main factor to consider is how much cider you plan to make per season. the one you have found looks fine for a few hundred liters of juice a day.
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