Antique Cider Presses: Pressed Into Service

Iowa man collects, restores antique cider presses

Eagle Two Tub Cider Press
This restored Eagle Senior two-tub press has been mechanized with a 1/2 hp engine. Manufactured by Eagle Machine Co., Lancaster, Ohio, it is one of two restored presses Joe uses. “Back in their day, it was not uncommon for families to have eight to 10 children and everybody took a turn on the crank,” he says. “It’s fun to turn the crank for about the first five minutes, then it becomes hard work. An electric motor mounted on the cider press makes the fun last a whole lot longer.”
Photo By Loretta Sorensen