The press was up for auction. Ended up going for $900. To me, it was overpriced for what it was, but was a reasonable buy compared to retail.
Reasons I liked it… well made, robust, nice fit/finish, easily cleaned sanitized.
Reasons I didn’t much care for it. The scratter was direct drive off of a hand cranked wheel. Seems like it would take forever to process a bushel into the basket. The basket was fairly small for what I need, especially at that price (12”diameter/height.)
At the end of the day, someone making small batches of cider will have an effective machine. If they can handle the cash outlay, it looks beautiful and will impress friends.
I have no regrets on passing on this press. I do regret not getting the 14’ aluminum orchard ladder, but as my orchard is a long way from needing a ladder that tall, I’m okay waiting til another comes up a little cheaper.