«© 2011, Steve Hughes. All rights reserved. The Garagiste’s Crusher by Steve Hughes The fall crush is probably my favorite part of winemaking. The ...»
Yet to be ﬁnished before next fall will be a sheet metal shroud that will just slip over a few screw heads to cover the moving mechanisms -- the pulleys, belts and motor shaft -- to ensure all my crushing helpers stay safe and happy and enjoying the crush to the fullest.
(Author’s note: For an additional bit of safety with a volunteer crew, a safety session before starting up any power tool is essential. Belts and pulleys can be hazardous and crusher rollers can pull a ﬁnger in and cause some damage. I place my bins of grapes on sawhorses near the infeed end of the crusher/destemmer to provide a protection guard and make sure folks with loose clothing tighten them up. Let them know to drop the clusters into the hopper, and that hands should never go below the top of the hopper. Never touch a moving belt and if the crusher gets jambed, to unplug it from the power before making any attempts to work on it. Keep hands and other objects away from moving parts and the party will continue until a hard day’s work is done.) © 2011, Steve Hughes. All rights reserved.