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Sugar Cane Juicer Answered

Well I just came back from a vacation in Vietnam and I saw that there were these machines that squeezed the juice from sugar cane, creating a very tasty drink might I add. Well I looked up how much one of these machines would cost and I found out that they are particularly pricey and unaffordable to the average Joe. So my burning question is "How do you make a inexpensive sugar cane juicer?" P.S. On another topic, "How do you grow sugar cane?" would be a good follow up to my burniing question.

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we are dealing in this machine (máy ép mía). If you want to buy, then we'll move along to your aircraft

What does sugar cane juice taste like?

Hard to describe. Kinda like mango/peach sorta.

Mmmmm!!! I love mango/peach mix stuff.

Another idea that wouldn't result in having a badass centrifuge laying around is to build a press. You'll need a metal frame (wood isn't strong enough), and a bottle jack. These can be had at any auto parts store, but the frame might be a custom fab. Alternatively, you can buy a 12-ton press from Harbor Freight for $120. Anyway, put your sugarcane in and squish. Perhaps between two sturdy metal plates, with a catchbasin underneath. Or centrifuge, then press the dregs!

These are all great ideas that I will probably use, but I was hoping for something alot more portable. I intend to use it at a school fundrasing event and fresh cane juice might attract some profit. any advice?

Car bottle-jacks are only a few inches tall.

Make a strong metal frame in the school workshops, and you're sorted. It will be heavy, but you only have to move it across school.

Unfortunately, many schools no longer have a metalshop, and even woodshops are going out of style here in Denver. It's absolutely perverse.

It's the same over here - the high schools have woodwork and metalwork facilities, but the kids all want to do graphic design.

My father-in-law has been an engineer of one sort or another all his working life. He is now the technician in a high-school "shop" department, and he has to show the teachers how to use the power tools.

My boys got to play in the woodwork shop.

At the junior high I went to, the woodshop teacher (I had to raise hell to get that class, too... they watned to stick me in graphic design!) was really knowlegable, but when he was sick, there was literally no sub in the district who knew how to work a power tool. We spent those days watching New Yankee Workshop. In the immortal words of one sub, "What's that table... with the saw in it?"

Whatever you do, add wheels and the portability factor goes up exponentially.

Look around some places that do forklift tyres, look for a smaller press going cheap used, these are very easy to adapt to any pressing needs, they go from 10 tonne to several hundred tonne capacities... on another note ever put a can in a 100 tonne press? it goes completely flat, not like when you run over one like a piece of card...

Other fun object to put in include:
bricks
cheese (cheddar)
shotgun shells (remove the shot)
Containers full of flammable gases
Plastic bottles full of water
disposable lighters

Hereis a Sugar Cane juice vendor in Brazil. Anyway to make a cheap version of this? Maybe with thick PVC pipe?

One way I saw someone doing it was by placing two thick railroad spike thingies into a tree and using a tire iron thing to squish the juice from the sugar cane resting on the spikes. Like So but it seems wasteful.

Using a big old clamp would work well I suspect, just change it to your specifications with some nice clean metal plates for squeezing and a collection bowl. It would also be portable if you based it on a table clamp...

how about a simple screw press? Build a press out of an old clamp mechanism, all you do is turn the handle until it's all crushed...

It sounds like a job for a centrifuge. I would lathe out a balanced metal drum, add some cross-peices to brace the top from flex, drill a bunch of small holes around the outside of the drum, and chuck it into a router. Put in crushed or blendered sugarcane and Bob;e your uncle. But I'd make a point of not being at any point on that axis in case something failed bigtime. I don't want to be Hamburger Helper.

Make a box out of thick steel plate... using aluminium bits in the drum, means that unless you go really overboard with the speed the aluminium flattens itself against the steel in the case of failure...