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Stainless Steel Filter Press

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

$890.00$3,030.00

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FEATURES:

  • Food Grade: 304 Stainless Steel (Our competitors use aluminum, plastic, or even brass which contains lead)
  • Expandable: Start with 6 filters on either a long or short platform. Add plates/capacity as your business grows.
  • Positive Assembly: The hangers were designed in such a way to make it impossible to insert a plate backwards.
  • Two Pump Options: Choose from an economical plastic hand pump or a stainless steel air diaphragm pump.
  • Thermometer Option: Tapped into the top of a window plate so you can monitor syrup temperature at startup.
  • Stainless Steel Drip Tray: Keeps your platform nice and tidy.
  • Rubber, non-skid feet
  • 2 complete sets of reusable synthetic filters
  • Cost will be comparable to our competitor’s aluminum filter presses.

See chart at bottom of this page for help with sizing.

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Monitor Temperature Inside the Press

Smoky Lake is the only manufacturer that offers a window plate fitted with a temperature gauge. This will tell you when the press is warmed up and the syrup coming out is hot enough for bottling.

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Description


The Problem with Competitor Filter Presses

I’ve always wondered why everything in our industry, particularly in the processing, was required to be food grade Stainless Steel; yet none of the filter presses were being built to those standards. A long time ago a representative of one of the major equipment manufacturers told me, “It’s too expensive to build filter presses out of stainless steel”… That’s always bothered me.

The Solution

Over the past year and a half Smoky Lake Maple Products has been exerting great effort into the development of the best filter press in the maple industry. We’ve succeeded. We’ll be offering it for a cost comparable to the aluminum and plastic units currently on the market. We’re very proud of it.

Food Grade

The press is 100% Stainless Steel. The frame is stainless steel. The plates are stainless steel. The air diaphragm pump is stainless steel. All fittings and hardware are stainless steel. All 304 Stainless Steel. We’ve created the only indisputably food grade filter press in the industry. And it looks as professional and beautiful as the rest of the equipment Smoky Lake has become known for. It’s easy to compare this press against any of the cast aluminum models and see how stunning it’s beauty is.

Expandable

Every unit is built to be expandable. A hobby producer can start with either the small platform or the large platform and chose the optional Hand Operated Plastic pump and load as little as 6 filters at a time. As this hobby producer grows they can expand the unit in increments of 4 filters to a total of 10 on the Small Platform or 20 on the Large Platform. That producer can chose to upgrade to the Stainless Steel Air Diaphragm pump at any time, all mounts and connections are in place and ready for such an eventuality. This system is meant to last a lifetime of syrup production, growing with the producer as they expand their crop.

Each window plate will hold 3 – 1/4 cup of DE.

Positive Assembly

Finally it’s literally impossible to put any of the plates in backwards, thanks to the foresight taken to offset the hangers on every piece. Most experienced producers know how frustrating it is when they accidentally put only one plate in backwards, not going to happen with the new filter press from Smoky Lake Maple Products.

Advantages of an Air Diaphragm Pump

  1. Soft Start (low psi and low flow for start-up)
    With soft start, the flow AND pressure are very easily controlled.  You can pump a few tablespoons at a slow, low pressure until you see that everything is correct. Then crank up flow by giving it more air.

    In contrast, with a gear pump/electric motor, the pressure and flow start immediately/violently because a gear pump is a positive displacement pump.  That means that for every revolution of the pump, a defined amount of liquid MUST come out of the pump—every revolution!  And the outlet pressure is relatively MUCH higher. Because of this, there is no forgiveness if something is not hooked up correctly or some valve is not set right.

  2. Easily Controlled Pressure (in filter chambers)
    As the filter press fills with DE and reduces or stops flowing, it’s very simple to twist the regulator knob up a bit to resume pumping. This can be done at any time, at any flow rate, from stopped to almost wide open. Of course, this is dependent on having an air pressure regulator in-line between the air compressor and the diaphragm pump.

  3. Variable Flow (less air pressure for less flow, increase air pressure for more flow)
    If you are pumping filtered syrup into your canner while you are filling small bottles, you can turn the pressure down low and slow. On the other hand, if you are filling barrels or 5 gallon containers, turn up the air and let it rip!

  4. Harmless Stall (if/as filter plugs)
    A HUGE advantage of air pump versus electric motor pump is that the air pump can remain “stalled” for hours (days!) without harm to your equipment. Try that with an electric motor driven pump!


Advantages of an Air Diaphragm Pump

  1. Soft Start (low psi and low flow for start-up)
    With soft start, the flow AND pressure are very easily controlled.  You can pump a few tablespoons at a slow, low pressure until you see that everything is correct. Then crank up flow by giving it more air.

    In contrast, with a gear pump/electric motor, the pressure and flow start immediately/violently because a gear pump is a positive displacement pump.  That means that for every revolution of the pump, a defined amount of liquid MUST come out of the pump—every revolution!  And the outlet pressure is relatively MUCH higher. Because of this, there is no forgiveness if something is not hooked up correctly or some valve is not set right.

  2. Easily Controlled Pressure (in filter chambers)
    As the filter press fills with DE and reduces or stops flowing, it’s very simple to twist the regulator knob up a bit to resume pumping. This can be done at any time, at any flow rate, from stopped to almost wide open. Of course, this is dependent on having an air pressure regulator in-line between the air compressor and the diaphragm pump.

  3. Variable Flow (less air pressure for less flow, increase air pressure for more flow)
    If you are pumping filtered syrup into your canner while you are filling small bottles, you can turn the pressure down low and slow. On the other hand, if you are filling barrels or 5 gallon containers, turn up the air and let it rip!

  4. Harmless Stall (if/as filter plugs)
    A HUGE advantage of air pump versus electric motor pump is that the air pump can remain “stalled” for hours (days!) without harm to your equipment. Try that with an electric motor driven pump!

     

How to Choose a Size

The below chart estimates how much syrup can be filtered in a single session based on the number of filters in your press. In other words, this is how much syrup could be filtered before the press needs to be cleaned. More Filters = Higher Capacity. The actual number of gallons filtered will depend on how much sediment is in your syrup to begin with. Dirtier syrup will clog/fill the press faster.

Number of FiltersGallons of Syrup Filtered per Session

6 filters 15 to 24 gallons
10 filters 25 to 40 gallons
12 filters 30 to 48 gallons
16 filters 40 to 64 gallons
20 filters 50 to 80 gallons

Additional information

Platform Size

Short (holds up to 10 filters), Long (holds up to 20 filters)

Pump Option

Economical Hand Pump, Stainless Steel Air Diaphragm Pump

Starting Capacity

6 Filters, 10 Filters, 12 Filters, 16 Filters, 20 Filters

2 reviews for Stainless Steel Filter Press

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I bought the 7″ short bank filter press, and although the season has not yet begun for me, I wanted to post my initial impressions. First, it is extremely heavy duty. The picture doesn’t give you the full impact of how “beefy” this press is. For me the selling points were the stainless steel construction, temperature probe, reusable filters, and of course the price. I can’t believe shipping is included at this price point. Also, the holes are pre-drilled for the electric diaphragm pump and I can add more plates later if I want to upgrade.

    You can really understand why these do have a fairly hefty cost to them when you see the amount of material used in construction as well as the complexity of the machining. I now know why filter presses are not cheap.

    I will post an update when I actually filter syrup, but for now I give it 5 stars. I’m looking forward to crystal clear syrup and fast filtering.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have the air pump driven 7″ long bank press. It is an amazing unit. I added quick couplers similar to the YouTube video on the Smoky Lake site. It performed flawlessly and is extremely well constructed and easy to assemble.

    I have owned other filter presses in the past and this unit is superior in quality and design. I am 100% satisfied with this filter and would highly recommend it.

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