Every Christmas season the wife and I take a Saturday and go shopping on North 4th St to all the antique stores.  While generally we find something for someone on our list, we always find something we can’t live without for ourselves. This year was no exception as my eyes spotted the “Atlas Juice-Master”.  I almost dropped it when I picked it off the shelf.  Its small size less than 12″h and wide, gave no hint to its heavy 20 lb. weight.  I knew I had to have it and the price of $35.00 (minus 10% sale) seemed more than fair considering it looked in brand new condition.

Atlas Juice-Master

I took it to the counter and asked the clerk to plug it in so we could make sure it worked correctly. She plugged it in, flipped on the toggle switch and it made a quiet hum as it revved up to several thousand rpm. Satisfied it was in order, she flipped off the switch.  However the unit continued to spin.  After about 30 seconds we unplugged it, convinced it had a bad switch.  The strainer unit continued to spin even unplugged.  Then I understood.  This product was made back in the day of quality American manufacturing (built in Peoria, Illinois); it was perfectly balanced with frictionless bearings in the motor. After shutdown it will spin 4-5 minutes even loaded.

 It is a wonder of American engineering consisting of a few simple but well made parts. The cast aluminum base is made to look like faux stone and encased the motor and drive shaft. It has a stainless steel pan with a trough and spout that sits on the base and inside attach the stainless steel basket strainer and grinder plate.  The aluminum top is held on with 2 thumb screws and has a slot that you drop the fruit or vegetables into.  As they go into the unit they make contact with the grinder plate and are shredded to a very fine pulp. The pulp is then thrown against the screen wall of the strainer basket and the juice expelled thru the screen by centrifugal force.  The juice collects in the trough of the pan and spills out the spout into your waiting cup.

The Juice-Master disassembles for easy cleaning by removing a single threaded bolt.  Take out the strainer basket and grinder plate, rinse them off along with the catch pan, dry and put back together.That’s it and she’s ready to go again.  

Atlas Juice Master Parts

 A little research on the internet shows it was made in the late 60’s and was sold direct and through stores.  It came with a lifetime guarantee, for whatever that is worth now and I have no clue what happened to the company.  One drawback is some literature mentioned filters and I assume it came and you could buy replacement paper type filters.  If you want a perfectly clear, with no suspended solids juice, it will require straining or filtering of some sort. This is a home unit and therefor is not really the best for making large quantities of juice.  But if you want a quick cup or a quart it will do it fast and easy.

When you buy a product that is well made, does what it is supposed to do and is simple to operate it makes “the perfect find”. In this day of plastic when most items seem to be made to be disposable and from China who could ask for more?  I have dug a little on Ebay and found they are occasionally offered for auction. I recommend if you can find a good deal there to buy it.

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