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Description: Vaslin-Bucher Delta E1/E2/E4/E6/E8 Capacity&#160;5 Tonnes (E1) to 90 (E8) Tonnes per hour. Large in-feed hopper, rotating cage followed by crushing through adjustable rollers. When there is no need for crushing the crusher unit can be shifted to one side. The&#160;CIP (Clean in Place) system (standard on the E4, E6 and E8) allows for easy and complete cleaning of the unit by the use of 2 rotating water cannons. Options include Draining Hopper and interchangeable cages for various berry sizes. Matched exactly with Delta Pumps.
Reviewed By Leo Winemaker
Delta crushers are among the most popular. That is largely attributable to their performance with Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The conventional wisdom is that they destem without jacks, crush without breaking seeds, and to deliver 90%-ish uncrushed fruit if needed. OK, this does not mean that all Delta crushers are equal. We hear that the smaller crushers do produce jacks with long clusters, and that is a real problem with Bordeaux varietals on Napa Valley hillsides and all regions outside of Napa Valley where cooler weather leads to some levels of leafy to herbal tones, e.g. Sonoma and all along the California coast. I prefer the larger Deltas and would avoid the smallest crusher E1 and E2.