The RATCHET PRESS Construction Manual provides detailed plans and drawing for limited small scale manufacturing of the Ratchet Press
The Ratchet Press is a high pressure, compact, easily assembled, transported operated and maintained briquette press. Using common tools and skills, the Ratchet Press can work for an individual or full time commercial briquette production facility. Though it is compact and portable, it can deliver nearly the same force as the larger Mini Bryant compound level wood press sold through the Legacy Foundation.
The Ratchet Press is adaptable to varying work environments and is able to rest or stand on quasi- tripod-like-feet or with no feet at all – tied or bolted onto any vertical surface, The Ratchet Press fabrication, however, requires greater precision and more skills and machine tools to manufacture then the Mini Bryant wood press and a number of other smaller wood presses. It requires a hand held electric drill, an electric welder and a disk grinder for manufacture, but these still can be found in most urban street technicians, fundi or artisanas in the smaller towns.
The Ratchet Press has evolved as a briquette making tool for the following markets;
• the more urban /peri-urban areas where storage and ease of use are important
• where many briquettes have to be produced quickly and when the machine has to be working intensively
• the more remote areas which do not have easy transport
• aid or refugee organizations which require immediate production start up in rough working conditions
We would not see The Ratchet Press’s niche in the poorer villages where wood resources are available for press making.
The Manual Includes detailed directions, plans and illustrations for a one off / short run production for the Ratchet Press including:
Components, Specifications, Assembly and Installation, Design Options, Production Options, Tools, Materials, How to Fabricate the Press, Other Versions of the Press
Legacy Foundation welcomes your replication and modification and sale of our Ratchet Press in your local market area. In fact, we can help you by referring new enquiries in your area and by broadcasting your own innovations to the briquette community. We would like to partner with you for such enterprises so that we can continue to build the briquette network. We would cover our costs in such enterprises through the sale of the user’s manual which should accompany the sale of your press. The Foundation does not, however authorize the mass production of the press or this manual for persons outside your immediate market /service area, without prior discussion and mutual agreement