Re: Old apple crusher/press
You could use a food grade oil on the bearings... but my old press bearings are well worn, so lubrication may help but more likely use will help.
as far as the wood. light wire brushing followed by a mild bleach solution. then rinse off several times. From what i have read about making cider 100 or 200 years ago .... they weren't very concerned ... I would pressed the apples and then filter out the big hunks....
I ended up using cloth bags to prevent chunks of apple from getting to the final product. works great.
I would NOT take it apart, unless you want to rebuild it.