Reading 78 Apple Peeler
Oct 16, 2018
My Dad gave me a Lehman Apple Peeler about 46 years ago and I have used it faithfully each fall to can apples, make apple butter, and jelly. Yesterday I was using it and a piece broke. I am ordering a replacement today. I cannot imagine apple season without this fun gadget! Over the years my children and grandchildren have helped peel the apples and created lasting memories. I have used it at school during old fashioned week to demonstrate canning and preserving food and it always elicits great joy from the students. Thanks for making such a useful tool that has become part of my family heritage. I have a special ladderback chair that the base is attached to, then some old sackcloth towels are draped around the chair, the tub is placed in the center, and the fun of hearing the gears work fills the kitchen. Good, solid apples work best and I am able to peel a bushel in no time at all. Thanks for reviving the patent and keeping this peeler available after all these years.
We love this
Oct 15, 2017
We wore a cheaper peeler out - we plan on handing this down to our grandchildren. It's amazing. It's a tool...if you aren't willing to spend some time figuring it out, don't buy it. Trying to peel any soft apple with any peeler is a challenge...so hand peel those. My husband was having such a blast flinging ribbons of peel in the air I had to tell him to slow down. We put a big bowl on the floor to catch peels, cores and juice. I can't wait for the next project....
38 Years and counting
Oct 15, 2017
Bought our first at a neighborhood farm hardware store, got another at a garage sale, used them 38 years to peel 5 or six bushels of apples to make apple butter just for fun and to get all the family members together. Somebody must have messed with one yesterday (after we were finished and broke the cutter arm. Disaster, until I got on your website and found I could buy a new part for $8.00. Thank you so much, don't know what we would do next year. I have four other peelers people have given us but never use them. This one is GREAT! As for a mess, do it outside and make a party out of it.
Oct 11, 2016
It works great with firm apples. With the apple slicer /corer the wife and I can can process a bushel of apples in about 15 min. I also use it to peel potatoes when I make a large batch of perogie. Just cut your potatoes in half and stick them on the fork and crank away.
Sep 18, 2016
My husband just purchase this peeler for me, I bake a lot of Apple Pies to sell at Farmers Markets and we all know peeling apples is time consuming. So if he wasn't so thoughtful I probably would have returned it after its first use. As others have stated if the Apple is firm then it does get the job done quickly if it's at all soft it falls right off so be ready to catch the apples at all times because you don't always know it's soft before you start. It definitely peels more quickly than any other peeler I've ever used but the time you save on peeling is spent cleaning up the spray off the counter, kitchen cabinets, and floor. You definitely need to wash the floor as soon as you finish peeling otherwise you stick to it. It's also very noisy, something I guess I just have to get use to. I don't think this peeler is worth the money and if I have made the purchase myself it would go back.
Aug 4, 2015
Nov 18, 2014
Works great; avoid mushy apples! The only thing it doesn't do is core them.
Mar 31, 2014
Works awesome with firm/fresh apples. It does not work well with soft/over ripe apples. The peeler/corer/slicer models don't work well with ripe apples either.
Dec 2, 2013
I used this on the first 4 to 7 apples and we loved it, but the following apples fall off the short fork and don't peel. The metal fork is also shedding metal onto the apple. First thing tomorrow I am returning this. bad duplication! doesn't work like the video shows. perhaps I got a lemon, so we'll see how Lehman's customer service is. if their site allows me to revise this, I will do so after my returns/replacement experience
Oct 14, 2011
I purchased my Reading 78 Apple peeler years ago and can't tell you how many quarts of applesauce I have made using it. I had a neighbor who had one and thought it was so great I had to have one. Never had any problems with it. Very easy to use.
Jul 10, 2011
My wife and I made 400 apple pies one weekend with a Reading 78. It's a beautiful design, maintenance free, and very sturdy. I've used mine for almost fifty years now and it's still going strong.
Jun 24, 2010
This machine is fantastic! I love it!!! It cuts hours and HOURS off the apple preparation process. I have used mine to peel apples for 7 years now. The unit does have some peculiarities that you need to get used to: I find that the unit doesn't work so well on overly ripe, large apples. An overly ripe apple is not firm enough to anchor the prongs that are intended to hold it in place. Also, be careful with the rotating arm. It is easy to snap it off at its narrow area. When preparing to peel another apple, I lift the rotating arm up with one hand and cycle the unit back into the start position. Whoever invented this thing was a genius. Thanks, Lehmans, for making it available to the public!
Oct 16, 2009
I have used this apple peeler for along time not just for apples but also potato's and turnips. I use it to cut apples in to long strings for the kids they love it, and for potatoes to make curly fry's, and on turnips to make small batches of turnipkrout. A friend of mine has one and he uses it at swap meets to make money selling curly fries and there is a long line at his stand he has done thousands of potato's and never had any problem or breakage.
Jul 31, 2009
I don't know what we would do without the Reading 78. Once a year we make mincemeat for the church & we peel 10 bushels of apples. It is a lifesaver - we used to peel them by hand.