My sauce maker gets a real workout every autumn, when the apples get ripe. My kids and I pick about 350 pounds of apples then proceed to spend three days making applesauce. Everyone gets involved, even my four year old. The kids take turns cutting apples, cranking the saucemaker and pushing the cooked apples down in the hopper. My favorite thing about this sauce maker is that you don't have to peel or core the apples! Just steam them until soft, then process through the mill. The seeds, peel, stem all comes out the end and the sauce comes out the side. Power It's a hand crank appliance, so the power comes from whomever is cranking it... usually one of my 3 kids under 8. Even my 4 year old can do it, so it's plenty easy! Ease of Assembly It's not hard to put together, but the first time there is a bit of a learning curve as you figure out which little piece goes where. Once you've done it a time or two, it's no big deal. Ease of Cleaning It is a good idea to clean it right away. Cooked on applesauce can be kind of hard to get out of the strainer.