Farmer - Yes, I had considered the travel distance to accomplish the 4:1 pulley advantage. Anyone who has ever used a block & tackle can appreciate that little gotcha. You have to give up something to gain that advantage. Pulling on a rope forever
is the tradeoff. It was a curiosity thing. I do believe the calcs are correct...just a little impractical for a cheesepress. But you have to appreciate the idea of a 20:1 advantage!
In reality, I'll probably gear down to two pulleys as I have seen here in some commercial cheeseries.
What ratio are you using with what weight. I'm sorry I don't remember that detail. I do recall seeing those big hurky weights you had on yours.
How is the recovery coming along? You probably still have quite a smoky smell lingering.