Item #: I95
Our Price: $69.99
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This unique design is like the steering rack of a car with rack and pinion steering. Turn the three handled capping lever and it turns against the gear slots cut out of the back of the capping shaft. Very simple, very sturdy, and the only bench capper available where you do not have to slide the capping head on a shaft to adjust. Caps bottles from 8" to 15" tall. Features a 26mm machined capping head (for standard beer bottles). Due to the different gear ratio, this capper requires more crimping force from the user than our Chrome and Steel Commercial Cappers. 25" tall. Made in Italy.

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by Jerry
on 8/30/2017
from Massachusetts
My last capper
I've owned several cappers over the years - from the wing style to bench models. This is by far the best. As others have stated, the bottles tend to get stuck, but after lubrication and use it eventually stops. This is well made with only a little plastic where it doesn't matter, and it looks nice too. You won't be disappointed with this model.
by Luis Martinez
on 8/2/2017
from Laredo
Great capper!!
It's an nice bottle capper, I recommed it. Excellent price and quality.
by Pete
on 8/1/2017
from North Carolina
Good capper
After using a wing-style capper for several batches of home brew it dawned on me that it would be a good idea to have a backup.
Reviews (here and elsewhere) lamented various plastic parts of other bench style cappers. The Rack & Pinion capper has metal at all stress and contact points, and it seemed like a good compromise between the cost of the commercial cappers offered by Williams and the Ferrari style bench cappers.
As others mentioned it does have a bit of a  "chunky" feel during operation, but I expect it will likely smooth out as the parts mate to each other.
For me, the unit is well-balanced without needing a wood base. I did put a silicone mat under the deck to keep it from sliding around or marring the counter top.
It's worked flawlessly without a hiccup on 50+ bottles so far and is now my primary capper. The old wing-style is in reserve for emergencies, or as a gift.
Very pleased with the quality of the Rack & Pinion capper, and with Williams customer service.
by Matt
on 5/12/2017
from Brooklyn
Great Capper
Great, sturdy capper that every homebrewer should own. 
by Grant
on 5/11/2017
from Pauls Valley
Great Capper for the Money
As other reviews indicate, bottles do stick a bit...but that is worth it knowing I get a good seal. I keep a cotton swab next to it with keg lube on it and wipe the inside of the head every 12 bottles. Machined head performs well...Much better than the stamped head that was on the partially plastic "crapper" I had, which caused up to 20% loss of my previous bottling to fail. So far I have seen no need of mounting this on wood. The "chunky" descriptions you may read in reviews are accurate, but again, a non-issue. A little white lithium grease on those gears will prevent wear and quiet them somewhat.  When the cap crimps, it is a distinct, crisp crimp. When raising the head, a slight tilt and twist to the right is all it takes to free the bottle. Capper is heavily built. Need to lubricate head may diminish over break-in time.

William's Brewing Responds:  Greasing the head occasionally is recommended on all cappers. We find lithium based greases to be best, like the kind you use on your car. Just smear a little in the cap, and wipe the excess off with a paper towel.  As you said, the capping head will break in over time.
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Kirk
3/26/2017 4:20:07 PM
Can this also be used for corking wine bottles?
No, the head is for crown caps only, and does not work with corks.
HRB
1/2/2017 10:34:27 AM
Where is this capper made
Italy
T0dster
11/25/2016 1:43:02 AM
So I am assuming there is no 29mm interchangeable crowning head for this model. that really would be a great option!! I see there is a replacement same size head available though. Will the other bench capper's 29mm threadable head fit this crowner??
We do have a 29mm head for the rack and pinion capper. It is item I06 and the price is $9.99
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