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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.
This is an outstanding capper. It has expanded the variety of the bottles that I can utilize. And I like the fact that you can move to different height bottles without resetting the capper. Since the action goes straight down, I actually used it without bolting to the top of my workbench.
I own four other cappers. Three of them I never use due to issues. One has to be adjusted for almost every bottle I use. Another has a tendency to crush the glass rim of the bottle (a wing-style capper). The third's magnet tends to lift the cap off before I get it crimped into place. The last is a trusty old plastic wing style capper but I have always worried it'll break.
This capper is an absolute dream to use. It's almost entirely metal, so you know it's durable. Action is smooth, and it effortlessly adjusts from short to tall bottles. It's never failed to properly crimp a cap on a bottle, and I haven't wasted a cap since I got it. I absolutely love it compared to all the others I have. I mounted it to a piece of plywood to stabilize it and make it portable.
Well worth the price and I expect to use it for many years.
I have a wild collection of bottles that I've gathered for some time, so this capper is ideal. Being able to quickly adjust from a 22oz to a 12oz and back to a 16oz or 750ml is really easy. Other cappers would involve adjusting the working piece, so it's better to just turn the pinion wheel and raise and lower the rack per bottle. Having a 29mm head is also nice to use champagne-style bottles I have.
My only complaint is the caps and bottles sticking in the capping head after crimping. It takes me quite a bit of muscle to get the bottle and cap out of the head, but I'm thinking and hoping that's something that will ease or loosen up over time.
This bottle capper is amazing, it works with little effort. It works best if attached to slightly larger piece of 1/2 inch thick plywood.
very solid, last capper I will every buy. caps do get stuck in it but that's hard to avoid. just a quarter turn and they come out.
We do have a 29mm head for the rack and pinion capper. It is item I06 and the price is $9.99