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This ruggedly constructed model features smooth gear action, and has a steel welded head that is extremely durable. The head is attached to the steel shaft with a threaded knob, and three threaded knob holes in the shaft provide a wide range of adjustment from tiny to 19" tall. This model is slower to adjust than our Chrome Commercial Capper, but if most your bottles are the same height, it is a great choice. Includes an adjustable bottle stop and 26mm and 29mm capping heads. Made in Italy.
Greetings: Looked all over for a good station caper to replace a plastic butterfly caper that busted on the third cap. Too many bad reviews for anything involving plastic between the vertical column and the quill.
Then, came across this one! All metal, except for knobs. Turned out to be the right choice. Heavy built! Have been using it for a while. The caps press on fully. Perfect.
How Heavy? Caper bells are machined correctly, turned on a lathe, and hardened, so cap points do not dig into them and stick. Base is made from 0.330 inch thick solid steel plate. Square tubing column is 1.4 inch square with 1/8 inch thick walls. Quill is 1-3/16 inch diameter with good strong spring and a strong spring and magnet up inside for pushing the cap down tight and is adjustable. The frame between the tubing and the quill is heavy built fabrication of steel plate. I expect this one to last for generations. Came fully assembled.
Cheers! ... Norm
Used to make root beer 50 years ago...had a cheap bottle capper that was many many many times better than the Ferrari which is junk....the hand held 2 handled cappers do the job but they are slow...
This capper is excellent...esp. if you are using the same size bottles...but even if you are not...set aside the different sizes and it does not take that long to adjust...there also can be a lot of variation in the size of the bottles and the capper will still work from the same position... I wish I had bought it 2 years ago...THIS IS A CAPPER!
Having gone through two somewhat ineffective and low dollar cappers in my time as a home brewer, I thought I would try the next price point up. I am not disappointed. This capper is strongly built and I expect it to last the rest of my brewing days.
The holes for adjusting the height do not accomodate the shorter 12 ounce bottles that I use exclusively, but the quick installation of a drilled hole and a stainless steel bolt and nut took care of that problem. If you are in need of a quality capper that will last, this one will make you happy. It's worth every penny.
Very solid capper. Works great. Only drawback is that it can not cap short 12 ounce bottles. It works if you slide a piece of plywood under the bottles. Other than that it adjusts quickly, easy to use, and can cap a ton of bottle styles.
In >2 years I went through 2 hand held bottle cappers until I splurged and got this really ruggedly constructed capper.
First thing I found that those 3 threaded holes in the stem for my particular bottle size should have been either 4 of them and/or just a bit 'better' spaced over the length of the steel shaft. When using the lowest of the 3 holes my bottles (~7 5/8" short) just don't quite fit under the capping bell, being a tiny bit too high. But when using the next higher hole, the bottle's top now is just out of reach for the capping bell...until I use a piece of scrap wood under the bottles (just slipping under the bottle stop!) . Then I adjusted the handle for a more ergonomic movement, for which I had to take out a securing snap ring - without the appropriate tool. I replaced it with a wire twist tie instead...which does the job for me. An additional threaded hole in the stem would have solved that problem more elegantly and achieved 5 stars. - Still, I'd buy it again!
It will cap bottles as short as 4½" tall.