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Old 07-02-2012, 08:10 PM   #1
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Can't take the bottle capper I have anymore..

I want a counter top or wall mount unit that doesn't rely on grabbing the bottle neck to force (pull down) the cap on... Instead I want the kind that 'presses' down with a single lever..

However I have read some reviews on line of this model or that that are cheaply made with plastic pegs and pins that shear off..

I want something that works on all bottles, is sturdy/reliable, and doesn't break the bank...

Been looking at some used antique ones on ebay made from cast iron, that look sturdy, but I honestly don't know anything about them.. plus shipping tends to ruin the deal on these...

I am not averse to making my own if it'll save me some money... I have all the tools one could possibly need, (welder, chop saw, drill press, woodworking shop, etc...).. and I would just go that route anyways except for the actual cup that presses the cap.. not sure where to buy one or what to make on out of..

Anyways.. looking for some advice, experiences, pointers, caveats, etc.

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Mark

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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I bought this one and have been happy with it so far. I'll be able to use it for corking and capping. Nice and sturdy too.

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You can buy a cheap POS...or you can spend the money and get a decent bench capper that is of a quality build. I have a bench capper and it makes capping a lot better for all the reasons you mentioned.

Go try a bench capper out at your LHBS and see what the difference is.
Spend only what you think is fair for the quality and convenience...it's probably more than you think.

Quality and convenience come at a price.....that's a fact of life.

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Old 07-02-2012, 10:44 PM   #4
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I've used the Sumer Agata for almost a year. So far so good. Love the thing, but I mostly keg. So, it gets used sparingly. I love the fact it doesn't care how tall the bottle are. It self adjusts and crimps.

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Agata-Be.../dp/B000Q638P2

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I bought this one and have been happy with it so far. I'll be able to use it for corking and capping. Nice and sturdy too.
I also have this one.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
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I've used the Sumer Agata for almost a year. So far so good. Love the thing, but I mostly keg. So, it gets used sparingly. I love the fact it doesn't care how tall the bottle are. It self adjusts and crimps.

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Agata-Be.../dp/B000Q638P2
+1 for me.. i'm same situation.. i usually bottle about 25% of my brews, though this thing does make it easy..
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you could just unscrew the bell off the capper you already have and reuse that, or most shops sell both the us and european ones online or your lhbs can order you one. i have the champagne corker with capping attachment and it's very sturdy, not cheap though.

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I would seriously suggest getting one of those cast iron antiquey ones off Ebay.
Clean it up, paint it, mount it on a base of pine board and go to town.
It makes all the difference in bottling. These things were made here in the US to get the job done - not some fiddly, aluminum/plastic POS.
Weren't these made in Prohibition days? You'll be carrying on a good tradition and get some good Kharma in the bargain.
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I've been using a flimsy plastic bench cappers for 15 years.
One is a Ferrari (5 years), one is the old manual adjust Agata(15 years).
both work as good as they did new.

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I bought this one and have been happy with it so far. I'll be able to use it for corking and capping. Nice and sturdy too.
+1 Love mine, saves lots of time.
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