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Old 03-15-2010, 11:37 PM   #21
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Yeah, I'd at least wear some thick leather welding gloves when running that bad boy.

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:40 PM   #22
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I think most commercial cappers run about 78 psi, and that should not be too hard to adjust to. How much would you consider selling 1 for? Can it be modified to 12 and 22 oz bottles?

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Old 03-16-2010, 08:00 AM   #23
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thats sick. i think one of the ways some1 could make it more versatile for different bottles would be to make it taller and use different wood blocks cut to different heights

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Old 03-16-2010, 12:47 PM   #24
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I appreciate the concerns for bottle breakage, I just think if it were going to happen you would see it a lot more often on a bench capper. I pressed on a bathroom scale this morning with the force approximate to what I use to bench cap, and it read around 60 lbs (it really doesn't take much to get there - try it!). The lever on my bench capper is 10" long, and the distance from the pivot point to the capping point is 1.25", therefore a force at the 1.25" point will be 8 times greater than the force at the 10" point, so 60 lbs at the handle will be...wait for it...480 lbs. And thats not counting the quick spikes in force that might happen since your arm has a hard time of applying a nice even force. My pneumatic capper on the other hand clamps at a nice and even 283 lbs @90psi.

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Old 03-16-2010, 01:05 PM   #25
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There is nothing that's not entirely awesome about that thing.

We of the non-engineering world salute you, my friend.

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Old 03-16-2010, 04:10 PM   #26
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A couple of things:
First, outfreakingstanding job on the capper.
2nd, I was recently capping a few bottles out of a batch with a hand capper, and one of the bottle tops broke. No shrieking shards of glass, just a small crunch. It was a Beck's bottle, and had never been used since originally bottled. All of this to say, I would guess that this is how the pneumatic capper would fail a bottle. However, for the more safety oriented people, it would be easy to add a short "sleeve" that the bottle would set in to hold it still while it was capped. One regular leather glove to set/remove the bottles with shouldn't be too bad either. - Dwain

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Old 03-16-2010, 06:29 PM   #27
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Man you are my hero, I love that thing!

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Old 03-16-2010, 06:49 PM   #28
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Figure out some sort of auto cap feeder, and you are in business!

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Gotta love that "pfff, ka-chung" sound.

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That is the single most awesome thing ever.

Something like this NEEDS to be on the market for homebrew bottlers.

I keg, but honestly - if I had an awesome bastard like that --- I'd seriously go back to bottling some of my brews.

If you could make it so that it's interchangeable as a corker and bottler, I would buy one in a heartbeat.

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