Originally Posted by VampireSix
LBussy, I've been seriously considering getting that capper/corker. How do you like it?
I'm a kegger so take this FWIW:
It is new to me so I have not had a chance to wear it out. There are no instructions but possibly enough moving parts to need them.
For capping, it's a no-brainer. It is n excellent and very sturdy bench capper. It is large enough and the base is firm enough that securing it to a counter was not needed for the couple of six packs I have run through it. I capped both champagne bottles and beer bottle and it had no issues with either. It does leave those little dimples people seem to be so concerned about. I believe it's just an artifact of how the bells are made.
For corking I had some issues. I am NOT a wine maker so this may reasonably be attributed to me not having experience. It was relatively easy for me to get the ram off-center. Since the ram is smaller than the cork it leaves a small dimple as well that mostly goes away after about a week. Since it leaves the dimple a couple of my corks are "ugly" having been rammed off-center. There's probably some simple way to ensure this does not happen and I'll play with it some more. (if anyone has some hints here I am all ears) It does have a sort of tapered funnel thing that drops down on the bottle that I am guessing prevents this - and I am sure it is my ham-fisted operations preventing it from helping me.
All in all it is a BEEFY piece of equipment. The mechanical advantage is as good as any I have used. The adjustments available are more than I will ever need. I am pleased with the investment and I am looking forward to learning to use it better.