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Trying to get a bench capper cheap. Standard 26mm size.
Shipping would probably kill the deal.
Local pickup?
In the Sacramento CA area (95820).

Was hoping for like $20.

Wishful thinking but figured couldn't hurt to ask.

Thanks all!!

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Hop on shopgoodwill.com and look for geartop cappers from the 30's-40s, they are super easy to restore, I picked up two for about $25 shipped, this is the last capper I'll ever need and I gave the other one to a brewing buddy.

Edit: Everedy is the brand of capper I got, after about 2 hours with a wire brush and a bit of grease, its working like new. Added a rubber washer in the bell to pop off after capping, and I use a couple cardboard beer coasters as padding under the bottles, and it works 100x better than my wing capper.
 
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Hop on shopgoodwill.com and look for geartop cappers from the 30's-40s, they are super easy to restore, I picked up two for about $25 shipped, this is the last capper I'll ever need and I gave the other one to a brewing buddy.
Wow... never even knew about their website. Looks kinda like ebay bidding. There are some classic looking models!
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Wow... never even knew about their website. Looks kinda like ebay bidding. There are some classic looking models!
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Yeah its like ebay only nobody knows about it. Good luck bidding!
 

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This is the kind you want, rack and pinion gearing and solid steel mechanism in a cast iron frame. It will outlive you. The lot I purchased also included one of the stamped steel lever type cappers. It worked well too, I just like the solid cast iron construction of the gear-top model. It'll cap everything from wine bottles down to lagunitas shorties. For short bottles I use a hockey puck to raise up the bottles, its more stable and has a bit of cushion.

In this case you have an advantage; nobody knows the true value of these cappers and millions were sold as "soda cappers" during prohibition. Seriously, don't spend more than $20 shipped.

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Also I want to add, the standard capping size hasn't changed in almost a century. I've capped probably 400 bottles with my ancient everedy, and had zero problems. My all-metal italian wing capper wasn't as reliable and died after about 1,000 bottles.
 

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Ever come down by Tracy? I have a classic steel unit with gears. I switched to kegs and flip tops. Your price is fine with me. It’s taking up space.
 

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I have a bench capper collecting dust in my garage. I’m in Elk Grove. Willing to swap for a bottle or 2 of whatever you have. PM if interest.
 
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@mdscole i apologize- i missed your reply!
@teesherv thanks.

I ended up going with a cheaper pos model. I see where you get what you pay for. But i needed to cap some funky 750ml swing tops for Christmas gifts

Thanks to you all!
 
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