What Are Buyers Saying?
The first aluminum can compactor we examined is the specific precision option- it's marketed as an efficient way to streamline the recycling process.
The way it works, all you have to do is hold and pull down the soda can crusher's handle and it will crush the can- since it usually hangs on the wall it's pretty convenient to use in a pinch. Pacific Precision says that it will crush cans down to about an inch tall- this makes it easier to transport hundreds of aluminum cans to scrap recycling centers.
- Buyers say that it is best for smaller cans-particularly 16-ounce cans and 12-ounce cans, as opposed to 24-ounce cans.
- One buyer we spoke with has crushed over 2,000 beer & soda cans saying that it is a simple device that when securely wall-mounted provides an effective means of compacting aluminum can products.
- Indeed, buyers say it's best to use nuts, washers, and bolts to ensure that it's completely secured to a solid wall surface.
- You can also lubricate it with WD-40 or a Crisco type of shortening paste to ensure that it's moving parts are lubricated.
The second aluminum pop can crusher we examined is the Can Ram. It can handle 10 pop cans at a time and is a manually powered option that makes it easy to dispose of a bunch of wet, sharp-edged beer cans all at once for convenient disposal. It ships with mounting hardware and is best for 16-ounce and 12-ounce drinking cans.
- One buyer was relatively pleased with his purchase- he says that for curbside recycling purposes being able to deal with multiple cans at a time make it a faster and simpler process.
- It was pretty easy to assemble, attach to his garage wall, and the actual can compaction process doesn't require a ton of strength- even his kids are able to do it.
- On the downside, he does is criticize the plastic construction, the relatively small storage bin and says that sometimes the cans can get logjammed when you're doing a bunch at a time.
- Indeed, another buyer says that this plastic can crusher is too weak compared to steel-built models and doesn't compact the cans as easily or as effectively as stronger, more commercial-grade options do.
- On the other hand, some buyers defend this product saying that it's not really plastic- it's actually a type of heavy-duty reinforced nylon and if you don't overload it it works pretty well.
The third option we examine is the Pitbull can crusher- it comes in 12 and 16-ounce crushing options and is marketed as an environmentally friendly option that can be mounted on the walls or tables.
They emphasize that it's able to deal with soda and beer cans and can crush them down to about 20% of the original size. Buyer who've been using it for a number of years to deal with Heineken beer cans tells us that it's a good option if you don't have a lot of space, it's a hassle to get to the recycling center, and if you're comfortable routinely cleaning up the area around the can crusher of the spilled, sticky liquids.
Some buyers complain that over time the unit begins to bend and deform, meaning that the compaction process can malfunction.
The fourth option we took a look at was the Buffalo Tools can crusher- it's built from steel plate with a cushioned grip handle and an integrated bottle opener that mounts vertically on walls.
It doesn't work with anything larger than a 12-ounce can, which means that some buyers have had to resort to manually stamping or hammering cans larger than 12 ounces. One buyer says that after crushing several thousand cans he can attest to its durability, saying that for such an inexpensive price it's delivered and net positive ROI.
The last option we examined is the Dpnamron- it can handle 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans, ships with mounting hardware for wall mounts with some buyers saying that you can even deal with 8-ounce cans.
- Buyers say that it is simple to assemble, although you should be especially careful to attach it to a stud in the wall otherwise you might rip it out when you are crushing.
- Yet other buyers have complained that it's broken down after limited use and because of the lack structural integrity in the handle can painfully pinch you.