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Wi-Doe-Maker
04-06-2008, 06:23 PM
I'm sick of throwing away those side cutting can openers and the gears strip in less than a year from the top openers:mad:...who knows where I can get a serious commercial grade can opener and have had experience with it..Thanks for your advise!!! Wi-Doe

Professor Salt
04-06-2008, 06:27 PM
For reals? Restaurant pros use bench mounted heavy duty ones like Edlund. Go in the back of any working kitchen that uses canned product, and they'll have one.

It's made for the big number 10 cans, but it will work on regular houshold sized ones too.

http://www.edlundco.com/co_manual.html

Kung Fu BBQ
04-06-2008, 06:30 PM
yup, what he ^ said. Those are the best. Fast and reliable. I worked at one place for 7 years and we never changed it out.

Kevin
04-06-2008, 06:32 PM
I got a Kitchen Aid thinking that would be the answer. Wrong.
My bride uses an electric. I can't get that to work either.
I too would like to get a can opener that opens cans.

Wi-Doe-Maker
04-06-2008, 06:33 PM
I looked at them but my wife had a hissy fit!!! A bit too large for the home kitchen...but..if my kitchen was larger I'd own it in a heartbeat!! Second choices???

Professor Salt
04-06-2008, 06:37 PM
I've had good luck with my Zyliss tools (garlic press especially). Although I don't own their can opener, it's the first household brand I'd look into.

http://www.zylissusa.com/Products.asp?CategoryID=7#Category24

eagle697
04-06-2008, 06:53 PM
Try these.
http://www.amazon.com/Swing-A-Way-1707-Swing-Away-Opener/dp/B0000505IZ

I've had one for 4 years now. I love it and have never had a single problem with it. You can get a smaller one as well.

BBQ Grail
04-06-2008, 06:56 PM
Every can opener we've bought sucks! Except the old school, hand held opener we bought awhile ago. No high tech when it comes to can openers.

Professor Salt
04-06-2008, 07:02 PM
Ooh, I've forgotten about the Swing Away. I've had several of these over the years, and they're an excellent old school, vertical cutting opener.

qman
04-06-2008, 07:13 PM
[quote=Kevin;607299]I got a Kitchen Aid thinking that would be the answer. Wrong.
My bride uses an electric. I can't get that to work either.
I too would like to get a can opener that opens cans.[/quote

Kevin, Kitchen Aide manual or electric?
If we are talking the manual--it is a old-school vertical opener. Problem is they make two versions: one for mass marketers [Walmart, etc] and another heavier higher quality one that is sold in places like Willams Sanoma, Linens are Us, BBand Beyond.

I have had one of the better ones for several years after throwing everything else, including all the side-cutters away.
My sister bought one at wallyworld, thinking it was the same, and it is a real POS.
Her husband would not believe there was a difference, till I took mine to their house and we put them on the scale. Mine weighed almost twice what hers did. They look the same, though.

Kevin
04-06-2008, 07:21 PM
[quote=Kevin;607299]I got a Kitchen Aid thinking that would be the answer. Wrong.
My bride uses an electric. I can't get that to work either.
I too would like to get a can opener that opens cans.[/quote

Kevin, Kitchen Aide manual or electric?
If we are talking the manual--it is a old-school vertical opener. Problem is they make two versions: one for mass marketers [Walmart, etc] and another heavier higher quality one that is sold in places like Willams Sanoma, Linens are Us, BBand Beyond.

I have had one of the better ones for several years after throwing everything else, including all the side-cutters away.
My sister bought one at wallyworld, thinking it was the same, and it is a real POS.
Her husband would not believe there was a difference, till I took mine to their house and we put them on the scale. Mine weighed almost twice what hers did. They look the same, though.

Right on as usual Qman. I got the Wally World version. Based on your experience I'll hit Kohl's (closest thing we have to the retailers you listed) next weekend and get a "real" KA.

Thanks for the input.

K I N G P I N
04-06-2008, 07:28 PM
I use a P51.

Wi-Doe-Maker
04-06-2008, 07:29 PM
I just went and looked at the swing away online and the under counter looks real good!! Nice Long handle for leverage...will they handle a #10 can occasionally ???

capri man
04-06-2008, 08:12 PM
Try these.
http://www.amazon.com/Swing-A-Way-1707-Swing-Away-Opener/dp/B0000505IZ

I've had one for 4 years now. I love it and have never had a single problem with it. You can get a smaller one as well.

i have had one of those for about 2 years now. best and easiest working opener i have ever owned!! got mine at the local ace hardware store.

Kentuckiana Gib
04-06-2008, 09:58 PM
I've got an old Army C-ration can opener that I've been using for 50 years mainly for camping. Takes a bit but it's always been there when needed. Other than that I just use the hand held punch and turn type replacing it when the blade and gear dulls every couple of years. There are a bunch of different quality units made and you just have to find a quality one. Try ATK's for product testing.

jestridge
04-06-2008, 10:21 PM
I use a P51. John Wayne???

BBQchef33
04-06-2008, 11:55 PM
i know ya said comercial grade, but for home use, i have had this for a couple of years.

http://www.amazon.com/One-Touch-Can-Opener-Seen/dp/B000HWLNIY

I have 3 of them and they work on 99% of the stuff. It has a problem with really small cans and the heavier steel cans, but i think any electric would and thats when I go to a braun(?) manual side cutter.

eagle697
04-07-2008, 05:43 AM
I just went and looked at the swing away online and the under counter looks real good!! Nice Long handle for leverage...will they handle a #10 can occasionally ???

I open them fairly regularly. Never had a problem. Be sure you get the full sized one. They make a mini too. I use it to open cat food with. It is great as well, but the larger one gives you much more leverage, especially on bigger cans.

boberosabbq
04-07-2008, 06:23 AM
I've had good luck with my Zyliss tools (garlic press especially). Although I don't own their can opener, it's the first household brand I'd look into.

http://www.zylissusa.com/Products.asp?CategoryID=7#Category24

Have had thier can open for 2 years no problems

swamprb
04-07-2008, 07:07 AM
I've had the Swing Away forever and never had a problem with it. I always wash it when I'm done using it.

smokeandbeer
04-07-2008, 07:07 AM
I have had one of these for about 7 years, and it still works as good as the day it was new...

http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/catalog/product.jsp?productId=603&categoryCode=CE

The beauty of it is that it cuts the can so the edges are perfectly smooth (no nicks or cuts) and the lid is cut so cleanly that you can put it back on top of the can for storage of leftover ingredients. The lid doesn't fit a securely as tupperware, but it is pretty snug after being cut off. I just like it because it doesn't leave any jagged edges, and has lasted as long as it has. If this one ever broke, I would look for another one in a heartbeat....

gotwood
04-07-2008, 12:08 PM
bought a kitchen aid hand opener...looked sturdy and most kitchen aid stuff seems pretty good...
well it sucks

MAsQue
04-07-2008, 01:03 PM
This is like a home vesion of the Edlund commercial can opener; you don't have the little twist-handle:

http://www.amazon.com/review/product/B0000505J1/ref=_dp_top?%5Fencoding=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

RichardF
04-07-2008, 01:25 PM
I use a P51.


I like the Lockheed version :wink:

http://www.p-38.net/images/canopener.jpg

bbqbull
04-07-2008, 01:32 PM
We got a hand powered one from a Pamper Chef.
It removes the entire top of the can and seems to be holding up fine. 2 years old and counting.
Ive broken those cheap Walmart ones. They last about a week for me.

Bill-Chicago
04-07-2008, 01:34 PM
We love using the Gizmo

http://www.blackanddeckerappliances.com/dyn/prod/thumb/214/Gizmo-Can-opener-white.jpg

Dr_KY
04-07-2008, 01:50 PM
Swing-away all day long. The Rösle Can Opener, Model #12751, and Hoffritz Stainless is supposed to be a hot ticket too.

Dr_KY
04-07-2008, 01:55 PM
I like the Lockheed version :wink:

http://www.p-38.net/images/canopener.jpg
I have one of those in my tool box and it took ages for me to figure out how to use it. lol

WannaBeBBQueen
04-07-2008, 06:58 PM
Did someone say SWING-A-WAY...cause that's the one that lasts forever and ever, highly recommended, easy to use no batteries or plugs. I've had mine for more than 10 years :biggrin:

Rusty_Barton
04-07-2008, 07:11 PM
Try these.
http://www.amazon.com/Swing-A-Way-1707-Swing-Away-Opener/dp/B0000505IZ

I've had one for 4 years now. I love it and have never had a single problem with it. You can get a smaller one as well.

I second Swing-Away. We own one like that pictured. We bought it in the late 1980's and it's still going strong.

tonto1117
04-07-2008, 07:14 PM
The best can opener is Parrothead with a can of spam...:-P. Can't find the pic though...anyone??

h20loo
04-08-2008, 07:03 AM
Swingaway for 30 years. Electrics came and went, side openers found the garbage but the Swingaway just keeps on going. Does need occassional cleaning LOL

Wi-Doe-Maker
04-08-2008, 08:57 AM
Well after so much research and expert Brethren advise..I'm now the proud owner of a Swing Away..I couldn't wait to get home and open something..it works like a charm!!! Now we'll see how it endures the "Test of Time", Thanks to the gang here for ALL the help!!!........Wi-Doe