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Excellent (and therapeutic).
on 3 July 2016
This is very strong, and it does a good job of crushing cans down to just over one inch in height.
Before using this, you MUST fix it securely to a vertical surface, such as a solid door or wall (with drilling/plugging as required). It will be subjected to a tremendous amount of force, so don't take shortcuts - it really needs to be ultra secure. I mounted mine onto a wooden panel, which I fixed to the side of a kitchen unit.
I used my own screws for fixing, because the ones supplied weren't very strong - on each one, the crosshead part quickly became knarled and useless, and one actually snapped in the hole.
For the best leverage, if you have somewhere suitable, I think the top handle (when closed) should be at eye height. Mine had to be slightly lower, unfortunately.
Yes, once it was securely fixed, it worked a treat (see photos) and I actually enjoyed using it - I found it strangely therapeutic, crushing the life out of those pesky cans.
Drinks cans were very easy to crush, I just dented them slightly with a quick squeeze (by hand), put them in upright, and pulled the handle right down.
Food cans were more of a challenge, but definitely possible - the instructions said to make big dents in them, by lying them sideways in the crusher. Once dented, they could be reinserted upright, then flattened - I managed.
This is excellent. Once it's properly fixed, it crushes cans very well, and doubles up as a tension reliever :-)
UPDATE - HANDLE BECOMES SLACK AFTER A FEW WEEKS
As other reviewers have noted, after a few weeks, the rivets in the handle loosened up - it still worked perfectly, and I didn't think that the rivets would break, it was more a case of them "wearing in". The problem was, the handle kept falling down, and it looked rather untidy.
Luckily, the handle is made of steel, so I sorted the problem by fitting a couple of strong magnets into the back of the wooden panel on which the crusher was attached. The handle now stays in place as if by magic - job done.