It's an EZ-DUZ-IT manual. I thought my Swingaway would last forever,
but I guess it wore out. I got a deluxe heavy-duty no-name model at the
corner store. It seemed very strong but soon broke.
Some say Swingaway isn't what it used to be, and EZ-DUZ-IT is like the
old Swingaways. So I got one.
It worked fine on 15-ounce cans, but 27-ounce cans are made of heavier
steel. Turning the handle was so hard that I was sure the opener
wouldn't last long.
There was a burr on the cutting disk. Maybe it came from the factory
with a burr, or maybe the original edge was too acute for a heavy can. I
honed it, and it cuts a lot easier.
I like WD-40 for cleaning gunky can openers. It would hazardous to
inhale but is evidently harmless to ingest in trace amounts. I wonder if
it does any harm by driving out lubricant. Why don't can openers have
In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:00:03 -0400, J Burns
I've been using 2-handled hand can openers. The only thing better is
wall-can openers, and hand can openers have the advantage that you can
put a heavy can on the table and not worry that it will fall on the
floor if the wall can opener somehow loses its grip. . No electricity
in either case.
When one stopped working, I saw one at the supermarket at half price and
bought and used it.
Then I used WD-40 on the first one and now I have two.
Then I needed one for a picnic and bought one at the dollar store.
Definitely not as good as either of the others, both harder to squeeze
in the first time and harder to turn the handle, , but also only a
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:17:51 -0400, micky
And yes, harmless. First I doubt if 1/1000th of a gram total ever gets
to the food. The things lubed are the cutting wheel axle and the crank
axle. But say some gets ont the cutting wheel. Wipe it off, for gosh
sakes. And if you don't, most gets wiped off on the inside of the can,
Well, for the first rotation of the cutting wheel. After that it's
pretty clean. If you pour the food past that part of the can, much of
what's on the can gets wiped into the food. Let's assume it's spinach,
which is heavy and wipes the can pretty well. It's still not enough to
worry me. If I had a kid, I'd wipe the WD-40 off the cutting wheel.
My phrase "trace amounts" was sort of exaggerated. This is from the MSDS.
"Ingestion: This product has low oral toxicity. Swallowing may cause
gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. This product
is an aspiration hazard. If swallowed, can enter the lungs and may cause
chemical pneumonitis, severe lung damage and death."
As long as you don't drink enough for vomit to end up in your lungs, you
should be fine.
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:20:20 -0400, J Burns
I think so too.
Once I told my brother, a board certified radiologist, that I had
inhaled some insulation off an electric wire, (I guess because I
stripped it with my teeth.). He said, Don't worry about it.
In my two hand-held openers that failed, I don't recall sloppy bearings.
I think one had instructions with a warning not to submerge it. Maybe
rust, not wear, is the potential problem for bearings. Maybe WD-40 is a
great lubricant for that purpose. I hope Stormy doesn't read this. A
flame war is a terrible thing, once it gets started.
Can manufacturer are always looking for metals that are a little thinner
and lighter. Maybe these new metals are harder. That might explain why I
didn't experience my first failure until I was over 60, and my second
came shortly afterward. It could also explain why Amazon customers say
Swingaways aren't as good as they once were. Maybe they are as good,
but some cans are tougher.
Amazon has a good hand-cranked table model for $114.
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:31:05 -0400, J Burns
I sort of doubt the metal is any tougher. I can more easily imagine
that it is thinner, and the design of the opener depends on dimensions
of the can being the same. Of course, how thinness could make things
not work i haven't figure out yet!
For that money it should be good.
I'm on my second Swingaway. The second one used the same bracket as the
first, so that was good. But right now there are boxes in the way fo
the closet so I ccan't get to it. That means it won't wear out, which is
good, but if there are cans it can't open, I won't know until Spring
cleaning. And I doubt that you and I eat the same things.
I don't remember any cans as tough to open as the 27-ounce cans I've
opened in the last 5 years. I thought the gauge must be heavier, but I
measured and it's not.
Full cans get dropped. If they dent, and especially if they bulge,
consumers may reject them. If they use thinner metal to save weight, the
metal will have to be harder to resist denting and bulging.
From cutting large cans, my Swingaway developed too much space between
the cutter and the toothed wheel to cut smaller cans reliably. If the
smaller cans are made of thinner metal, that could help explain why
there's room for the cutter to push the metal out of the way instead of
Don't tell me you're one of those fussy eaters who remove the eyeballs
and scales before steaming carp on brown rice!
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