- Distributor – GL.
- Orientation – Vertical.
- Product size – 12x5x3.5 inches (30.5x13x9 cm).
- Material – Steel.
- Maximum can size – 12 oz.
- Color – Grey.
- Automatic dispensing – No.
- Collection bin – No.
- Multiple can holder – No. Holds 1 can at time.
Can crusher sold by GL is a tool that is used to crush 12 oz aluminum cans. The crusher has got a simple design very similar to crushers made by other companies. Can crusher is made from a pretty light steel material, which does not have the best quality and may start to bend on heavier use, because of that we don’t recommend using it to crush cans from other materials than aluminum including tin and steel food cans. Although the seller notes that all parts of this crusher are made from a 100% steel, we found that many plastic can crushers are a lot durable than this tool, for example, easy pull can crusher or EZ can crusher.
GL 12 oz can crusher is a vertical can crusher and needs to be mounted to a wall. The crusher comes with all mounting hardware, so you can mount it to a wall and use it right away. Wall mounted crushers are generally more easier to use than horizontal, table top crusher, and so is this crusher, but later with that.
From the good side the price for this crusher is very attractive costing less than 10 dollars. If you are a moderate user of aluminum cans and need to crush just few cans a day or week, you can actually save some amount of money and purchase this can crusher. There are other bonuses for the tool, which makes it even more appealing for the price. It has got a soft handle that makes it easier to hands when you need to crush a lot of cans. Also there is a bottle opener on the bottom part of the crusher, so when you install it to a wall, it can be used not only for crushing empty aluminum cans, but also to open glass bottles. All in all, from the design and price point this crusher does not differ from similar crushers from other brands.
GL can crusher can be used to crush up to 4.75 inches (12 cm) tall and 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide 12 oz aluminum cans. Cans will get compressed down to 20% of its original size. The weight of the unit is approx. 2.5 pounds (1.2 kg). One of the biggest advantages of this can crusher is that it is very easy to use. It has got a long handle with a soft grip that allows to compress 12 oz cans with ease, even so easy that kids can use it. You can crush lots of cans with it and won’t feel tired. However, as we previously mentioned, we do not recommend this can crusher for heavy use, as the steel material it is made of is quite weak. Same as with other steel can crushers with the same design, we suggest pinching cans in the middle before inserting them into the crusher. This will take a lot of pressure off the crushing mechanism and reduce a possibility that the crusher could get damaged. Many will also find the bottle opener on the bottom of the crusher a useful feature.
All in all, to buy this crusher or not depends on your needs. It certainly is not a durable crusher and won’t last for a long time on heavy use, but on the other hand it is very cheap and easy to use, so if you want to try by yourself what a can crusher is and how it works, you can look at this crusher or similar 12 oz crushers from other companies.
- Cheap price, costs less than 10 dollars;
- Easy to use, takes a little force to crush cans;
- Useful features such a soft grip on the handle and a bottle opener at the bottom of the crusher.
- Made from a weak steel material.
- Not suited for heavy usage as the crushing mechanism might break.