- Distributor – Manufacturer.
- Orientation – Vertical.
- Product size – 5×4.5×12 inches (12.7×11.4×30.5 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.
This can crusher by Jed Mart is a tool that can compress aluminum cans down to 10-20% of its original size, which will save up large amount of space in your trash and will reduce the number of trips to the recycling facility. If you have browsed other single can crushers the design of this tool will be familiar to you as many other manufacturers also sell similarly looking can crushers.
The tool is made from a heavy gauge steel and is painted in a gray color with a black handle. The looks and design of the crusher is not the most creative, but it is a practical tool that must crush cans and is not an interior accessory for your kitchen. The steel material works very well for the body of the crusher which is durable and will withstand continuous usage, but the moving parts of the crusher are not that durable. These include the crushing mechanism and the hinges, which are the weak point of this tool. From the usage perspective this tool is very easy to use thanks to the long crushing handle, but later with the usage.
The crusher is designed to take cans up to 12 oz size, which includes regular 12 oz soda and beer cans. The tool cannot be used to crush large 16 oz cans, such as most energy drink cans, so to crush these you will need to look for a 16 oz can crusher. If you want to crush 12 oz aluminum cans in non-standard shape (taller cans), you will need to compress the can a bit with hands so it fits into the crusher.
The main advantage of the tool is its cheap price. The tool costs below 10 dollars, which is really cheap for a tool that can help you save a lot of space and which will also help you make some money by taking empty aluminum cans to a sorting facility and getting paid for aluminum from these cans. The crusher is perfect if you just want to try out what this tool is and how it works, because even if you manage to damage the crushing mechanism after few months of usage, we guarantee that you still will enjoy the fun out of can crushing with a tool that costs below 10 dollars.
Before using the tool you first must install it and because this is a vertical crusher, it must be installed to a vertical surface such as wall. The crusher has got predrilled mounting holes that allows to install it to a wall. Installation of the tool is pretty simple and should take you couple of minutes. When you have installed the crusher to a wall, first test out if all parts move correctly and do not rub against each other. If you hear a rubbing noise, lube hinges and the crushing mechanism. Before starting to crush all you can find in your room, remember that this is not a heavy duty tool and hinges of the crusher are pretty fragile so the tool must only be used to crush aluminum cans and not steel or tin food cans. If you want to compress food cans you can look at this foot operated can crusher. The crushing is as simple as pushing up the leveler, inserting an empty aluminum can into the opening and pulling down the leveler to crush a can. Than you can take the compressed can out of the crusher and throw it into a trash bag. We found that the construction of the tool us pretty flimsy, so denting sides of a can before inserting it into the crusher and compressing it will take a lot of force off the tool and will improve its lifespan. Another thing we found is that the handle does not stay up and drops down, especially if you lube the hinges, but this is not a huge problem, as you can simply pull the handle up to insert a can. Remember that taller cans won’t fit into the crusher, so you will have to compress the can with your hands down to a size that fits into the crusher or need to purchase a 16 oz crusher.
Dimensions of Jed Mart 12 oz can crusher are 5×4.5×12 inches (12.7×11.4×30.5 cm) and weight of the tool is approx. 2 pounds (0.9 kg).
- Very cheap price for a tool that will help you save space and earn some money while recycling cans;
- Compresses cans down to a very small size at approx. 1 inch (2.5 cm) height;
- Simple and quick to install and easy to use.
- The hinges and crushing mechanism are not especially durable and will get damaged with a higher force;
- Won’t take larger than regular 12 oz cans.