- Distributor – Harbor Freight Tools.
- Orientation – Vertical.
- Product size – 13x3x4 inches (33×7.8×10.2 cm).
- Material – Steel.
- Maximum can size – 16 oz.
- Color – Grey.
- Automatic dispensing – No.
- Collection bin – No.
- Multiple can holder – No. Holds 1 can at time.
Harbor Freight Tools crusher is one of the best selling 16 oz single can crushers, but users of the crusher have mixed reviews about the quality of the product. We will review this tool in more depth, to give you a verdict whether this tool is up to task and can crush 16 oz cans without problems.
The can crusher is made from a 16 gauge steel material and not only the body of the crusher is made from steel, but also other parts as crushing mechanism and the handle. While first you might think that because the crusher is made from steel it automatically is durable and will crush all sorts of cans without any problems, but actually that is not the case with this tool. The steel frame of the crusher, same as we have seen with other similar designed single can crushers is not the most durable type of steel and will get damaged pretty easily if you don’t take care when using the crusher. The crusher is painted in a simple metallic gray color with black hinges and handle. The crusher also has got a powder coat finish, so you can use the tool not only indoors but also outdoors.
The crusher is made to crush aluminum cans up to 16 oz size, which is an advantage of this crusher, because it can be used to crush not only 16 oz cans but also cans in a smaller size such as 12 oz cans. The crusher features a long leveler, which makes the crushing process easy, the handle is made with a soft cushion grip which makes the crushing process more comfortable. Again, very similar design we have seen on other single can crushers.
Harbor Freight Tools 16 oz crusher comes with all mounting hardware necessary to install the crusher. As this is a vertical can crusher it must be mounted to a wall. There are four mounting holes on the body of the tool and total of four screws are needed to install the crusher to a wall. If you are not comfortable with the quality of screws that came with the crusher or notice that the crusher starts to come out of wall in the crushing process, we suggest that you buy stronger mounting screws to install the crusher.
The usage of the crusher is very simple and similar to other single can crushers. Thanks to the long leveler the crushing process takes a little effort and even kids can use the crusher. The padded handle is great for comfort, if you need to compress a lot of cans. But there are some disadvantages of the tool also. First, the tool has got a flimsy construction that can be easily damaged, if not used with care. There are few tips you need to know before using the crusher, or else the crusher might break on the first use. We and many other users recommend to squeeze a can in the sides before inserting it into the crusher, as it will take a lot of pressure off the crusher and will make the crushing process a lot more easier. Also we recommend to lube the crusher before using it and than whenever the mechanism starts to stuck just lube the moving parts and continue to use the tool. Another weakness of the tool is that the handle tends to drop down and does not stay in an upward position. The most important thing to remember is to squeeze sides of a can in, so less force is being applied to the tool, which will definitely prolong the lifetime of the tool.
The size of the tool is 13x3x4 inches (33×7.8×10.2 cm) and the weight of the tool is approx. 2.2 pounds (1 kg). Harbor Freight Tools provides a 90 day warranty for the crusher.
- Very cheap price costing less than 10 dollars;
- Simple and easy to use;
- Will crush aluminum cans up to 16 oz size and also smaller 12 oz cans.
- Weak construction, although made from steel;
- Flimsy and must be used with care, or the crusher might break on first use;
- The handle tends to drop down;
- The same design we have seen on single can crushers from other companies.