Have lots of 12 or 16 oz cans that you need to crush and are looking for a heavy duty aluminum can crusher to get the job done…and one that will LAST!
We’ve looked at lots, but have only chosen a few.
Can crushers are great if you live in an apartment or small space. Soda cans or beer cans can quickly stack up and become unsightly. By crushing them down, you can reduce the amount of space you need by 75%.
Depending on where you live, you might have to take your cans back to a recycling depot for cash or just for recycling purposes. By using a can crusher, you will take fewer trips to the recycling center because you can take more with each load.
What to Look for in an Aluminum Can Crusher
There are basic components to look for in good quality can crusher:
- Made with steel – it needs to be durable and strong.
- Easy grip handle that won’t slide out of your hand or break off the unit
- Durable hinge – with the repetitive up and down motion of squashing the cans, many units have problems with the hinges breaking.
- Have lots of great reviews from their customers
As will all good can crushers, you will need to bolt them to the thick board, not to your wall (gyprock), otherwise they will rip off the wall once you start using them.
Pacific Precision Metals THE CRUSHER Aluminum Can Compactor
The Crusher – Crushes all 12- and 16-ounce cans to about 1 inch in height
It is completely made with steel and is very durable.
Easy to grab handle which makes it easy to operate.
They provide the bolts to attach the unit to the wall.
It measures 16 inches tall.
Tons of positive reviews (over 1,000). The real negative thing that I found was that when you open it up the lid nicks the wall, so you might want to put a piece of foam or felt there. If you are putting on a board out in the garage, then who cares!
When I found it on Amazon, it was at an great price. You can check it out here.
Video – Can Crusher Customer Review
This video is of a customer who bought the Can Crusher. He has it set up in his apartment and shows how he uses it and his thoughts on the crusher.
Easy Pull Auto Dispensing Can Crusher
Durable nylon, stainless steel, and aluminum
My wife and I have crushed hundreds and hundreds of cans and we love this. Click here to read more reviews…
Through a combination of levers, the can tilts forward as it is crushed. When the handle is then lifted up, the can drops out.
Ideal for placing above a catch bin or trash can.
Only works with 12oz. aluminum cans.
Very interesting to note about this company – they have amazing customer service. When customers have problems – they respond and FIX whatever issue they have!
Many folks were concerned that this crusher wouldn’t work well because it wasn’t 100% steel, but it does! And you don’t have to pick the cans out of the crusher – they drop out into a bin below -just don’t forget to put a bin underneath.
Where to Mount Your Can Crusher
You can pretty much mount your can crusher anywhere that you need it (or where you want to keep your empty cans). In garages, pantries, laundry rooms, basements, at work recreational properties, schools, RV’s, camps and other spots.
Because you will be applying some force, it needs to be mounted solidly – easiest is to find a wall stud. Second, be sure it is at a convenient height for operation. Third, find a location where it is convenient to place a sack or other receptacle under the unit to collect crushed cans.
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