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Old 03-23-2016, 12:53 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone has bought one of the seemingly 'too good to be true' stelvin cappers from China, via Alibaba?

http://www.alibaba.com/product-detai...838.0.0.We9w6J

I own and operate a small scale fruit winery in Queensland, Australia and currently use Novatwists to seal my bottles. I'm looking to upgrade to Stelvin closures, but can't justify the $10k machines. This Alibaba alternative seems perfect, but I can't quite believe that it'll do the job.

Has anyone had experience with this kind of machine?

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Old 03-23-2016, 05:55 AM   #2
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Might I point out that the supplier sells one set minimums of 420 so at 300 apiece it would cost $126,000. I would rather spend 10000 for one, unless of course you have over 400 close friends who all want to purchase one.
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:47 AM   #3
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I am not seeing that, looks like minimum order is one set or one unit? Or ~$400 FOB means shipping is not included in the price.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:28 AM   #4
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It looks like 1 set is the minimum and 1 set is 420 units.
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I see that as the price is dependent on how many units (sets) you purchase (which is typical) and the price varies between $300 and 420 depending on the number of sets purchased.

Guess we need to purchase one to see!
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:11 AM   #6
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That might indeed be the case here. It is always hard to tell when there is a bit of translation involved. I figured it was for a shipping container full holding 420 units but that may be the price like you say. Greg you want the be the guinea pig?
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Nope, not me.
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For 300 I wouldn't mind one at home. I would jump on it in a heartbeat but I'm sure the shipping would kill me. Plus I would like to see a you tube video of it working. It seams like there might be something missing on the head. Is that extra? I have seriously looked into these for commercial use and was quoted about 6500 for a single bottle machine hand fed.

 
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:16 PM   #9
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I'm glad I'm not the only one intrigued/dubious about this product!

They've sent me a video of it working on a glass bottle, but it was an olive oil bottle, not a wine bottle with a stelvin/ROPP closure, so I've asked to see a video of that too.

I automatically assumed that "a set" was just one unit, so I'll need to clarify that too. I'm still not sure if I'm brave enough to be the guinea pig....

 
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One thing I will say about it that it looks like the head would be a real bear to adjust. I assume all those bolt things are to crimp threads as it spins and if you look at them they all have set screw adjustments.
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