unfortunately I agree with the previous speaker. had I known that you wanted one, you could have my as a thanks for the seeds and the new testament you sent me Levi. I don't like it and use other stuff the few times I cut my tobacco.Only because you asked, okay ...
I've got one of these - I know it intimately, and hate every facet of it.
If anyone asked me what I think of it I'd tell them, honestly, it's a complete waste of money - overpriced, badly designed and essentially useless after the first pound or two goes through it.
When starting any new 'hobby', in the absence of good advice it's easy to make plenty of mistakes when buying the necessary equipment. Buying this junky Swedish plastic 'thing' probably stands as my biggest blunder.
That is one thing I don’t like about it. The blades were gummed up immediately and I tried to clean it with alcohol. The alcohol did no service or magic for me. My wife is up my rear end. Oh the trials of finding a machine that will workA common problem with many of the tobacco shredders introduced around 2010, and for a few years after that, is that they were not self-cleaning, and were indeed difficult to manually clean. Some folks have used various spirits (vodka, etc.) to clean such shredders immediately after each use, and felt that they performed better for longer.
The Cuthof seems to have been designed from the concept of a common cheese grater from 50 years ago. If the cutting drum is metal, then frequent, thorough cleaning and perhaps lightly lubricating the metal with a cooking spray (like PAM with canola) may keep it going for much longer.
The only shred that I've seen that fine is from a commercial Japanese guillotine knife (with one side of the blade--toward the tobacco block--perfectly flat, and only the opposite edge sharpened), made of the finest Japanese culinary steel.
If you decide the Cuthof is not to your liking for tobacco shred, try using it for an ultra-fine cheddar shred.
I do the same thing with my cheep shredder ones it dries out a few turns and it’s all clear. I have watched the video several times trying to judge the density of the plug.I suspect that the video only looks like a pipe tobacco style brick. The plug maker they sell doesn't look like it would be capable of the kind of concussion capable bricks that I make, and have bought from commercial pipe tobacco makers. It's like a hand turning allen key apparatus.
So I wouldn't wet it too much. I would also try to keep the bricks to a more reasonable density.
I never clean my cheapo hand crank shredder. I let it dry out between shreddings. Before the next batch I give it a good dozen turns and a major portion of the crusted on gum comes off.
For the price I was expecting a steel machine and drum... they never showed the curved blades. Had they done so I would have scratched it immediately. I was expecting the blade to be fixed straight across the drum. As soon as I got it out of the box I took it all apart and the first thing I noticed was those little plastic nipples in the center of the blades. Then I thought to myself yep this things going to crap on me in a week and my wife is going to kick my ass. The plate in the side of mine is also non adjustable and I really dislike that. I love my hobby and my fine Tobacco but I don’t want to be a slave to tobacco milling. I am just trying to get a good quality product and pick up on my production. I love my budget manual shredding machine from WLT but it just can’t handle the volume and the density of some of the tobacco I am trying to push through it. My top 3 toughest leaves for shredding is Latakia, Perique and Fire Cured.Firstly, Levi, I'm sorry to have been the one to deliver the bad news. Take some comfort though, in the knowledge that I also made the same mistake in buying one of these damned things.
Part of the 'mechanism' is a plastic 'slide', secured by the wing-nut on the front. I think that this is supposed to regulate the width of the cut as the blade makes its way through the block.
However, (at least on my 'machine') the plate isn't in any way adjustable and the only way to change the thickness of the shred is to push the pressed block of tobacco either harder or softer.
The 'theory' is that the rotating blades only 'miss' the slide by the width of the desired shred.
The major difficulty lies with the cutting blades; there are two and they are mounted so they curve around the drum. These have to be kept dead-tight, but the primitive way this is done (with three small threaded screws) makes this very difficult to achieve. They are also held in a curved shape by a small plastic 'protrusion' in the middle of the drum (let's call it a 'spigot') - and this is where the big problems start.
After a very short time these spigots simply wear out/off. They have to be small (not much thicker than the blade) in order to have clearance with that plastic 'slide'. So, they don't last long. And once they've gone the blade can move as it cuts. When this happens tobacco traps itself between the blade and the drum. This expands the blade. And when the blade is expanded enough by trapped tobacco it contacts the plastic 'slide' and it starts shaving the slide! If the contact is too great it will simply jam the whole thing and you won't be able to wind it at all.
This happens before you even realise it.
And having tried it, I definitely don't recommend mixing plastic with tobacco if you're in pursuit of the perfect blend.
Levi, it will work okay for a while. But keep an eye on the state of those spigots. If you take the blades off (and sooner or later you'll need to) make sure they go back dead-tight.
It is definitely an advantage to have the block quite moist. If anything feels a bit different as you wind it, stop and check it out. This is the whole difficulty with the damned thing - it's not user-friendly and there's just too much to think about.
I don’t hate it yet but probably will in about 48 hours. There were just to many noticeable design flaws right from unboxing. I think the machine itself can be redesigned as for the drum and cutting blades but will it really be worth the time and effort...I most say that I am sorry to hear that I ain't alone to hate this mashine.. From the start I actually was thinking that my dark (often with rubber feeling) thicker tobacco was the biggest problem for the mashine. And it still can bee one of the problem because Also N.Rustica can have little more rubber feeling (hope you understand me).
I have trying to find my mashine but I or my wife most have been moving it.. I can tell you how it shall work but mine did not make me happy (as I already have told you).
I have been thinking about Perique and to wet tobacco is close to impose to get a good result with in a meat grinder.. so.. hum..