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A Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener Review Won't Answer These 17 Questions

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★★★★★ A Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener review will not answer these 17 questions. Get the truth from people who own a Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener, including the fact that it won't...

QUESTION: WHER E IS IT MADE?
The older Swing-A-Way opener (RED handle) was made in the USA and had "MADE IN USA" stamped into the metal of the opener. The newer one (BLACK handle) does not have the 'MADE IN USA" stamp. According to an email response from AMCO, most of their products are now made in China according to specifications and quality control set by AMCO. I have both the older one (made in USA) and the newer one. Although most likely made in China, the newer one appears to be of equal quality. I gave my old one to my son as he left for college and ordered the new one. I have used the new one for about 18 months on a regular basis and I believe that it works just as well as the older one ever did and I expect it to last just as long. The old one was probably 15 yrs old when I sent it with my son.
The last one I had - the defective one - was made in China
They are now made in China. The China made black handle that I have is made really good. I also just purchased a brand new original made in USA Swing-A-Way red handle at auction. The Chinese made and the USA made look identical except for the handle. The black handle China made version has thicker handles. The China version weighs 9.6 oz., and the original USA version weighs 9.1 oz. The weight difference is most likely due to the thicker handles of the black version. If the gears and the cutter are hardened properly, then I think that the China made version would be every bit as good as the original USA version.
I honestly don't know Mary. I've thoroughly searched for some engraved writing on the unit to find where it was made without any luck. I threw the packaging away as I'm sure the package indicated where it was made. Perhaps I'm imagining things, but it seems to me that the packaging stated that it was made in the USA. I could be wrong. I hope this helps you out a little bit. One last thing is that mine is red instead of black. I doubt that it makes a difference, but just in case it does....
we have a limited stock from the white amco can opener you can find it at item #B001W9QVDI Copy the number in the Amazon search box.
Swing-A-Way portable can opener Model 407 with black handles is made in China.
I looked all over it, and I couldn't find anywhere saying where it was made. However, this has worked great for my family and I. It's the most simple design and isn't one of those hoity, toity, break-in-a-month devices.
Amco Houseworks is in Illinois. The can opener does not have a stamp on it as to where it was made
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QUESTION: DOES IT CUT THE INSIDE OF THE LID (SO THE LID WILL FALL IN AND GOOD FOR DRAINING) OR DOES IT DO THE SAFETY EDGE?
It cuts the inside of lid so it will fall in
It cuts the inside of the lid and, in that respect, is good for draining.
The lid will fall in as I remember using it as I don't use a lot o canned products.
Yes it cuts the inside of the lid.
Yes, cuts inside the lid so it will fall in.
It cuts on the inside (the old-fashioned way), no safety edge. It cuts the lid really easily.
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QUESTION: IF THIS IS SUCH A GREAT CAN OPENER THEN WHY DID A FEW PEOPLE SAY IT DOESN'T CONSISTENTLY CUT OR IS CHEAPLY MADE?
My can open has not caused me ANY problems. I cook 3 meals a day for a house of 8, its in constant use with no complaints. The people asked my opinion, I gave it and stand buy it. If you have doubts pick one of the other choices available
I can't say. That description fits every other can opener I've had in the last 20 years. This one works like they used to in the 60's..... in other words, it works.
There is some indication that the company has switched manufacturers somewhere in China. Quality is determined by three things: 1) design, 2) materials, 3) manufacturing quality control. Perhaps one or both of last two has changed. If #3 has changed, it is possible for some individual units to still be good, but others to be junk.
I stand by my review. These can openers have lasted me for years. I can't say why others may have found them faulty. I have not had a poor experience with them in the past 30+ years. Eventually, after many years, they do dull and fail --- THEN I replace mine.
it's a cheap chinese knock off, i bought three and all three failed in a few months, the wall mount model never worked right. the ez-duz-it made in america works great. only time will tell, how great.
I guess a few people said it is cheaply made because it is cheaply made. It's priced accordingly. You will have to ask them why they said doesn't consistently cut, because only they can tell you that. Mine works fine.
because some people can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
If the 407 BK is same model# that was put out many, many years ago wouldn't it be against the law if there's a material or design change? Or do laws matter anymore?
Umm.. maybe because everyone has a different opinion?
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QUESTION: IS THE CRANK HANDLE METAL OR PLASTIC?
The crank handle is metal.
The crank handle is metal.
It is metal. Nice and wide and easy to grip. The grip handles are metal with plastic grips--strong and durable (not that you asked, but just to clarify if someone wondered).
Metal with plastic where hands go.
The crank handle is metal. It's all metal except the black rubber coating shown Very well made, works perfectly every time. You will not be disappointed :-)
Metal
plastic
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QUESTION: I WANT A CAN OPENER THAT DOESN'T RUST. IS THIS IT?
I have put mine in the dishwasher and hasn't rusted yet. So yes is the answer. This is it.
This thing is great. No rust and works like w champ!
i have only had the swing a way can opener for a little while but i do not think it is going to rust.
I've had a Swing-A-Way can opener for around a decade, and it is now rusty. It is still sharp and has served us well over the last decade. I can't say if this one is exactly like the one that I have as they may have modified its composition, however, it appears very similar.
I've had one for 2+ years and it only just started to rust. Much better than a lot of other products.
Not sure yet. I've only had it a week. Seems like a regular can opener. Nothing special about it.
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QUESTION: CAN THIS CAN OPENER BE USED EASILY BY A LEFT-HANDED PERSON?
Yes. I'm left handed and ironically it seems a little easier for a left hander to use because a little higher dexterity is needed for the hand holding the handle with it clamped down on the can, which would be your left hand, while all your right hand has to do is turn the knob.
I'm not sure. I'm right handed but it turned so easily and smooth that I think someone left handed can use it without a problem.
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QUESTION: I JUST GOT THIS CAN OPENER AND I JUST TESTED AND IT'S GREAT, BUT IS IT SUPPOSE TO BE THAT LOSE? I CAN MAKE IT DO A 180...
There's nothing loose about it.I use the 180 to it up for cleanig in the dishwasher. it does not affect the actual can opening.
Yes, it can pivot on the hinge all the way back until both handles go past forming a straight line, which is fine, doesn't affect opening cans at all.
If you mean, reverse direction, nope. The crank handle comes loose on mine. Forward, I can only make it a couple turns, then it rides up and bends the lip of the can.
Mine does that too, suppose that's the way they are made
mine is also kind of loose. but it can handle calmex tin cans, and that is a feat other can openers i had simply didn't do.
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QUESTION: HOW LONG DOES IT LAST, EVERY CAN OPENER I HAVE BOUGHT AS OF LATE HAS BROKEN WITHIN A YEAR.
This is the best can opener I have ever owned. Much more solid than previous ones owned.
I've only had mine since August 2015. Still looks and works like new (since it is). My last one lasted almost 30 years. Still works but a bit dull so I bought a new one.
I've only had it for a few months, but it works great. Seems very sturdy.
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QUESTION: HOW LONG DOES THIS LAST?
so far so good but it seems to be made well. I am glad I ordered it (plus it was on sale which influenced my decision to buy it).
I had my first one ( still do ) for 10 years. It works today as it did from day one. I love this product.
the last one i bought lasted 15 years but i washed and rinsed it as soon as i used it. i brush the cutter blades to keep them extra clean love this can opener!!!
I had my last one for probably close to 10 years before the blade got too dull to use. I've bought other brands, even more expensive, that don't last nearly as long.
That depends on how often you use it. For a manual can opener this lasts as long or longer than anything else out there. Very heavy duty for the price.
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QUESTION: ? I'VE HAD F/35YRS (FINALLY GOT ONE OF THESE AGAIN)-WHAT IS THE LITTLE CUTTING HOLE ON THE SIDE FOR? WE ALWAYS THOUGHT THERE WERE FOR SLICING FINGERS
To open bottles
It is a bottle opener.
Beer
If you are referring to the round hole, I've always thought it was there so you could more easily remove gook from the teeth of the can opener.
The hole on the side is for assembling the cutting wheel.
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QUESTION: ARE THE HANDLES YOU HOLD ON TO, NOT THE CRANK, PLASTIC OR COVERED METAL?
Covered metal. It's the best can opener I've had in along time, no thrills just does the job.
Metal -I love this can opener. So smooth and fast. The best can opener I have ever owned. Makes me feel like I've been suffering for years with other (way more expensive) tools.
Appear to be plastic enclosing metal underneath, but it's hard to tell.
Metal covered in rubber
They are covered in a foam material. Easy to grip and fairly easy to get stuff off of with a wet rag.
They are metal covered with the black plastic material.
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QUESTION: DOES THIS OPEN ROUND EDGED CANS LIKE SOME TUNA OR FOREIGN CANS?
Yes this works just fine for tuna cans and foreign cans as well.
This is a piece of crap!
No, terrible product...! Broke after 3 uses ... Got it for dog food cans, to keep separate... Had to go to store and get another. Don't buy
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QUESTION: DOES THIS CUT THE LID AWAY COMPLETELY AND CLEANLY? HARD TO FIND ONE THAT DOES NOT LEAVE THE LID HANGING FROM A SLIVER OF METAL.
It is easy to use, crank smoothly, and yes it take the lid off
The one I purchased does indeed cut the lid completely off. It is the best can opener that I have ever owned
Yes. It's very smooth. Very happy with it.
Yes it does.
This is the best can opener you will ever buy. It cuts the lid totally free. It works for ages! Mine keep disappearing to the lake, work, adult childrens homes.
No, mine leaves that tiny sliver 75% of the time or more. It is very annoying.
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QUESTION: I HAVE THE OLD ONE MADE IN THE USA BUT I NEED REPLACEMENT BLADE. WHERE TO GET???
Hi, There is no more made in USA. You can search for the white color that is still available a limited quantity.
You can search online for replacement blade for your model number. Let me know if this was any help.
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QUESTION: IS IT TRUE THAT IT TAKES 2 TO 4 MONTHS TO SHIP?
right now Amazon's listing is on back order. If you need it sooner I would buy from on of the other sellers on the listing. Go to the bottom of the listing and click on the blue color that says "11 new" It will bring up the other companies that are selling the same thing but will ship out in 1 to 2 days and then shipping will be about 3 to 7 days for you to receive the item. Thank you for the question. Juicers and Juicing
That is incorrect. Each seller sets their own shipping time. We ship within 2 business days.
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QUESTION: IS IT DISWASHER SAFE?
The manufacture suggests hand washing only.
Yes it would be okay if you used it in the dishwasher.
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QUESTION: ARE THE GEARS AND CUTTER DURABLE? THE OLD USA MODEL HAD HIGH-CARBON COMPONENTS. ALL THE NEW CAN OPENERS I SEE HAVE SOFT METAL GEARS-NOT GOOD!
I really do not know if they are soft metal or high carbon. I do know that it works as well as the Swing-A-Way from years ago and seems to keep going.
The old USA made model had a carbide cutter, high carbon non-carbide cam, and plain stamped steel gears (not especially high carbon) but it really doesn't need high carbon gears. After many years of use the gears on mine look brand new still.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE AMAZON ASIN NUMBER FOR THIS PRODUCT?
The ASIN is B001CDEFK0

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