Commercial can openers are necessary for every foodservice operation. Whether it’s a restaurant, café, university, school, hospital, or hotel, they need a commercial-grade unit to open canned ingredients.

What type of can opener is needed in each of these applications, however, varies. This buying guide is to help owners and staff to make the best, educated decision on which can openers offer the features, resilience, and capacities required to meet demands.

To begin, there are three basic designs. They are manual, electric, and crown punch. These terms describe the method used to open cans.

Manual

Manual, for example, uses a hand crank system to insert blades into cans, rotate the cans around the blade, and remove the lid.

Electric

Electric openers have a lever or push-button system. Once the lever is pushed or the button pushed, it automatically draws the can in close, inserts the blade, and rotates the can to cut the lid off. It is quicker than manual openers and it reduces labor.

Crown punch

Crown punch openers are engineered to use pressurized air for the force needed to slice through cans. They completely remove the lid with a single stroke of a blade. They can be manually controlled through a lever, but air-powered models are more effective for high-volume functions.

Now that we’ve discussed what designs are available, here is a quick guide to Edlund models and a breakdown of their capacities.

 

S-11

4-6 cans per minute

50 per day

U-12

4-6 cans per minute

50 per day

#1

4-6 cans per minute

50 per day

#2

4-6 cans per minute

15 per day

SG-2

4 cans per minute

15 per day

G-2

4 cans per minute

15 per day

#266

4-7 cans per minute

75 per day

#203

4-7 cans per minute

75 per day

#270

5-8 cans per minute

200 per day

#700

6-10 cans per minute

200 per day

#610

8-12 cans per minute

400 per day

#625

8-12 cans per minute

2,000 per day

 

The above numbers indicate their maximum capacity.

When searching for the perfect model, you will notice Edlund has additional letters after some models.

For their #270 series, B just means they have a security lock-down bracket. C indicates it includes a gas shock slide bar to accommodate cans larger than foodservice #10. Similarly, M shows that the offering has a magnetic lid remover, a desirable feature for high-volume operations. They speed up the process.

For Edlund’s EDCS series, M indicates mobility with locking casters and F means it has fixed legs.

For their 625 series, A models use an alligator lid removal system and those that end with T are for 5-gallon square nut, pepper, or orange rind cans or 5-gallon round pails.

Edlund’s G-2 series have options with welded stainless steel shafts (WB), long bar cast stainless steel clamp bases (CL), or just long bar plated bases (L). Their S-11 series has models with clamping bases (C), cleaning tools and extra knives and gear (E), long bars with bases (L).

If you’re not sure what all the different letters after the series number are, read the features and benefits section to find out. These letters indicate additional features that the base model doesn’t include. Choose the one with the specifications desirable for its application.

Can openers come UL listed, NSF or CE certified, and Made in USA verified.

Edlund provides a wide selection of options for every operation imaginable. They are designed for low to heavy volume businesses and have durable constructions. You can’t beat their reputation or years of experience in the industry. That’s why we recommend them when purchasing can openers for foodservice.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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