Choosing the right can opener for your needs is based on the maximum number of cans you open per day, not your average. Manual can openers are used for lower volumes, electric can openers for mid-range, and for heavy volume see the Crown Punches.

Model Opening rate (cans per minute) Recommended daily use
(cans per day)
Important notes
Manual Openers
S-11 NSF 4-6 cans up to 50 S-11 is NSF certified and dishwasher safe. Comes apart easily for cleaning.
U-12 4-6 cans up to 50 Comes apart easily for cleaning. Nickel plated with stainless steel tube.
#1 4-6 cans up to 50 Varies by model, limited by operator fatigue. Nickel plated cast iron.
G-2 4 cans up to 25 Nickel plated, stainless steel tube.
#2 4 cans up to 25 Varies by model, limited by operator fatigue. Nickel plated cast iron.
#8 4 cans up to 25 Rotary blades similar to electric can openers.
Electric Openers
#201 4-7 cans 25-50 Portable, hand operated. Single speed.
#266 4-7 cans 25-50 Clean, lubricate and adjust regularly for proper operation. Single speed.
#203 4-7 cans 25-50 Clean, lubricate and adjust regularly for proper operation. Two speeds.
#270 NSF 5-8 cans up to 200 NSF certified. Stainless steel knife holder, stainless steel gear and cover plate are easily removed for leaning.
Crown Punches
#700 S/S Manual Crown Punch 6-10 cans 100-200 Removes lid with one stroke. Limited by operator; bolting down will improve operation.
#610 Air-Powered Crown Punch 8-12 cans 200-400 Filtered air and periodic lubrication will extend cylinder life.
#610M 8-12 cans 200-400 Above with magnetic lid remover.
#625 Heavy Duty Air-Powered Crown Punch 8-12 cans up to 2,000 Heavy duty design for high volume use.
#625M 8-12 cans up to 2,000 Heavy duty with magnetic lid remover.
#625T 8-12 cans up to 2,000 Extra tall for large square cans.
#625A 8-12 cans up to 2,000 Heavy duty with automatic lid removal system.
#825 Automatic Air/Electric System 30 continuous No limit. Cost effective over 1,500. Complete automatic can opening system designed for high volume food processors and large central kitchens.

Please Note:

  • Use the right can opener for the right job!
  • Exceeding limits can cause premature wear.
  • Regular cleaning will prolong unit life. Use the ST-93 cleaning tool.
  • Inspect and change knives and gears regularly. Knives and gears should last 2500-5000 cans depending on usage (type of cans being opened)
  • Manual opener knives are reversible (except #8).
  • DO NOT SHARPEN KNIVES OR CROWN PUNCH BLADES. Edges are intentionally dull to prevent metal slivers. Re-conditioning is available through the factory.
  • Edlund recommends purchasing a second set of blades with each crown punch.