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Sunbeam Vista can opener and Farberware wok
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Post# 373900   6/14/2017 at 22:20 by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Here are a few pictures of the Sunbeam Vista can opener and the Farberware #303 wok I recently got. The Sunbeam is a very cool looking and well made can opener and it has a very robust looking motor inside. Seems to have some serious torque when opening a can! I opened it up when it arrived in the mail and was impressed that everything looked in great condition, including the gears. I am guessing it is from the mid to late 60s, based on the styling. Does anyone else use an electric can opener these days?

I haven't used the Farberware wok yet but am looking forward to trying it out. It looks like its from the mid 70s and wasn't used a whole lot. It's a 1000 watt appliance with the detachable control plug with temperatures that range from keep warm to 425 degrees, which should be good for stir frying. I haven't seen many electric woks in stores lately.

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Post# 373903 , Reply# 1   6/14/2017 at 22:27 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I remember those can openers, I think early 60s, but you could be right

Post# 373905 , Reply# 2   6/14/2017 at 22:34 by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I found an old ad online for one but I couldn't find a date. It was $17.50 then. I wonder if any can openers today would last this long.

Post# 373929 , Reply# 3   6/15/2017 at 08:25 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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That was a lot of bucks then

Post# 373936 , Reply# 4   6/15/2017 at 09:55 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

It really was! I speculated 1963 as the date it was for sale and at $17.50 then, that would be the equivalent of paying $139.96!

Post# 373942 , Reply# 5   6/15/2017 at 10:42 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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well gas was thirty cents, so yeah

Post# 374283 , Reply# 6   6/22/2017 at 09:29 by CajunVac (St. Martinville, LA)        
Sunbeam Vintage Can Opener

Sunbeam sold a model that cut the rim of the can during the mid-1960s I was wondering if anyone here has or had such a unit. It appeared to be a very clean design. It is model HCO

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Post# 374286 , Reply# 7   6/22/2017 at 10:52 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Hi Cajun.

While I haven't used that rim cutting can opener, it does look neat and stands rather tall. I would assume it would also be of high quality like other Sunbeam products of that era, provided it works as it should.

Post# 374290 , Reply# 8   6/22/2017 at 14:09 by CajunVac (St. Martinville, LA)        
Rim cutting can openers

I have two the first is a Krups electric and the other is a Good Cooks manual powered, both leave gaps in opening cans after a couple of years of use. I prefer this type of opener because they rarely get dirty and a more sanitary method of opening a can.

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Post# 374291 , Reply# 9   6/22/2017 at 14:19 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Yeah, the newer can openers just aren't made as well as the older ones. I imagine the Sunbeam will last many more years. I don't mind the traditional electric openers, its very easy to wipe off with a rag or a antibacterial wipe.

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