| A great percentage of roll your own smokers, especially those who want to create
their own filtered cigarettes get started with RYO by purchasing smoking kits. These kits
usually include a few ounces of tobacco, some filtered tubes, and an inexpensive injector.
If they like the results they usually move up to a better, larger injector like the
Supermatic or Supermatic II (shown below - see review in the Jan/Feb issue). In many cases the
lower quality, cheaper tube injectors supplied with these kits can dissuade a potential
ryo enthusiast from continuing with roll your own products long enough to realize the ease with which ryo filtered
cigarette rolling can be accomplished. We get lots of letters from such people who are
frustrated and down right dissatisfied with the process and it almost always has to do
with a cheap inefficient tube injector. These lower quality injectors have some common
problems. First of all they are usually hard to hold on to as you work the sliding
mechanism (which is basically the whole top of the device). Secondly, the cutter (the part
that trims excess tobacco from the chamber as the lid is lowered is usually plastic and
though at first it is sharp and hard enough to accomplish the trimming (as long as you
don't overfill the chamber) with constant use the plastic edge becomes dull and can even
be scored by hard parts of the tobacco, like stem pieces.
To avoid the cutter playing too prominent a role in the process most people quickly find it necessary to put very small amounts of tobacco in the chamber. This results in cigarette tubes that are only partially filled and not packed tight enough to keep the tobacco in place. For the most part, we recommend the crank action kinds of machines like the Supermatic or the Excel, (at right) we reviewed last issue (click here to see the Mar/April review of this machine) as they have metal cutters and compression chambers that are separate in function from the pusher assembly. The fact is, however, if you use just the right amount of tobacco and are careful to use only thinly cut long strand tobaccos like Dutch style halfzwares and other fine cuts that may even be shorter in strand length, the cutter will become much less of a problem. The plastic cutter is strong enough if not abused with hard chunky tobacco. Since many people will find these smaller machines to be convenient for traveling, the only real remaining problem is the difficulty in securing a good enough grip to get a smooth sliding action. Now this problem has been solved.
The Escort tube injector from CTC (the black part in the photo at left) can be ordered with an inexpensive base support (the red part in the photo) that allows the user a far better purchase (grip) when using the machine. Even with the base (which separates from the injector for storage or travel), the unit is far more transportable than the crank action machines. And to our surprise, our cigarette production was nearly as efficient as the crank type affords. Now of course the plastic cutter will still wear out but the injectors themselves are very inexpensive and the base will last a long time. All in all, the system works very well as long as you adhere to the recommendations above as to tobacco types.The Pressta (shown at right) is identical to the Escort in price and design and the base is interchangeable between the two. We have both and prefer the Escort, probably only because the black color looks better to us. These machine are widely available at most tobacco shops and online roll your own tobacco sites.
NOTE: The following may prevent a lot of you from doing damage to any tube injection machine as you are getting to know them. There are 3 issue areas which must be addressed for a successful injector experience. If you follow these, you will find the injectors to be an irreplaceable asset to rolling your own cigarettes.
|EDITOR'S NOTE: These reviews are solely for the convenience of people of legal age who already smoke, are trying to cut down on smoking, wish to spend less money on their smoking, want to roll their own cigarettes from high quality tobacco, and, in general, wish to have a far more satisfying, and economical smoking experience when compared with smoking pre-manufactured cigarettes. We, in no way, encourage people to smoke. Further, we prescribe to a sane, more logical approach to smoking that involves common sense as to quantity coupled with a strong desire to manage the habit until it becomes an occasional, freely chosen, diversion, that can be fully enjoyed with minimal health risks. Finally, we strongly encourage those who do smoke to take it outdoors, or to appropriate environments where tobacco can be enjoyed away from those who do not smoke, most especially children. We do not sell tobacco or related products from this site; We distribute information about our perceptions of the quality of what is available and where it can be obtained. If you are under 18, it is illegal to buy tobacco and you should immediately exit this site. If you do not smoke, it would seem illogical to start.|
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