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Takes a machinist/welder/fitter to keep it working.
on April 9, 2015
This review is for anyone who happens to stumble here from a Google search.
I greased it up first and the Shargio-Matic worked well for a couple of weeks until a tab broke from the cam. That repair was made by welding a small piece of angle iron onto it.
Next it started jamming constantly. Upon examination I discovered the aluminum slide, the one that compresses the tobacco for insertion wasn't traveling far enough. I removed the screws and 2 brass nuts you see on top of the machine and slotted out the holes. That allowed me to adjust or increase the amount of 'squish', and remains in place to this day.
Then the injecter tube started sticking, requiring considerable effort to back it out of each cigarette, dragging tobacco with it. Turns out it's thin aluminum, and slowly collapsed or folded with use. I've had to re-shape it around a .235 (less than a quarter-inch) pin twice now.
Lastly, the black plastic bushing broke. It's the one visible from the top under the big arm. That left me using an old Bugler plastic injector for a couple of months until I could get to a machine shop. Finally there, I made a new bushing from aluminum with a bronze bushing pressed into it.
With the new bushing fitted up I'm back once again to spitting out nice cigarettes until the next problem arrives.
So in conclusion, I wouldn't recommend this machine to anyone except master tool and die makers like myself. Even then, something like a Top-O-Matic could be worth the extra ten or twenty bucks.