- Motor Size - Make Sure There's Enough Power for the Job!
- Auger Construction - For a variety of reasons mostly environmental and cost concerns, very few products these days are dipped in chrome. Instead, they're electroplated, meaning the chrome coating on cast iron items like the auger is very, very thin. It WILL Flake off with extended use! In addition, the metal auger rubbing against the strainer screen will create small metal shavings with each use.
- The Reber #3 and #5 Tomato Strainer both feature an auger made from Food Grade Resin. Durable, Effective and Quieter than Metal without the metal flaking or shavings.
- Auger Housing - Often the cast iron auger housings on tomato strainers rusts. This can lead to seal issues as well as just being gross and unhygienic. Make sure the auger housing has some sort of coating, vs bare cast iron.
- The Reber #3 and #5 Tomato Strainer both feature a food-grade epoxy coated auger housing for maximum hygiene and durability.
- Drive Shaft - Many of the cheaper Tomato Strainer offerings and even some of the more expensive ones have hexagonal or even octagonal drive shafts on their motors. When faced with heavy loads these extra sides quickly get ground down and rounded off. They're DESIGNED TO FAIL! Avoid these types of drive shafts.
- Reber #3 and #5 Tomato Strainers feature a SQUARE Driveshaft for years of durability and use under tough conditions.
- Speed - Many tomato strainers bog down in a big way once you actually start feeding them. They strain to process the tomatoes and the process takes forever. Be sure to look at the actual pounds per hour the machine is rated to perform.
As you can see, we're a little biased. Umm. I mean, super biased. But that's because we really do feel great about these tomato strainers. Any problems? Just don't like it? We'll take it back in the first 30 days. After that you've got a one year warranty from us on the machine. Any problems, just shoot us an email or give us a call.