Post by dwaynetroxel on Feb 24, 2013 22:21:44 GMT -5
Does anyone have any experience with cream separators imported from Ukraine? If you search cream separators on eBay, you're flooded with inexpensive models of varying capacities, both crank and electric. The prices are reasonable, but how about the quality? Materials and quality control? Repair parts? Ease of use? Can you read the instruction manual? Etc Any impute by brand name would be appreciated.
I bought one of those electric ones from there. All I can say is "junk". So much cheap plastic and the thing never did separate the cream like it should've. I used it a week and now it sits in my garage. The instuctions for use weren't very clear either. Maybe others on here have had better luck with those. As for me, it's back to skimming off the top
We have one of the hand-cranked ones, and it's worked well for us. My husband downloaded the English version of the manual, and when I talk to him, I'll find out where he got it. A you-tube video on it here: .
The only problems we had when we first started were not warming the milk sufficiently, and not pouring warm water through the separator to warm the disks. Once we got that sorted, we're very happy with it.
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I also have the manual hand cranked, it works fine, although i would have preferred something better, had it been available locally, they are certainly hard to come by here!! I agree the instruction were terrible, I found detailed instruction on amazon!
Post by jennifersiefke on May 14, 2013 11:29:22 GMT -5
I just ordered one of the hand crank models. I am actually really excited for it to get here. I really went back and forth on my decision but here is what I came up with...I would have to save for quite awhile to get the expensive one made in India. All the while, I would have no cream separator. With the Ukrainian one, I can afford it now. My friend has one and uses it with her goats milk. She gets about a quart of cream off of a gallon of goats milk. That is pretty good, I think. I will post after I get mine and let you know how I like it....
We have one. It was used about 12 times and it is junk. The gears inside are locked up. We had a hand crank model, metal bowl, etc... I wanted to get the parts to fix it and was emailing back and forth with them and I was going to have to buy a whole new base for it (she said it would be cheaper to just get a new base than to send mine in for repair). I asked how much several times and then I never heard back from them.
When they first started selling these, a former member here got one and helped them with their poor English translations of the manual and also did the videos. We got our separator from them.
I would save a little more and try to buy a used one that is still in good condition.
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