What is this tool for? It has a handle that looks like it can crush something.

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As crip659 says, it is a can crusher.

The key to understanding it is, it must be mounted on a wall, on studs. At that point you simply pull down on the handle to crush the can. Without the wall mounting, the device is useless.

The extra height (as compared to 12 oz cans) is to accommodate the taller Arizona Iced Tea, tallboys, etc.

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    Not useless, just harder to use.
    – Huesmann
    Commented Mar 18, 2023 at 12:53
  • or something else sturdy 😄 I've seen mounting at the opening of a holding bin as a good option
    – Mike M
    Commented Mar 18, 2023 at 13:16

Cannot see it well enough to be sure, but if you search for can crushers I bet it looks the same.

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    Something like this 12oz Aluminum Can Crusher.
    – HABO
    Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 17:43
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    @ChrisO Nice to have grandparents that pay you for working. Did they ever mention they got a quarter for ten crushed cans.
    – crip659
    Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 20:18
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    @crip659 And give up the profit? :)
    – Chris O
    Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 20:21
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    They came out with recycling in my state between the two years I helped do road cleanup. (not associated with the criminal justice system). The first year, half the stuff we picked up was soda and beer cans and bottles. The second year, two cans in 100 bags of trash. Probably tossed out of a car in the prior hour. Of course back then, 2 cans got you a candy bar and 4 got you a comic book. So I was a "stakeholder" in the bottle deposit law, and as such, fully briefed :) Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 21:13
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    @manassehkatz-Moving2Codidact McDonalds packaging round here, also cigarette litter far out of proportion to the number of remaining smoker. But I can always tell if it's been raining over the weekend in the city I work in - the litter on the streets is dominated by umbrellas on Monday morning!
    – Chris H
    Commented Mar 19, 2023 at 21:55

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