Hi All, new here on the forum...and ironically, I found this forum because I was having issues with my Shargio Cig-O-Matic
The Shargio was my fledgling venture into MYO, and while it worked well enough to get me started, working with the machine was not a pleasant experience. It seemed to be terribly finicky about tobacco, a tich to much and it jammed, too little and it would underfill with bad filter gaps. Any hint of shake in the mix and it would jam. In its short lifetime of about 6 weeks, I ran about 3 lbs of tobacco thru it, mostly The Good Stuff Menthol, and Menthol gold in Gambler, Tube-Cut, and Shargio tubes. Last Saturday I had sat down to replenish my stock of smokes (I had been busy and ran out) struggle thru about a half dozen...jammed twice (stop, clear the plug, shake out the machine, and start over...frustrating) and on smoke #7 I felt it start to jam then something gave way...and no smoke #7. A quick inspection revealed a tab on the cam had snapped off (picture attached), instantly halting my stuffing session. I bundled up the machine and headed over to my local B&M Tobacco shop as this was still a pretty recent purchase. The clerk was very helpful, and instructed me to send the machine in to the manu, with the caution that there would be a $20 charge for any repairs, plus shipping...hmm, the machine only cost $29. At this point I had already found this forum and had been lurking in the Crank Machines postings and figured I could probably fix it myself for substantially less cost. I asked the clerk at the Tobacco shop what she would recommend for a replacement/spare and she instantly recommended the Top-O-Matic, which was only $10 more than the Shargio that was out of stock. I stocked up on supplies and headed home armed with the TOM and the busted Shargio. As I write this today, I don't think I will fix the Shargio. The difference in the two machines was like night and day. The TOM was smoother, never jammed once, and seemed to take anything I stuffed into the chamber and make a perfect smoke out of it. Pounded out about a cartons worth of smoke without 1 jam, underfill or filter gap. Being fair to the Shargio, It may be a lemon, but other reviews have echoed the experience I have had with it. I may, just for the experiment of fiddling, order a new cam and see if I can whip the Shargio into shape, but after the experience with the TOM, its best just may not be good enough to compare. I wish I had found this forum prior to my purchase of the Shargio, but it was at least a learning experience.
Happy RYOer again!
PS. Favorite smoke (so far) TGS Menthol Gold in Shargio Green tubes...similar but superior to a Camel menthol silver. Cost per pack figuring in for 2 machines and approx 1600 cigs: $1:91 = Happy Darren
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