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new cake leveler/torter...very excited!

post #1 of 115
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After buying about 4 levelers that don't work, reading the Fat Daddio's was a waste of money and boo-hooing that I can't afford an Agbay I looked at my saws (I did woodworking before baking) and realized that tension on the blade was what was missing on the ones I have purchased so far. I sat down and drew up some fabricating plans on what I think will work very well. I went to lowes and home depot and they didn't have what I needed. So I went to Fastenal and picked out the stainless steel elements I needed. I was going to do all of the drilling myself using my drill press but was dreading it. One of the guys that worked there was going to do that part from his home garage and I was going to pay him. Well then he said he had a birthday for his daughter coming up "but he probably couldn't afford one of my cakes" WHAT?!?!?! a twenty-something year old man that realizes that cake has value!?!? SO  Iam doing his little girls birthday cake 1/2 price in exchange for his welding and drilling. I will let you all know how it works....and what it ends up costing me in the long run...In other news I was invited to a buffet at the culinary school yesterday. They have just started a Baking and Pastry specific degree which I will be starting in Sept. I had the best cheesecake I had ever tasted. Yum!!

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I know everyone LOVES the Agbay...but please tell me what parts of the other brands you loved or hated? What problems you had with each brand? What you would like to see in cake leveler and what price point the serious hobbyist would be willing to pay? How many blades and what spacing would you like to have?  If this works as well as I hope it does I may apply for a patent. I am currently researching if there is a identical patent in existence or one pending.

post #3 of 115
For me, the height must be adjustable.

Bottom or legs needs to slide easily.

Must be sturdy enough to stand in its own.

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

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It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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post #4 of 115
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Do you currently use a leveler/torter? If so which one? I have gone back to doing it with just a knife for now...my biggest complaint is that the blades were too flexible. They would go into the cake straight and the layers would come out looking like a Wonka!

post #5 of 115
Agbay. Worth Every penny

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It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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I am sure is for many.....but maybe not for those pinching pennies or the hobbyist who is only making a couple of cakes a year  for friends and family. If I could afford the Agbay I would not be looking to build a cheaper mousetrap

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I have an Agbay now and I love it!    

 

I spent more TIME (which translate to money)  with  different methods like toothpicks, cake boards under the cake that is put back in the pan, different Wilton products (yuck) -  never had complete success and spent more time fixing my cakes.  I've heard of people using dental floss - never tried.

 

Will your blade be adjustable with  measurements so you can be sure your cutting level?  It will be interesting to see what your costs are.  Let us know how it all turns out. 

post #8 of 115

The Agbay is a quality made product that does the job very well.  It isn't high priced for what it is and what it does. 

 

I would imagine that because it's not an item that has a really huge customer base, it's not profitable to have it made in the massive quantities on a production line so that it could be sold at a much lower price.

 

The new mouse traps that we use are actually more expensive than the old fashioned ones.....

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I am sure is for many.....but maybe not for those pinching pennies or the hobbyist who is only making a couple of cakes a year  for friends and family. If I could afford the Agbay I would not be looking to build a cheaper mousetrap

You asked.

Believe me when I say I am watching every single dime. Besides the turmoil our family has endured the past 2 years, we've had a lot of start up costs. If I could find a less expensive unit with same quality, I would.

It was an excellent investment. I purchased it with the deposit of my first wedding cake as Delicious Desserts!

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It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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Firm believer in NOT re-inventing the wheel - honestly I think we all look for a bargain (in nearly everything we do) but the older you get the more you realise... sometimes we waste more time and money trying to get a bargain than if we just PAID somebody else that has already done the hard yards.

FACT is .... 

 

Agbay has 100% satisfaction rating !!   honestly have never heard a bad report from anybody that has actually purchased one and uses it

 

I am certain that they spent LOADS to prefect their design - probably lots of prototypes AND a few design changes along the way

 

Have seen other people TRY and copy their design without success - I remember a caker a few years back that had a butcher husband who thought he could whip one of those Agabys up in no time using his stainless steel band saw blades - some bolts/wing nuts and a timber frame.

Yep he did it ..... and a month later he purchased his wife the REAL DEAL   lol     - yep it was a dismal failure

 

I don't think Agbay is expensive when you factor in the TIME it saves AND the RESULTS it achieves.

Most of us in Australia that purchased them many years ago.... paid for them when our dollar was worth so much less.... about 80c to your dollar - AND we paid the shipping (over $100)  but it was STILL worth it.

As a bit of an exercise.... go through your stash of cake toys and add up how much money you have spent on things that either remain in their packaging (never used) OR things that have been used on a SINGLE project (never to be used again)  OR things that you purchased that you thought would save you so much time but they failed in EVERY respect (think Wilton cake leveller!!)  .... I can guarantee MOST of us would have enough dollars there to buy at least ONE Agbay....  some of that have been doing this for a lot longer could buy ... ummmmm....... a FEW more!  

A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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post #11 of 115
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the older you get the more you realise... sometimes we waste more time and money trying to get a bargain than if we just PAID somebody else that has already done the hard yards.

The cheap comes out expensive!

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam

 

As a bit of an exercise.... go through your stash of cake toys and add up how much money you have spent on things that either remain in their packaging (never used) OR things that have been used on a SINGLE project (never to be used again)  OR things that you purchased that you thought would save you so much time but they failed in EVERY respect (think Wilton cake leveller!!)  .... I can guarantee MOST of us would have enough dollars there to buy at least ONE Agbay....  some of that have been doing this for a lot longer could buy ... ummmmm....... a FEW more!  

 

Well said!  I think we should all do this exercise occasionally.  People would be shocked how much money is sitting in the "useless toy box".  I know my toy box has stuff I will never use again.

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What I think is sad..... funny even???  - is that when I started cake decorating.... ummm  (said in a whisper)  30+ years ago....  the tools that I used to make some pretty amazing cakes (if I can blow my own trumpet) fitted in a small fishing tackle box - NOW I need 2 x  15foot x 9foot high cupboards  AND I am sure I have 6 different things I could use for the ONE purpose!     The cheaper things become the MORE we purchase!

I have made a concerted effort to RID myself of this excess and am trying to turn back time.... wish me LUCK! lol

To a time where out creativity was not stifled by a gazillion images found in a milli-second from all corners of the globe

To a time where we CREATED using quite often nothing more than a sharp knife and a toothpick

 

To a time where the local cake decorater was VALUED, reserved for important ocassions and where people knew they had to save, and spend the money to receive something SPECIAL

I've figured out the only thing I can do, in this saturated market is to stand out from the crowd - to offer something the bulk of my opposition can't.  To me -  it is making cakes with the bare minimum of 'tools'  - yep - my Agbay is staying LOL !!   but I think if we steer away from moulds, stencils, stamps, impressions, cutters etc etc  our cakes can be just that little bit more 'special'    and think of the money we will save!!  haha

 

I need to keep saying this to myself .....EVERY time I see something new on the market!! haha


 

A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

www.facebook.com/applegum

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I am sooooooo over tools. Cutters, molds, layons, etc.etc...nope. Not interested in anything that I can't do with a paintbrush, a frill stick, and my hands anymore.
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I am sooooooo over tools. Cutters, molds, layons, etc.etc...nope. Not interested in anything that I can't do with a paintbrush, a frill stick, and my hands anymore.


Agreed !  

A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

www.facebook.com/applegum

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A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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