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post #271 of 450
Thanks, TheCrow1994! I really do appreciate the heads up! But as mentioned in my PM reply, that 14-ounce machine is a bit too big and a bit too power-hungry for situation.

Mark
post #272 of 450
Paragon is now selling on ebay under the username concessionsdirect. Got a 4oz Cineplex from them and have loved it so far. Shipping was very fast and overall a good experience.
post #273 of 450
Hey all...

I work for the largest manufacturer of popcorn machines.

Feel free to shoot me a PM for info. Not sure about the rules, so I won't list the company name.
post #274 of 450
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Originally Posted by laeriq View Post

Paragon is now selling on ebay under the username concessionsdirect. Got a 4oz Cineplex from them and have loved it so far. Shipping was very fast and overall a good experience.

Thanks for the heads up. Looks like you can get a pretty good deal if you can score one starting about $30+ under their "Buy It Now" price.
post #275 of 450
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Originally Posted by COACH2369 View Post

Hey all...
I work for the largest manufacturer of popcorn machines.
Feel free to shoot me a PM for info. Not sure about the rules, so I won't list the company name.

Without giving away Coach's company too much, this is the brand that I wanted to buy originally but they didn't make a 4oz popper at the time I bought my 4oz Star.
Coach's company also makes great popcorn. I use their popcorn and love it.
post #276 of 450
just in-case anyone is wondering about the size/ capacity of smaller machines here's a pic of my cineplex with 2 batches(.5cup corn non portion pack)



more likely i can scoop some out into another container like the bottom of my whirley pop, and fit another 2 or 3 batches(ive ran 3 batchesbefore with room to spare), the only issue is that the kettle swings down pretty far so im not sure but currently i have no reason to make 20oz of popcorn.
post #277 of 450
Our Great Northern TopStar 12-ounce machine arrived from Amazon today! UPS didn't deliver it until 7pm but we still couldn't resist setting the machine up and making our first (small) batch.




The TopStar popped it up FAST and after just 10 minutes on the warming deck the popcorn was nice and crispy. This machine is going to work out very well for us!

BTW and FWIW, that's a single 4-ounce pre-pack popped up on the bottom of the machine.

Mark
post #278 of 450
Looks great, Mark! Looks like there's lots of room for popcorn in there.
post #279 of 450
The Great Northern 12-ounce TopStar machine got its first workout at last night's Booth Bijou Garage Theater showing. I ended up popping three 12-ounce pre-packs and one 4-ounce pre-pack. That's about 30% more popcorn than past events. Our guests gobbled it up! Having the machine right in the theater (and filling the theater with the delicious smell of popcorn) probably helped "encourage" consumption. smile.gif

Mark
post #280 of 450
Just 2 weeks ago I was contemplating did I need a 4oz, 6oz, or 8oz machine, and now that I own a popcorn machine I'm jealous of 12oz smile.gif. I decided to go with the 8oz and am very happy I didn't go any smaller. I have a case of 8oz packs and 4oz packs and the 8oz ones are almost gone already - there is nearly an entire case of 4oz packs still left.
post #281 of 450
I am looking at the 8 oz Paragon Contempo. I wanted to cut out a nook for the machine to slide into. I was curious how hot they get when in use. If I had 3" around the machine and 6" above it would I be Ok?

I will have it on a sliding trey that will pull out to clean etc.
post #282 of 450
the folks at Paragon might be the best to answer your inquiry. just send them an email outlining your idea.
contact@paragonpop.com
built in Iowa, right next to the corn
post #283 of 450

I tried to give Paragon a call today and never got an answer.  Attached is a picture to give an idea of what I am thinking.

The dimension on the pic are not correct.  I should have 2" on the side, 3" in the rear and 12" above the unit.

post #284 of 450
www.valleypopcorn.com has a good selection of poppers and preportioned corn, oil, and salt
Don
post #285 of 450
did you email paragon that picture, 'tex?
post #286 of 450
Or you can private message them on their Facebook page.
post #287 of 450
I see a lot of posts about Paragon and Gold Medal poppers but nothing on Benchmark USA. Does anyone have any opinions on Benchmark USA? We were looking at the 6oz Metropolitan with stand.
post #288 of 450
Benchmark makes nice machines. The difference is that they are import machines while all Paragon machines and most GM machines are made in the U.S. So I would put them just a notch below Paragon and GM. Paragon has a Lifetime Warranty on their 4 oz machines also. Paragon machines are built like tanks and are my personal favorite.
post #289 of 450
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Originally Posted by KenLerch View Post

Benchmark makes nice machines. The difference is that they are import machines while all Paragon machines and most GM machines are made in the U.S. So I would put them just a notch below Paragon and GM. Paragon has a Lifetime Warranty on their 4 oz machines also. Paragon machines are built like tanks and are my personal favorite.

Interesting and certainly disappointing. They are quite expensive for an import and it weighs considerably less than the Paragon Contempo...problem with the Contempo is I like stand of the Metropolitan over the wheeled cart because of size
post #290 of 450
Well import does not automatically translate into bad or poor quality. Like I said, they are nice machines. I would just put them one notch below the Paragon and GM machines. But that is not a reason not to order unless you generally don't like to use products made overseas. Hope that makes sense and helps.
post #291 of 450
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Originally Posted by KenLerch View Post

Well import does not automatically translate into bad or poor quality. Like I said, they are nice machines. I would just put them one notch below the Paragon and GM machines. But that is not a reason not to order unless you generally don't like to use products made overseas. Hope that makes sense and helps.
Thanks Ken! I was hoping American made but I can do without if the style isn't right for our room.
post #292 of 450
Exactly. If you like the style, go for it. I can vouch for their machines. There are, however, lots of other import brands that are not made nearly as well as Benchmark's.
post #293 of 450
Jeez,

I really like the Paragon 1911 Popcorn Popper - Black & Chrome style but according to their site it only comes in 4oz and 8oz. I really want a 6oz. to be the perfect blend of cost and size. It also comes with a really cool stand




I also really like the Contempo and it is offered in the 6oz. size I want but I can't fit the cart in the spot I want. I wish they offered a stand for this popper



I also like the Benchmark USA Metropolitan and it comes with the stand and 6oz but I can't tell you I am crazy for the "POPCORN" on the top. I may have to go with this one plus it is about $200 less than the Paragon sets



Is anyone aware if Gold Medal offers a 6oz. black and silver/chrome popper and stand?
post #294 of 450
You can setup the Benchmark machine without the "Popcorn" sign. I'm pretty sure that gets screwed on after you take the machine out of the box. But then there are no graphics at all, if you leave it off.

Here is the link to GM's 4 to 8 oz machines:
http://www.gmpopcorn.com/products/product-classes.cfm?catid=1&classid=1

Edit:
For some reason it does not have this machine and stand on that link, so here it is:
https://www.stargatecinema.com/art-deco-6-oz-popcorn-machine.html
Pricey but a super nice looking machine.
post #295 of 450
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Originally Posted by KenLerch View Post

You can setup the Benchmark machine without the "Popcorn" sign. I'm pretty sure that gets screwed on after you take the machine out of the box. But then there are no graphics at all, if you leave it off.

Here is the link to GM's 4 to 8 oz machines:
http://www.gmpopcorn.com/products/product-classes.cfm?catid=1&classid=1

Edit:
For some reason it does not have this machine and stand on that link, so here it is:
https://www.stargatecinema.com/art-deco-6-oz-popcorn-machine.html
Pricey but a super nice looking machine.

Hmm very interesting. I suppose I could go to a graphics shop and have them match the font of the stand and I could sicker the side with some good quality stickers.

The art deco is nice, but the price is certainly prohibitive.
post #296 of 450
How terrible would it be to go with a 4oz Paragon popper if we had 5-10 people over? Can the 4oz Paragon popper handle a 6oz bag?

Also how many batches do the 4, 6, 8 oz machines hold? Can I run say 6 4oz batches through a 4oz popper and have it all sit in the unit with the warming tray on?
Edited by Larry M - 3/30/13 at 3:13am
post #297 of 450
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How terrible would it be to go with a 4oz Paragon popper if we had 5-10 people over? Can the 4oz Paragon popper handle a 6oz bag?
You should be fine. We have a 6 oz machine in our store and two batches are enough to fill up about 10 of the small scoop boxes. If you have a 4 ounce machine you may need to pop 3 or 4 batches depending on how much popcorn your guests eat. Then you have to think about how often you will have 5-10 people over.
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Also how many batches do the 4, 6, 8 oz machines hold? Can I run say 6 4oz batches through a 4oz popper and have it all sit in the unit with the warming tray on?
You should be OK with 6 batches but that is a lot of popcorn. Again, we have a 6 oz machine and I think it would hold that much. It will be close with a 4 oz machine (even with the smaller batch sizes).
post #298 of 450
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Originally Posted by KenLerch View Post

You should be fine. We have a 6 oz machine in our store and two batches are enough to fill up about 10 of the small scoop boxes. If you have a 4 ounce machine you may need to pop 3 or 4 batches depending on how much popcorn your guests eat. Then you have to think about how often you will have 5-10 people over.
You should be OK with 6 batches but that is a lot of popcorn. Again, we have a 6 oz machine and I think it would hold that much. It will be close with a 4 oz machine (even with the smaller batch sizes).

Thanks for the info Ken. Certainly makes the decision easier and more difficult smile.gif
post #299 of 450
Yeah, clear as mud. smile.gif At least you have some options. Lol.
post #300 of 450
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Originally Posted by KenLerch View Post

Yeah, clear as mud. smile.gif At least you have some options. Lol.

Darn, I think I just noticed something and it would completely ruin the 4oz 1911 for me which my wife and I pretty much agreed on.

Does the 4oz 1911 NOT have an old maids draw or a warming. The would completely change my mind on that unit
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