I have also used allot of cigarette machines and this one is by far the best I have found and very easy to use. I can make a pack of cigarettes in less then 5 minutes. The only problem at first is learning how much tobacco to use because if you use to much it jams and you have to dig he tabacco out. If it feels too hard to crank stop and take some tabacco out. It should crank easily if you used the right amount of tabacco.