I like the design of the pitter, the cherries need a little help feeding as they frequently ‘bunch up’ at the entry point. I alway cut the pitted cherries in half to insure no pits get through. Out of five pounds of cherries I found four or five pits that had gotten through…not bad, but even one is too many if you value your molars. Also, the plastic feed tray upon which the metal pitting device attaches is showing stress cracks after the first use, but I believe a lighter blow on the plunger would help alleviate this without affecting the effectiveness of the machine. All in all it’s much faster, cleaner and more comfortable than previous jar top pitters I have used. I would recommend giving it a try!