Oohhh...I would love a sheeter too! I have some muscle weakness in my arms and they get so darn tired some days with rolling it out over and over. Sometimes the following day I can't use them very well, grip strength is down, etc. I sheeter would be sooo nice!
Ok so I decided to take the plunge and buy the slabmaster 30 from clay king. They had the best price, cheap shipping, and they threw in the canvas mats.
It was extremely easy to put together, it took about one hour. It was quite bigger than I thought it would be.
I started right away rolling the fondant. Like the sheeters you do have to get the piece of fondant somewhat flat. I used the canvas on the bottom and sandwiched it between two pieces of plastic. The machine is adjustable by the two wheels on the top so that makes it so easy. Then I use the big wheel and turned. I do have to do a couple of passes and decrease the depth each time.
One thing with fondant and the hand rolling method is that i use the powdered sugar, pan spray, etc... and always typically get cracks. I ahve tried everything. It was so nice with the slab roller, NOT ONE CRACK!! I made some of the most amazing perfect fondant covered cakes this week. It was awsome. I did not want to invest $5000 in a sheeter so this will be a nice alternative until I can.
That sounds like a fantastic option! Can you tell us how big it can roll? I mean, can you cover a 14" cake? Only 10"? A large sheet cake? Just curious, as I HATE rolling fondant, but love the look of it!
Edited to add: I'm sorry, I think I just realized that the 30 referred to 'inches wide'. Answered my own question there! heheh.
I was able to easily roll fondant on to a 14" square cake. The ivory fondant acted a bit weird with the slab roller, but got it to work.
If you keep the plastic super flat and roll it then it works great.
It takes a little bit to kind of get the right shape but just like the sheeter you have to feed it in a few times.
Like I said no regreat and alot less than an electric sheeter.
OMG! I was wondering about a future investment with a slabe roller! I have had the website save to favorite for months now. Thanks so much for the info. Can't afford a sheeter, nor do I have enough requests for fondant, but I hurt my shoulders in a car accident a year ago and if I roll out fondant the wrong way even with making fondant flowers, the pain is horrible. Thank you!