As I have noted many times before, the pizzatools products are not inexpensive. However, pizzatools manufactures all of its products in its own U.S. facilities (I confirmed this this morning from a telephone call to the company). So, pizzatools wonít be able to compete with labor rates that exist in places like India and China. Also, their disk products, and particularly the Quik-Disk products (http://www.pizzatools.com/productdisplay.aspx?catid=56&c=Quik-Disks
), donít really have exact or nearly comparable counterparts. For example, American Metalcraft sells SuperPerf-Hardcoat (SPHC) disks (http://www.amnow.com/pizzatrays/perforatedDisks.html
) but they are not the same as the corresponding Quik-Disks sold by pizzatools (for one, the hole counts are different). pizzatoolís prices for the Quik-Disk products are nominally less than the AMís disks of the same size, but most people will be able to better the prices noted at the AM website by going to one of the online sellers of AM products. I donít own any AM Hardcote disks, so I canít compare them with the counterpart pizzatools Quik-Disks.
Chicago Metallic makes some anodized products, but I was not able to find any CM anodized disks online, only their deep-dish products with the Bakelon anodized finish. No doubt, there are many sources of nonstick coated disks, but they are not of the dark, anodized type as are sold by pizzatools and AM. The pizzatools anodized coatings donít chip or flake or scratch and they donít emit potentially noxious gases at high temperatures. The pizzatools Quik-Disks (and the other pizzatools dark anodized products) should last for years in a typical home setting.
With limited competition, pizzatools is in the position of being able to charge top dollar for their products. You would have to be in the pizza business with large volume requirements to get discounts on their quoted prices. As individuals, we are not going to get anywhere near those volumes. I'm grateful that pizzatools will even sell to us as individuals.
The Hearth-style disks sold by Lloyd Industries are different from the Quik-Disks in that the number of holes and their sizes are different (although all of the holes in the Hearth-style disks are the same size) and the pattern of holes is non-symmetrical. The Hearth-style disks were specifically designed for use in conveyor ovens to make NY style pizzas that have finished crust characteristics that replicate those of NY style pizzas baked in deck ovens. No doubt, the new disks can be used for other pizza styles if the correct finger settings are used.