Before I learnt how to roll a cigarette by hand, I used this rolling machine quite a lot. I never learnt how to roll a cigarette that is not too tight with the standard Rizla rolling machine, but I routinely made smokeable cigarettes with this machine. Back then I used rolling tobacco only, and I never could make it work with 50% pipe tobacco, though. Although the cigarettes it made were not as tight as with the Rizla machine, they were too tight for pipe tobacco.
The machine was quite cool, since in addition to being a rolling machine, it could store some tobacco and a pack of papers.
Here’s how the machine is supposed to work. You open up the lid.
You make a pouch out of the band in the lid and put some tobacco into the pouch. Then you lick the glue in the paper and place the paper against the band.
When you close the lid, the machine rolls the cigarette and ejects it through a hole in the lid.
Although I could use this machine to make smokeable cigarettes several years ago, I could not make the machine work properly now. Now all the cigarettes were too tight, and even reducing the amount of tobacco did not help. It just made a thinner cigarette of the same tightness. I really do not know whether the band has shrunk during storage or my standards for a cigarette have risen.
Anyway, even if the machine worked properly, the only advantage to hand-rolling it would offer would be that it requires no practice. An experienced roller can roll a good cigarette as fast by hand as by a machine, and all machines are tied to a certain size of a paper, but a hand-roller can use any size of a paper.
Verdict: Learn to roll by hand, but if you do not, you might want to try this one.