This shows the three methods of frenchers that I have used.
This was my first frencher. You feed the beans through it one at a time.
This was the second bean frencher I bought. You turn the handle as you feed beans into the slot. I used it for years frenching enough beans for a family of four. Often we did a two person frenching - one feeding the beans and one turning the handle.
Last year, when I went to french my beans, I found the suction cups that hold the frencher to the table worn out. I decided to try the food processor and VOILA! easy frenching. You put half-a -dozen or so beans in the hopper and turn on the switch. Then you feed in the beans as fast as you can.
Nice and easy and so quick!
I frenched these two huge bowls of beans in no time. Now my food processor in my bean frenching buddy! Then a quick blanching and yummy beans all winter. ;)