Vacuum packing machine for home

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  1. CV-Wayne

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    I'm tossing out my Food saver because I never know if the damn thing is going to seal correctly. After a long day of fishing, cleaning the boat and fish, the last thing I need is aggravation from that stupid thing.

    Does anyone have the ARY VacMaster PRO 350 or the Weston Pro-2300? These look like they'd be much better than my P.O.S. Foodsaver.

    If you have something other than a Foodsaver and like it, please let me know.
     
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  2. bent rod todd

    bent rod todd Ling cod killa

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    I don't but food saver sucks
     
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  3. bman440440

    bman440440 I am the one who knocks!!!

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    I have a food saver... the very 1st one they when they came out... (yea I'm old) and it still works well today... now that being said there are MUCH better units out there and are much more $... the thing I have found with the FS is that it is not a mass production (a lot of fish to package) unit... the thing to keep in mind is keep the heating element clean and dry and it will last... but if you have a lot of fish to do a FS is not the way to do it... we spend a lot of $ to go fishing and catch fish so IMO its worth it to get a good unit to preserve that meat as well as possible... just my 2c.
    :cheers:
     
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  4. MYNomad

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    The chamber type are way better for sealing anything with juice. In fact, with a chamber type, you can seal a bag of soup, no problem. That just isn't possible with the external type. I highly recommend the VP215, but the prices tend to fluctuate quite a bit. If you wait for a sale, it will be under $700.
     
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  5. CV-Wayne

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    I totally agree which is why I'm searching for a better product. My original Foodsaver lasted much longer than the newer one I have now. It provides plenty of suction but it just goes and goes and fails to realize its time to hold the suction and make the seal. Frustrating as hell.

    I've found some nice big salmon steaks in my freezer where the seal has failed. I hate wasting the fish after spending money, time, and killing a beautiful creature.
     
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    I don't have much experience with FS type, but the bags I use in my VP215 chamber type are 4 mill (3 mill seems to be more typical of the FS type), the seal bar gives a double seal, and the seal time is adjustable. I never (almost, at least) have bags fail after going to the freezer. Also, vacuum time is also adjustable.
     
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  7. fishntel

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    I have the westin pro 2300. Works fantastic. Well worth the $$. Saves time, effort and seals sooo great. Would never go back to food saver in a million years.
     
  8. CV-Wayne

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    Thanks so much for the reply. I greatly appreciate the first hand knowledge and endorsement of a product.
     
  9. Jason

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    VP215 is no joke but it weighs 100lbs and requires a dedicated spot to really make it worth it. Unfortunatly the one we had here at BD ended up in a spot in Ali's garage... So I bought one of these https://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-GM2050-000-GameSaver-Outdoorsman-Sealing/dp/B016C4KK20/ and have actually been impressed by the suction and sealing. I always seal two different times on the ends but it's been working perfectly on a regular basis a couple times a week.
     
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    I bought my VP 215 a while back for about 700 and the shipping was free , it's a unreal unit that is worth the money for sure , it's not the easiest thing to move around so find a good spot and enjoy it if you buy one
     
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    I just bought a food saver one from Costco,
    So when it takes a dump , I will just
    Return it.
     
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    I've had my VP215 for a few years. Never regretted buying it.

    It was a bit of a pain in the ass until I bought a cheap hydraulic dolly ($99) at Harbor Freight and cut the handle down. Now, I roll it out of the pantry closet when needed and jack it up to counter height. Stores just as easily.

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    irob2 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I got the vac master vp 321 it is a bad mothafucka 4 6x12 bags at once
     
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    YP215 is the way to go. Bags are way cheaper than FS and it’s a breeze to use. Love mine.
     
  15. waynesworld

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    Cabeleas commercial-been working great for 3 yrs
     
  16. vinniethefish

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    Pro tip— don’t let that freezer burnt fish go to waste. If you have something go bad or a by catch that you don’t want to eat (bonito for example) I’ve been cutting up that otherwise wasted fish and putting it under the base of my transplants in the garden. Did that with my tomato, broccoli and cucumber plants this year with great results. Didn’t have to fertilize or feed them once as it broke down on it’s own.
     
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    We used the Food Saver machines for many years and it was always a pain in the butt. Some times we would have 2 or 3 machines out at one time and have to switch between machines because one would overheat or the gasket would mess up and it would stop sealing. We finally broke down and bought a Vacmaster 215 and it was the best decision we ever made. The bags are way cheaper and the machine makes packages just like you get from the commercial processors.
     
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    We have one of those and are looking to replace. First year was great, second year it started failing. Several double seals from sausage three months ago I made have started failing. We’ve tried different bags, replaced the seal, no luck.
     
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    Bummer, not what I want to hear...
     
  20. DPevin

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    I have the same one, and like you, double seal both ends. I also dry the shit out of everything with paper towels before hand so there really isn't any juices getting sucked toward the seal.

    Have had mine since Feb 2018 and use it 3 times a month give or take and it still works fine.

    I think a MAJOR problem that a lot of people don't think about is handling in the freezer. You get your old lady or kids throwing that shit around looking for other stuff you can get little holes that will cause them to fail.

    Another big think is making sure the outsides of the bags are really dry as well before putting them in the freezer. If they stick together at all and you have to pry them apart that can damage the seal as well.

    I feel like the cheaper units work well for what they are, the durability / longevity may not be there like the more expensive units, but they should last awhile if you don't abuse them.

    Really feel most of the time there is an issue with the cheaper ones close to it being new, the issue is more with handling than the vac sealer itself.
     
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