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Old 11-13-2017, 09:33 PM   #1
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I am at a loss...again concerning vacuum sealers. I have a Cabelas 15 inch commercial grade that I am unhappy with. Took the original back and exchanged it with another. It has not performed well at all. It has issues sealing and sometimes does not vacuum before it seals...

So... I am looking at alternatives. Blue Sky makes their commercial grade and not happy.

my old food saver actually worked well...till it died.

are the vacmasters that much better to spend an extra 350.00 ? On top of the 300 the commercial grade cost.

I have looked thru older post and was wondering if there are any new wiz bang vacuum sealers out there.

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Old 11-13-2017, 09:34 PM   #2
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:37 PM   #3
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In for replies, same frustration. Food saver is good but can't handle the volume


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Old 11-13-2017, 09:38 PM   #4
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I cant justify a chamber type. My foodsaver keeps everything I package good til I eat it.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:04 PM   #5
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I come over and try it out when it arrives. Used one in the store and it awesome
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:11 PM   #6
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Yes it is worth it IMO. I have the vacmaster VP215 and love it. Money very well spent but I use it a lot. I process all my own deer usually between 4 and 8 per year, plus fish and leftover chili and stew a lot.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:15 PM   #7
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I love my cabelas commercial model, but ive stopped vac sealing deer. Much easier/quicker/better to use Saran Wrap and butcher paper. If I ever decided to pony up for a chamber vac, id probably use it for everything.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:16 PM   #8
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I come over and try it out when it arrives. Used one in the store and it awesome
Gemini cricket boy... I am a lowly state worker. You gots me confused with someone who makes good money

It does sound it would work great... but daaang. can't swing that.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:20 PM   #9
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I have a vacmaster vp 112 and couldn't be happier.
I go through about 300 bags a year packaging different things and have about 5% that don't hold vacuum all year. Well worth it to me.


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Old 11-13-2017, 10:22 PM   #10
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I have a Vacmaster VP215. It's great. Bags are also much cheaper. I wish I would have bought one sooner. Like the saying goes, buy once, cry once.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:22 PM   #11
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I've used the Cabela's CG15 for the last 9 years and have been also buying the maintenance kits from vacmesh.com and I have been looking at chamber sealers as well since the cost of bags are double than the chamber sealers. With the CG15 I always look at bags and manually seal after it looks like the air is out because if you let it go then you can only vacuum out 5 bags or so at a time. I usually do 2 at a time with the 6 inch bags. The sealer tape has to be replaced often or make sure it's centered on every seal.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:25 PM   #12
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Vacmaster Pro 380 here, and could not be happier!

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Old 11-13-2017, 10:28 PM   #13
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sounds like the vacmasters are pretty good. question is...to go chamber or not???
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:42 PM   #14
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I'll buy the bags you get the machine. Im helping out
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:44 PM   #15
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I'll buy the bags you get the machine. Im helping out
oh lord...ya killin me...

actually, I am looking at the Vp215 model...
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:48 PM   #16
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oh lord...ya killin me...

actually, I am looking at the Vp215 model...
I have one and use it for everything.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:48 AM   #17
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just got to convince the wife it is a good thing to get.

When I mentioned the price, she rolled her eyes at me...
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:12 AM   #18
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I’ve given up on finding a good vacuum sealer. I just buy multiple cheap Foodsavers and treat them as disposable. Having three at sausage making also allows me to switch between them when one overheats due to sealing too many bags in a row.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:55 AM   #19
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I finally bought one 2 years ago. I was not as impressed as I thought for a $300+ sealer. I had many bags who did not seal well and did not suck all the air out. And month later got a little ice/freezer burn on parts of it.

Pretty disappointed as it sealed them on its own without getting all the air out
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:44 AM   #20
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I have cabela's brand and it works great, one thing I definitely found out was bag quality counts !! The cheap store brands never worked well for me, I only use the foodsaver or Cabela's bags, cheapo wally world one's were hit and miss.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:54 AM   #21
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I have a vp215 on order from webstaurantstore.com for my mother in law for Christmas.
Father in law told me to get if for her.
It should be here on Wednesday. Webstaurantstore is the cheapest out there $679.

I am planning to order one for myself when my wife finishes grad school
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:57 AM   #22
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oh lord...ya killin me...

actually, I am looking at the Vp215 model...
Quit looking and press the order now button. You will not be disappointed!
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:03 PM   #23
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I have cabela's brand and it works great, one thing I definitely found out was bag quality counts !! The cheap store brands never worked well for me, I only use the foodsaver or Cabela's bags, cheapo wally world one's were hit and miss.
I hear ya... I tried all kinds of bags and nothing seemed to help.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:05 PM   #24
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I have a vp215 on order from webstaurantstore.com for my mother in law for Christmas.
Father in law told me to get if for her.
It should be here on Wednesday. Webstaurantstore is the cheapest out there $679.

I am planning to order one for myself when my wife finishes grad school
I think I am gonna take the Cabelas 15" commercial grade back and see if they will price match for the VP215...with the 300 return...it won't hurt as bad.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:37 PM   #25
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Foodsavers suck, period. No Mo. Ever.

I've been through 3 at least and when this last one stops sealing, I'll likely go back to saran wrap and butcher paper. I don't go fishing much anymore and deer hunting is a thing of the past. Chickens, HB, steak, pork from the store will survive shorter term freezing.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:50 PM   #26
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I think I am gonna take the Cabelas 15" commercial grade back and see if they will price match for the VP215...with the 300 return...it won't hurt as bad.
I don't think cabelas keeps the vp215 in stock. you have to order them. Then pay sales tax too

I would just return the cabelas sealer and order the one from webstaurantstore
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:55 PM   #27
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If there is ANY moisture where the seal is made, it won't stay sealed. I dry my meat with paper towels and fold up a dry one to put between the meat and where it seals. I have had no problem with the bags staying sealed since starting to do this.
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Old 11-14-2017, 04:14 PM   #28
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Webstaurant has Vacmaster 350 on sale for $220 free shipping
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Old 11-14-2017, 04:20 PM   #29
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I have a food saver and as long as I keep the gaskets changed it works fine for me.
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