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Old 11-24-2019, 09:33 AM   #1
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Default Recommendations for a new vacuum sealer.

My old one died, figured Black Friday I might find a good deal
I donít want the cheap low end , but donít want to pay $400 plus on a sealer. What do yíall have, what did ya pay for it, any bells and whistles on it that you like or donít like?


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Old 11-24-2019, 10:06 AM   #2
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Just bought my first vacuum sealer this month. Went with the LEM vacmaster 500. Not sure how many bags we sealed, but we went through the whole 8" roll that comes with it and a box of the 14" bags. I don't have anything to compare it to, but it did everything I expected. Got it on Walmart.com for about $225. Sells for over $300 through LEM.
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Old 11-24-2019, 01:52 PM   #3
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Iíll be watching this. Need a new one as well.
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VacMaster 215... but itís pretty pricey


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Iím wanting a new one too. I think itíll be worth the jump in price to get a chamber style.
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Old 11-24-2019, 03:43 PM   #6
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Foodsaver has some deals on their web site
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Old 11-24-2019, 03:46 PM   #7
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yeah they are, but they are worth the money. I got one and will never have to buy another. I really like mine.
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I've been thru a food saver and a "commercial" cabelas.

I'm hoping to find a vac master in the next week

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How much? I donít mind if itís a one-and-done.
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:18 PM   #10
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How much? I donít mind if itís a one-and-done.
I got mine on sale, think around $750. I think they run around a grand. Bags are cheap. Nothing compares to a chamber sealer.
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:26 PM   #11
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This is what I have. Awesome little bagger and the bags are cheap.

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Old 11-24-2019, 05:42 PM   #12
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Vac Master 215 is the way to go.
We not only use it for game and fish, we use it almost every time we grocery shop.


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How much? I donít mind if itís a one-and-done.


I got mine Sept last year for $550. I just checked and it seems like the going rate is now close to $1000.

Bags are super cheap. It seals like nothing else. For sure a buy once, cry once item.


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Just bought my first vacuum sealer this month. Went with the LEM vacmaster 500. Not sure how many bags we sealed, but we went through the whole 8" roll that comes with it and a box of the 14" bags. I don't have anything to compare it to, but it did everything I expected. Got it on Walmart.com for about $225. Sells for over $300 through LEM.
I was mistaken on my sealer, I just checked the box. It's a LEM max vac 500. I was also looking at the vacmaster, and they ran together in my memory this morning when I posted.
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Old 11-24-2019, 11:54 PM   #15
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I was given a Food Saver when I was in college 20 years ago and it still works.
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:39 AM   #16
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I was given a Food Saver when I was in college 20 years ago and it still works.
This blows my mind. I am on my second one and it just craped out and don't even use it that much.
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:03 AM   #17
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I was given a Food Saver when I was in college 20 years ago and it still works.
Got one about that time frame still works as new...Went thru many deer and hogs and big garden...

Bought another just like it at GS for $5 ..for spare parts..it works well too....
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I was given a Food Saver when I was in college 20 years ago and it still works.
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This blows my mind. I am on my second one and it just craped out and don't even use it that much.
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Got one about that time frame still works as new...Went thru many deer and hogs and big garden...

Bought another just like it at GS for $5 ..for spare parts..it works well too....

I have a Foodsaver 5200 or 5300, I believe. I just got through doing two deer, and it works fine. Reasonably priced. If it craps out, I will simply buy another.
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:54 AM   #19
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Default Recommendations for a new vacuum sealer.

I have a Vacmaster Pro 380. It is a great vacuum sealer. It will take up to 15Ē wide bags. I have 6Ē, 8Ē, 11Ē, and 15Ē roll bag material that I can cut off at whatever length I need with the built in bag cutter on the top of the unit. It is a regular vacuum type and not a chamber sealer. I use it nearly daily. I vacuum seal meats and such when I get critters, but also for resealing chip bags and such. I can keep a bag of potato chips fresh for months!!!! This one has adjustable seal time, so it works well on just about any type of bag except the flimsy bags like a loaf of bread comes in.

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Old 11-25-2019, 09:55 AM   #20
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yeah they are, but they are worth the money. I got one and will never have to buy another. I really like mine.
After looking at the pictures of this sealer are you limited on size of meat you want to seal? In other words if I wanted to seal an entire brisket it would not fit under that lid.
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:56 AM   #21
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I have a Vacmaster Pro 380. It is a great vacuum sealer. It is a regular vacuum type and not a chamber sealer. I use it nearly daily. I vacuum seal meats and such when I get critters, but also for resealing chip bags and such. I can keep a bag of potato chips fresh for months!!!! This one has adjustable seal time, so it works well on just about any type of bag except the flimsy bags like a loaf of bread comes in.

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Old 11-25-2019, 10:03 AM   #22
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After looking at the pictures of this sealer are you limited on size of meat you want to seal? In other words if I wanted to seal an entire brisket it would not fit under that lid.


Not a large brisket I dont believe. I did though check and you can fit a full chicken in it. As a whole, the VP215 is a great until and I like ours quite a bit.


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Old 11-25-2019, 12:00 PM   #23
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I ordered a Vacmaster Pro 350 that should be here tomorrow. I had been using a Foodsaver Gamesaver Silver for several years. It works okay, but it’s got a thin seal bar, and I was losing a lot of seals over time. Did a lot of research, and narrowed it down to the Vacmaster and a couple of Weston models. Both seemed to review favorably, but the Vacmaster seemed to give the most flexibility and features for the money. Both had dual piston pumps, both were fan cooled, and both had user serviceable parts readily available. Mine can take bags up to 11”, but both brands have 15” models as well. I’ve personally never used bags over 11”, so the upgrade wasn’t worth it to me. I paid $269 plus tax at the Webstaurant store, with free shipping. I’ve got an elk to package up, so I’ll be putting it through it’s paces in the next week or so.
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I would recommend steering clear of the ones with the Automatic Bag detection where you stick the bag in the front. I have one which works ok, but it's a PITA sometimes to get the sensor to detect the bag, especially when you're down to the end of a roll and the bag is curled.
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I ordered a Vacmaster Pro 350 that should be here tomorrow. I had been using a Foodsaver Gamesaver Silver for several years. It works okay, but itís got a thin seal bar, and I was losing a lot of seals over time. Did a lot of research, and narrowed it down to the Vacmaster and a couple of Weston models. Both seemed to review favorably, but the Vacmaster seemed to give the most flexibility and features for the money. Both had dual piston pumps, both were fan cooled, and both had user serviceable parts readily available. Mine can take bags up to 11Ē, but both brands have 15Ē models as well. Iíve personally never used bags over 11Ē, so the upgrade wasnít worth it to me. I paid $269 plus tax at the Webstaurant store, with free shipping. Iíve got an elk to package up, so Iíll be putting it through itís paces in the next week or so.
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After looking at the pictures of this sealer are you limited on size of meat you want to seal? In other words if I wanted to seal an entire brisket it would not fit under that lid.
Yeah, you are limited by the size of the compartment, but it is fairly good size...not a full brisket size though.
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I’ve used several food saver brands and have had nothing but trouble! Bought a 12” Cabelas HD and it has been great. On sale now for $69.
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Me and a buddy went in halves on a VacMaster 215. Its amazing! bags are 5 to 6 cents each depending on size and a retarded monkey can operate it. We put up 150 lbs of cold smoked sausage yesterday, 2 guys bagging and me running the machine. Over the course of +- 130 packages, I was behind 9 packages when they finished bagging. The machine never rested, and never faltered. Now I'm convinced that I need this machine at home as well as the shop.
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I have had several foodsaver sealers and last year I bought an MAXVAC 1000 VACUUM SEALER. The wider seal does work alot better than the thin foodsaver seals and the LEM vacuums faster and stronger.
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I’ve used several food saver brands and have had nothing but trouble! Bought a 12” Cabelas HD and it has been great. On sale now for $69.
My second food saver is about 15 yrs old. Still works but I don't use it a whole lot. Worst thing about it is Ya have to go kinda slow or the heat strip will over heat and you won't get a good seal. Works OK for what I do.
Got an LEM catalog the other day and they had some nice lookin ones @ about 3x what I paid for the Walmart Foodsaver. Thinkin that might be my next sealer.
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My original Food Saver has served me well. It's been having a few issues the last couple of times I've used it, but I'm overdue for an update. Any more feedback from those that might have picked up new models for Christmas?
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I just bought the Cabela's 15" pro model. They were 25% off may still be. Only sealed three things so far and I like it. It does take up a lot of counter space though so you need a big area to use as a work space.
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Guys if you want to save yourself time/money and aggravation don't by a vac sealer- get a chambered sealer. Mine will crush a can and there is zero air left in the bag. Your sealing comes out with little chance of spoilage. No air and your product is fresh when you take it out to eat. It will be similar to the small tuna steaks you see in the seafood area of grocery stores.
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Guys if you want to save yourself time/money and aggravation don't by a vac sealer- get a chambered sealer. Mine will crush a can and there is zero air left in the bag. Your sealing comes out with little chance of spoilage. No air and your product is fresh when you take it out to eat. It will be similar to the small tuna steaks you see in the seafood area of grocery stores.
I was really impressed with the one yall were using on the tuna trip. What I really liked was that it wouldn't pull liquids out of the bag which messes up the sealing on traditional models.
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Guys if you want to save yourself time/money and aggravation don't by a vac sealer- get a chambered sealer. Mine will crush a can and there is zero air left in the bag. Your sealing comes out with little chance of spoilage. No air and your product is fresh when you take it out to eat. It will be similar to the small tuna steaks you see in the seafood area of grocery stores.
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I was really impressed with the one yall were using on the tuna trip. What I really liked was that it wouldn't pull liquids out of the bag which messes up the sealing on traditional models.
Which model?

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I'm not sure which one Glen has but it is awesome! I've got a ton of fish in my freezer sealed by it! I need to buy one myself.
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I'm not sure which one Glen has but it is awesome! I've got a ton of fish in my freezer sealed by it! I need to buy one myself.
Yea..I'm done with the 2 I've got. 5 or 6 packages and the cabelas is ok. Same with the food saver. But if you want to do a bunch it's a nut kick keeping the tray dry

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I have a VacPackIt. Bought it off Webstraunt supply online. Paid about $600 for it. It is a chambered unit. I don’t think it matters as long as it is a chambered unit and not a vac unit
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I’m still using an older Food Saver.

I ran into a problem where it would run the vacuum forever, but wouldn’t seal.

The simple solution was to replace the foam gaskets, which is relatively cheap, or to soak the old gaskets in water before sealing.
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Vacmaster is great. Make sure to get the model that has the oil cooled pump. On sausage making day you can over heat the air cooled model. I love mine. Can even vac pack soup or gumbo or water to make block ice.
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With just a few minutes of research it appears the vac pac it has same features as the vp215 and is 160 cheaper. Both have 1/4 hp oil cooled pumps and 10 1/4 seal bars
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With just a few minutes of research it appears the vac pac it has same features as the vp215 and is 160 cheaper. Both have 1/4 hp oil cooled pumps and 10 1/4 seal bars
I'm thinking about this one. I think it's the same one Glen has. Our last tuna trip we probably sealed over 100 bags and all were perfect!

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I'm thinking about this one. I think it's the same one Glen has. Our last tuna trip we probably sealed over 100 bags and all were perfect!

https://www.webstaurantstore.com/vac...86VMC10OP.html
First one I looked at as well. I wish I could locate one for the lower prices I saw in another thread
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Guys if you want to save yourself time/money and aggravation don't by a vac sealer- get a chambered sealer. Mine will crush a can and there is zero air left in the bag. Your sealing comes out with little chance of spoilage. No air and your product is fresh when you take it out to eat. It will be similar to the small tuna steaks you see in the seafood area of grocery stores.


Mine must have issues. Itís the VP215 model. I called and they said change the oil. I did and it didnít help. Always leaves air in the bags.


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Mine must have issues. Itís the VP215 model. I called and they said change the oil. I did and it didnít help. Always leaves air in the bags.


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Mine does not suck down as tight as I think it should, and I thought was leaving air also, but ive never had anything get freezer burn. And ive left stuff in the freezer for two years before eating and it was fine. So it seems like maybe these units work a bit differently and dont have to suck the ever loving heck out of the bags and scrunch them all up to get a good vacuum. Because I can move the contents of the bag around after its sealed. But again, never been a problem with freshness.

Does this sound like what yours is doing also?


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Mine does not suck down as tight as I think it should, and I thought was leaving air also, but ive never had anything get freezer burn. And ive left stuff in the freezer for two years before eating and it was fine. So it seems like maybe these units work a bit differently and dont have to suck the ever loving heck out of the bags and scrunch them all up to get a good vacuum. Because I can move the contents of the bag around after its sealed. But again, never been a problem with freshness.

Does this sound like what yours is doing also?


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Kinda. Mine seems to have issues with round objects. Just for example I vacuum packed my grinder stuffing tool. Left lots of air. Then I vacuum packed a tape measure and it sealed up tight.

I really noticed when I vacuum packed my summer sausage.


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