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Old 08-13-2020, 10:21 AM
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Not happy with the performance of my cabelas pro vacuum sealer..... does not make a good seal after only 1 yr of use. Does anyone know of a quality unit that doesn’t require a mortgage?
Old 08-13-2020, 10:58 AM
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Weston Pro 2300. Have several friends who use this one and are still very happy with it.

https://www.meatprocessingproducts.com/65-0201.html
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Old 08-13-2020, 11:47 AM
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Vacmaster Pro 350...love it.
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I had a foodsaver and it was junk. Quit sealing properly after minimal use. After it I purchased a weston 2300 and it was a very good unit. Every part is replaceable too. Had mine for 4 years of pretty regular use with zero issues.

That said I sold it and bought a vacmaster 215 and have zero regets. I use it every single day and it will literally pay for itself in the cost of the bags (have went through well over a thousand so far). I very rarely use ziplocs anymore. I seal soups and gumbos, beans, etc, freeze them, then cook/reheat them sous vide in the bag.

It's a lot of money but it's been worth it for me. If you're not going the chamber vacation route then the weston is a very good choice.....

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How about a vacuum system that can handle moisture? We had a foodsaver and it lasted 6 months, the cabelas brand may have lasted a year. We put the paper towels down during the process to absorb the moisture before it got into the machine, but I was told the failure was due to moisture. The wife just said last week that she wanted to get a new one. Thanks op perfect timing on this thread.
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I have the foodsaver $100 model and have had it for about 5 years now with no issue. We use it daily. I have vacuum sealed some wet nasty crap and never had a problem.
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The Weston 2300 has no problem sealing moist meats, the seal is about a 1/4" wide and I never used paper towels. Here's a couple pics of some fish and snack sticks. You can see how thick the seal is, especially at the bottom of the snack stick pic. Look at the fish pic closely, I let it suck water out of the bag and it sealed through the water. The Weston has a decent size trough to catch any liquids before they make it to the pump.



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I am going to throw another vote in for the Vacmaster 215 chamber sealer. It is pretty pricey up front but as has been stated it will save you money not only in bags but in food that you don't waste. You will seal things you didn't even think about sealing. I fold hand towels up and seal them and keep them on the boat for the days when I forget a hand towel. Sealed up they don't draw moisture so don't mold or mildew. You can seal all kinds of liquids with a chamber sealer. Make your own ice packs, seal soup, gravy, broth, any kind of liquid meals. You can vacuum seal things in mason jars. We put ours on a rolling cart we got from Costco and simply roll it into a closet when not using it. Cart has a shelf for storing your extra bags.
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
Weston Pro 2300. Have several friends who use this one and are still very happy with it.

https://www.meatprocessingproducts.com/65-0201.html
https://www.katom.com/041-650201.html

Had mine for 2 years now and wish I would have bought it long ago. It's a great machine and worth the money.
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Get an original Trulia Foodsaver. Made in Italy, serviceable and handle liquids just fine. Best part is they are dirt cheap. I need to get a back up while they are still readily available.
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That vacmaster 215 is pricey
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I have a cheap food saver and it does the job after 2 seasons. I pat dry the filets usually . Never had any issues and I paid maybe $60

Other than that, nothing to add other than to say that your username made me curious
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Originally Posted by Delduck View Post
That vacmaster 215 is pricey
Yep, but the math doesn't lie. Over time (if you use it a lot) the machine will pay for itself just because of the cheaper bags. I've probably used closer to 2,000 bags but lets say 1,000 for easy math. 1,000 bags @ $.04 is $40. The cheapest 4 mil pint bags I've seen for a foodsaver range from $ .12 - .20 so that's $120-200. Meaning in a year and a half I've saved at least $80-160 in bags but actually closer to $200+ since I've used close to 2000 bags.

Just wanted to show the cost savings for anyone interested but I didn't buy it to save money. I bought it because I wanted to seal soups, beans, gumbos, sauces, powders, spices, anything liquid, or anything wet. I also picked it because it doesn't have a duty cycle. The cheaper foodsavers have a limited run time before they get hot and have to go in a standby period to cool off. This is not an issue when doing a handful of bags at a time but it does matter when you're sealing up very large batches or several deer at a time.

The bags are way cheaper than ziploks too so I rarely use them anymore. Any leftovers go in a vacuum bag. I'd say I use this machine 5 times per week. It's very pricey but worth the money, IMO. The only negative I will mention is the chamber vacs do not operate as fast as the regular ones. This is because they have to remove the air from the entire chamber, not just the bag. On average mine takes about 25-30 seconds to remove the air and seal the bag.

Here's a pic from another thread of some different things that I seal with it....




Here's 50lbs of venison bacon burger....






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Absolutely go with a chamber vac unit, do not go with the other type, its just not worth it over the long run.
I have had an ebay/chinese chamber for well over a year now and its fantastic. No issues whatsoever and works great. Price? $350. Got bulk bags from webresturantstore.com for like 2 cents each and now I'm set for life. You will need a quart or pint of pump oil. Let me know if you have any questions!

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That's the one thing I dont like a out my Cabellas unit, I have to towel dry all my fish, shrimp etc because any moisture it will prevent a seal. Otherwise the unit has worked well for what it is and my needs and it is small and easily stored in a kitchen where space is a premium. I like the cabellas bags. Some of these other more expensive units seem pretty big.
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Yup, my Bass Pro purchase Food saver sucks after minimal use. I wrap my fish in paper towels to help with the moisture. I will be buy a new one soon. I just got done struggling with it doing 30lbs of filets from last nights trip.
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pro tip... freeze your fish partially on a cookie sheet or cooling rack with wax paper or plastic wrap, then seal them
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Not happy with the performance of my cabelas pro vacuum sealer..... does not make a good seal after only 1 yr of use. Does anyone know of a quality unit that doesn’t require a mortgage?
The Vac Master is not cheap but, as mentioned above, is well worth it! Chamber vacs are much better as they are easier to work with and will seal wet fillets like a champ. Actually cheaper in the long run as bags are inexpensive and the machine will last forever. We've had a 215 for 3 years without any issues.
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Here is a simple solution when using the Food Saver type sealers. Place your items is a thin grocery store produce bag. Force most of the air out, twist bag and place into your embossed sealer bag and you will not have any moisture in your seal. And yes, the thin produce page will collapse. Sometimes I apply a double heat seal. BTW- always buy your bags on the internet by the 100. Much less expensive.

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