Vacuum sealers

 Looking to buy a new one soon. Which one and why ? Any recommendations and where to buy it cheers.

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Sun, 2018-05-27 09:03

 Oceanside have them, and a fishwrecked discount too.

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 We have a sunbeam one

Sun, 2018-05-27 09:13

 We  have a sunbeam one think it was one of the cheaper ones going around , think we got it from good guys being going  for years works great and we vac seal heaps of stuff with it 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I had a Sunbeam , too

Sun, 2018-05-27 09:20

 it was great for many years, then started playing up. Until then, always sealed well, even with wet fish in it. We then bought one of the recommended ones, as above, and personally, I don't think it is as good. We are using the same bags ( off ebay) as we did with the Sunbeam, and we have a lot of seal fails where the vaccuum hasn't held. It's noisier than a Dockers crowd when Sandy breaks into a slow canter, and tries to vibrate itself off the benchtop. 

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I've got

Sun, 2018-05-27 09:30

the one that I think Oceanside sell now. Got it off Dave Extreme coolers at least 5 years ago and have done heaps with it, home and camping. Has never missed a beat.

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 Recently went to Oceanside

Sun, 2018-05-27 11:03

 Went to Oceanside recently to grap one for a mate. No longer available. Apparently Dave is no longer importing them.

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 Thats interesting as i was

Sun, 2018-05-27 09:36

 Thats interesting as i was thinking of upgrading ours one day but for the money you save might go with the sunbeam again we found instead of buying bags it works out cheaper to buy rolls and cut to desired length you want 

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rolls v bags

Sun, 2018-05-27 10:07

you are right Happy dayz the rolls are cheaper but I know with the sunbeam one I have it overheats after maybe 15ish vacuum and seals in a row
with the pre made bags it means your only using the seal for 50% of the time compared to rolls, it is the seal which creates the most heat. Obviously I only really have this problem if I have a heap to do on a trip away or similar

As for which one the sunbeam has worked reasonably well been on trips to steep etc at least 5yo I think my actual seals on the unit are pretty worn out

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 Yeah thats true mate when it

Sun, 2018-05-27 11:47

 Yeah thats true mate when it does start to  get real warm then its time for a rest and a tinnie ! Then back into it 

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 You can actually buy

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:14

 You can actually buy replacement seals for them, electrical place on Cambridge st can't think of their name at the moment. 

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 The ones that have a bag

Sun, 2018-05-27 10:02

 The ones that have a bag roll cutter and compartment built in are heaps more convenient for me, especially if using on the boat

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next one

Sun, 2018-05-27 10:21

next one i buy will be a commercial one worth about 4k i have blown up about 5 or 6 of the home ones . i dont rate any of them at all. its probably all due to moisture but i dont want to have to worry about it so big upgrade i think

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Vac sealer

Sun, 2018-05-27 10:57

 Have been using the primus vac sealer for about 3 years now. In the past Have had sunbeam, Ebay specials etc and killed them all.

The thing i like about the primus is even after 3 years and a hell of a lot of use, it still doesnt over heat after sealing bag after bag, and you dont have to put pressure on it to make it suck the air out, unlike every other one ive owned.

 

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 I have evapac from dave

Sun, 2018-05-27 11:17

 I have evapac from dave still good 5 yrs on. However when i buy a new one would have to be the sunbeam Gamesaver. Works of 12v too

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Sunbeam.

Sun, 2018-05-27 13:23

 I have flogged an old Sunbeam for about 8 years now and it has only recently started playing up. I would buy Sunbeam again if I could get one that seals on command at the press of a button. Sometimes if fluid passes over the sealing/heat bar the auto seal won't kick in because the pressure switch isn't activated. Underdstand some sealers, like mine have a system where the air is evacuated to a point where a pressure switch is activated automatically to seal the bag and other sealers have the option via a button to seal the bag when you want to. I have never had overheating problems with the Sunbeam but obviously all heat bars heat up more with continual operation and can in effect melt bags before vacuum is completed, so simply slow up the process. Hope this helps.

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 Sunbeam, and I’ve flogged it

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:44

 Sunbeam, and I’ve flogged it to death...I’ll be buying another when this gives up the ghost. It’s nearly knackered now to be honest and I have to double seal the bags sometimes and then it overheats after about 4-6 bags then every two bags after that...but I’ve had it for ages and it’s served me very well.

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Always used

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:45

Primus one . No issues .

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 Mate took his primus to exxy

Sun, 2018-05-27 19:18

 Mate took his primus to exxy and the foam seal fell apart. 

The new foodsaver is good with built in roll and cutter.

 

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 Mate took his primus to exxy

Sun, 2018-05-27 19:18

 Mate took his primus to exxy and the foam seal fell apart. 

The new foodsaver is good with built in roll and cutter.

 

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Pacfoods VS305. These are

Sun, 2018-05-27 19:28

Pacfoods VS305. These are very fast, reliable, commercial grade and very strong vac pressure. Mates have even bought them after seeing and using mine. I’ve had the VS300 model for 5 years now. Fantastic and it’s sealed about 3000+ bags of fish and crays. 

https://pacfood.com.au/products/domestic-products/vacuum-sealers/

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 link doesnt work for me?

Mon, 2018-05-28 10:19

 link doesnt work for me?

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Sorry mate, its the old

Mon, 2018-05-28 10:48

Sorry mate, its the old school over the top set up fishwrecked has for posting links. 

This will work:

pacfood.com.au/products/domestic-products/vacuum-sealers/

 

I should probably correct myself and say i have the VS600 model (Superceded by VS305). On average, vacs and seals my fillets at 10 secs per bag (6 sec Vac, 4 sec seal). When you're doing 20kg of fillets bagging, its a god send. Oh...and you NEVER have to wait for cooling or overheating. 

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 How much is it Mate? And do

Mon, 2018-05-28 12:33

 How much is it Mate? And do you need to buy a specific bag or just the eBay rolls okay?

 

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 It's around $400 i think.

Mon, 2018-05-28 12:53

 It's around $400 i think. Any micro channel bags work. 

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 These do look the goods!

Mon, 2018-05-28 18:11

 These do look the goods!

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Had a sunbeam for years now.

Mon, 2018-05-28 17:57

Had a sunbeam for years now. Pat your fillets so not too much moisture, works a treat. I buy my various size bags from Mormac packaging in Balcatta and never had a problem.

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 I wish this thread had

Tue, 2018-05-29 05:13

 I wish this thread had poppped up a few weeks ago before i pulled the trigger on the newer sunbeam type....

 

I wouldve gone for that Pacfood model

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Saw this thread yesterday

Tue, 2018-05-29 12:43

and bought the VS305 today!! With 15 packs of various size bags a $900 order (ouch!!)

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$500 worth of bags! how much

Tue, 2018-05-29 14:39

$500 worth of bags! how much fish you expecting to vac seal?  

The embossed bags generally don't pierce easily in freezer with stuff getting thrown around. (Small pinholes happen time to time with things being thrown around in freezer)

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Postage

Tue, 2018-05-29 16:37

Only roughly $400 in bags as the postage was around $90....apparently 42kgs!!!!! I was trying to be economical with bulk buying and postage, but may have got carried away

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 Maybe $400 worth of bags

Tue, 2018-05-29 18:47

 Maybe $400 worth of bags weighs about 40kg

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 I usually order 500 at a

Wed, 2018-05-30 09:46

 I usually order 500 at a time, and the boxes are quite heavy. approx 150x250mm bags. So i can only imagine if he's spent $400, probably ordered about 50kg of bags. Sealer is about 10kg. 

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Order

Wed, 2018-05-30 12:04

Yeah, I ordered the VS305 Sealer package, which included some bags and rolls, then 500 each of 165x250, 200x300 and 280x400. 200x300 are my go to size I use at home all the time. The 280x400 are great for DHI and Shelter Bay trips where the boat trip means we need 300mm fillets. All of these bags are the thicker Embossed Micro Channel Bags, which handle the rough treatmnent better.

I can't imagine the VS305 will come with me on these trips....looks a bit too big I'll use my EvaPac for that.

No doubt I went overboard with ordering so many bags...I'm sure my wife is going to say that once they arrive!!!

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 hahaha...that is a lot of

Wed, 2018-05-30 13:51

 hahaha...that is a lot of bags....nah you'll be ok with size. THey're only double the size of a normal sealer. However, you'll love its speed. More time for drinking, less time for fish packing. 

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Pacfood sealer

Wed, 2018-06-06 21:01

 for anyone that is interested just been to a demo night on these pacfood sealers, there is a guy distributing them locally. He sells the vs305 for $400 including a free pack of 100 micron bags. His bags are also very reasonably priced and he sells 85 and 100 micron thickness. Trades under rippagauges.com 

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 Avoid the new big fancy

Thu, 2018-06-07 05:51

 Avoid the new big fancy sunbeam like the one i've bought....

 

Like i said i wish i'd deen this thread a few weeks ago, i'd have the pacfood model and wouldnt be dealing with this crappy thing....

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 For the amount of fish your

Thu, 2018-06-07 07:35

 For the amount of fish your catching id stick with  glad wrap