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  1. Everytime I've been in, there's been a line of people, including industry people, getting their knives sharpened. I've had them do a few, when they required extensive rework. They did a good job, and it's cheap. They use a grinder or sander for normal stuff.
  2. My store had both; they sold out of the dog ones the first day they were on offer.
  3. PAO is 'polyalphaolefin', a variety of syntheic base oil. 32 is the ISO viscosity. I expect that any vacuum oil with that viscosity would be suitable. The big feature of oils specified for vacuum pumps is the low foaming, and low vapor pressure. from a lubrication stand point, it's not a terribly tough job.
  4. my vp215 sits on a pair of 5/4 decking boards, running front to back. I can push the back off the edge of the filing cabinet its on far enough to reach the drain plug. When I'm done, I just push it back. I'm pretty sure I put some felt on the bottom to make it slide a bit easier. It makes changing the oil pretty easy. I do it once a year, I think the tun time suggsestons make no sense for low home usage. I'm due to do it again, I could take photos. Mine did not come with oil in it. It had some, presumably from the factory testing, but nowhere near enough to actually to run it.
  5. dscheidt


    That's the slaughter weight. Less the feathers, head, innards, etc, will be about 4 pounds. Cooking will lose some more weight.
  6. About 20 years ago, I had a tour of an egg processing factory. They had, among other things, an hard boiled egg line. The eggs weren't actually boiled, it's just 180ish water. They get dunked twice, and then go into a very cold water bath. That cools them to 40 degrees or so iin very short order, which pulls the membrane away from the egg. Then they go through a peeling machine, which is a bunch of rollers, that crack the shells and squeeze the egg out. the other thing I saw was a machine for making loafs of hardboiled eggs. about a foot long, suitable for slicing for salad toppings, etc. same things as the pictures in the first post, but tubular.
  7. If they're ETL certified, they won't be. ETL are a NRTL, same as UL. Little benefit, much expense, in getting a dual listing. (NRTL = nationally recognized testing laboratory. People who certify that stuff meets various safety standards. If you read a code, and it says something like "only listed appliances may be installed", they mean "appliances that one of the labs we recognize has certified to meet the appropriate standards." UL are the best known, but not the only one. ETL are another, there are few more, who do more limited stuff. )
  8. I used to make myself potato chips in a two cup stainless steel measuring jug. it was nice and tall, but narrow. I used less than a cup of oil. Even the crappy electric stove I had in that apartment could keep that hot.
  9. If the bag is going to fail, I'd want it to fail now, while I'm paying attention to it, and not when its in the freezer.
  10. My thought is as long as you have an oil pump, you are fine. The vacuum pump is designed for uses where it pulls a hard vacuum and maintains the hard vacuum for quite some time. Intermittent use, like in a chamber sealer, isn't going to shorten the life of the pump. What will change is how fast you can vacuum out the air in your chamber, which impacts sealing cycle time. The VP215 has only a timer, so I end up setting the vacuum for a fairly long time (my machine is set for 33 seconds most of the time) so that my typical bag (6x9 is my most used size) gets a proper vacuum. With a big bag, that's longer than required, but I don't generally care. It's annoying if i am sealing 10 bags at the same time, and if were doing it all day, I might actually care. I'd buy based on price, size, availability of service, reviews, etc, with pump size being a small factor.
  11. I vacuum seal mason jars all the time. The regular canning sort, with a two piece lid. Leave the band loose, and air goes out, and when the vacuum is released the lid is firmly held in place by atmospheric pressure. Jars that are too tall to stand up right can go in on their side. Obviously, that doesn't work if they're full of liquids, but for stuff that can take it works great.
  12. My take is that if you read 'mutant rabbits from Mars' every where you see blockchain, you'll be just as accurate.
  13. camelcamelcamel are great, but in past years, amazon has not made the prime day pricing available to third parties (there are other tracking sites, too). So they won't know if there's a prime day deal on what you're looking for. I see no reason they'd change that.
  14. I have one of these. I bought it, according to Amazon, on September 27, 2007. It still works fine, and is accurate. The display has gotten hard to read, there's some thing in between layers of hte display. I also have a little scale by american weigh scales. 1Kg by 0.1 g. It sucks. switch doesn't work right, the tare switch sticks, and it's generally chinese crap. Amusingly, for a while after I I bought it, Amazon was convinced I needed very small zip lock bags.
  15. I was, yes. I am sure the pro is much more flexible.
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