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Chamber Vacuum Sealers, 2014–


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13 minutes ago, btbyrd said:

 

 

A VacMaster VP-112. 

Me too - price and weight main considerations - many years with no problems - I won't argue that an oil pump isn't better, but...

 

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I briefly had that model but had nothing but problems.  Even with the assist from the company it never worked right.  Sent that boat anchor back and was too bummed from the experience to consider spending even more money on a higher end unit.  
 

I’m still using a FoodSaver, but based on my usage and the cost of  bags I’m still doing ok.  Just have to be creative to vac wet items 

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I bought a Buffalo chamber sealer just over 6 years ago now and it's been brilliant.  My parents got an identical one and have had loads of problems but ours has been perfect. It cost under £500 brand new so at £80 a year I'm delighted. We use it 4-5 times a week so although it's definitely not a heavy duty device it's been great for home use.

 

This is the one we bought

 

Though this looks like a newer model with similar 6.5L capacity

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On 1/30/2022 at 12:30 PM, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

I have a Polyscience.  My problem is I can't lift any known oil pump machine, so that choice was not an option.  As I recall Modernist Bread reports vacuum cooling dries out the loaf.

 

I have put my vp215 on a pair of skis so I can slide the drain plug past the edge of the cart it's on to change the oil.  While I can lift it, I have no desire to do so any more than strictly necessary.   The skis are just 5/4 deck boards that span from the front and back feet on each side, and allow the very small cantilever required to get to the drain plug.  (not to self: time to change oil....)

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12 minutes ago, dscheidt said:

I have put my vp215 on a pair of skis so I can slide the drain plug past the edge of the cart it's on to change the oil.  While I can lift it, I have no desire to do so any more than strictly necessary.   The skis are just 5/4 deck boards that span from the front and back feet on each side, and allow the very small cantilever required to get to the drain plug.  (not to self: time to change oil....)

 

I can only imagine the machine landing on me after I slip in the oil.

 

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On 2/6/2022 at 8:16 PM, dscheidt said:

I have put my vp215 on a pair of skis so I can slide the drain plug past the edge of the cart it's on to change the oil.  While I can lift it, I have no desire to do so any more than strictly necessary.   The skis are just 5/4 deck boards that span from the front and back feet on each side, and allow the very small cantilever required to get to the drain plug.  (not to self: time to change oil....)

Way past time.  IMG_0498.thumb.jpg.0dca010de1d17029670de598b9e0074b.jpg

 

The oil is clear or very slightly amber when new, it's clearly got lots of emusified water in it.  I changed it, ran one cycle, and what showed up in the pump sight glass looked filthy, so I drained it again.  I'll change it a second time in a few days when I get some more oil.  (It takes about 3 ounces.)

 

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This shows the skis, and the cantilever required to get the drain plug over the edge.  To fill, you have to take the back cover off (easy, just four screws).  this is piss poor design, it should be easier to do this. 

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So I was able to sell my VP215 for a good price thanks to inflation and I just put in an order for a demo unit of the Minipack MX2 for just a small upgrade premium (okay, maybe a $1000 isn't a small price). 

 

I know I'm getting a smaller chamber. My supplier says it'll fit a 10x12 bag which should suffice though (I have a bunch of 10x15 bags I'l need to cut down in size). I'm a bit sceptical about the 10x12 size but my brain isn't very good at envisioning geometry.  Overall, I'll like the smaller foot print and the aesthetics for the kitchen; there's some additional functionality with humidity sensors that run program that pull and release vacuums in succession to create infusions or to marinate food; that should be fun to play with.

Curious if anyone else owns the MX2? I hope I didn't make a mistake as I loved my VP215. 

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This arrived today... Had some issues upon arrival but was able to get it up and going with some excellent customer service from the Canadian distributor (TesTek)... look forward to experimenting with all the infusion cycles :)

Ignore all the finger prints... that's from all the troubleshooting haha

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Comments in this thread helped convince me to go for a wet pump chamber vacuum sealer. From there, the jump to an ACS controlled Henkelman Boxer 35 with liquid sensor was just a "small" additional upgrade...:D

 

I'll never use it enough to justify the cost, but a year later, I couldn't be happier with the purchase, so I just wanted to say thanks for the advice. The build quality from Henkelman is of course top notch, and maintenance hasn't been an issue at all - probably a combination of limited hobby use and the liquid sensor and oil cleaning program doing its job to prevent oil contamination.

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