What are you guys running this year for a vacuum sealer? I don't have one right now but I am in the market, would it be better for me to go ahead and make the investment for a chamber sealer? Going to be processing my own deer this year.
$600 won't get you much of a chamber type either - I'm of 2 schools; 1) buy two Foodsavers and keep the extra for when the frontline quits 2) there's a company in Seattle (cannot remember the name to save my life) that sells reburbished commercials for reasonable, a close friend/fishing guide buys chamber models refurbed and has excellent luck - that company also does the rebuilding of the ones they sell - all that said, I have a Weston Pro 2300 I got at Cabela's for $499 that has worked great for 7 years now - Actually, it's all about the BAGS more than the machinesI just picked up a foodsaver from costco. Most people that use them a lot will tell you they suck, and they're probably right. But I just can't justify $600+ on a chamber sealer as much as I would like one. Hell I've been putting everything in plastic zip locks and squeezing or sucking the air out my whole life, so this will be a step up. If I think there is that much of an advantage, and this crappy foodsaver is the bomb, maybe I'll be able to justify a chamber sealer when it dies.
I just got Gamesaver last year. I hope mine will last that long - lolI have a Gamesaver which is the sportsman version of the Foodsaver. Biggest difference is that it will run on either 12 volt or 110 v.. Ten years old and still going. Replaced the seals nd the cutter blade once and that was my only maintenance. Parts and bags available on Amazon.