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Vacmaster 230 On Sale

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  • caliking
    caliking Posts: 18,746
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    caliking said:
    Photo Egg said:
    @caliking
    Might need some of your past history advice sneaking this into the house or hiding it.
    Lately, I've had success with "No idea how that got here." I think she has given up =)
    Tell your swmbo this is just one of 101 reasons it's a good investment  =)

    Great minds! We already do this :) Sealed stocks of whole spices in the pantry, and grind maybe a week's worth at a time. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • alaskanassasin
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    GregW said:
    HeavyG said:
    Was the damage serious enough to effect the structural integrity of the table in its intended use?
    A little bit of a dented corner that a block of wood and a hammer could take most of it out. It also has a spot weld coming through the top near the dented corner. A Dremel could polish it down to prevent getting cut by it. I'm a perfectionist, particularly about something that I paid probably more than I should have for. I have always said there was nothing wrong with the money I paid, it was in perfect condition, and I should receive merchandise in the same condition. I know the world doesn't always work that way.
    It was free! Put the chamber sealer over the damaged spot? Or order another one.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • HeavyG
    HeavyG Posts: 10,375
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    I get what you're saying. It's definitely a bummer that it arrived damaged - I was just curious if couldn't be used until you got a better table.
    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ― Philip K. Diçk




  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    GregW said:
    HeavyG said:
    Was the damage serious enough to effect the structural integrity of the table in its intended use?
    A little bit of a dented corner that a block of wood and a hammer could take most of it out. It also has a spot weld coming through the top near the dented corner. A Dremel could polish it down to prevent getting cut by it. I'm a perfectionist, particularly about something that I paid probably more than I should have for. I have always said there was nothing wrong with the money I paid, it was in perfect condition, and I should receive merchandise in the same condition. I know the world doesn't always work that way.
    It was free! Put the chamber sealer over the damaged spot? Or order another one.
    The damage is the rear left corner- so it is not easily seen. If I ordered another table, it certainly would not be from webstaurantstore.com. Not because how they handled the situation, but rather how they pack for shipment. I know if I ordered another table from them, it would be delivered in the same shape.
    I did order a few thousand sealer bags from them and they were fine- no damage, but they were packed better and a lot less likely to be damaged. 
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    HeavyG said:
    I get what you're saying. It's definitely a bummer that it arrived damaged - I was just curious if couldn't be used until you got a better table.
    It can be used and I plan to use it. I'm waiting to see if the middle shelf that is still in transit and scheduled for delivery tomorrow, will arrive in a good enough condition to be used.
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    I got the sealer unpacked, the thing is huge and heavy. I filled it with oil and ran a test run- seems to be working perfectly.
    The table saga continues, the middle shelf and legs were delayed and won't deliver until Tuesday.
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    GregW said:
    I got the sealer unpacked, the thing is huge and heavy. I filled it with oil and ran a test run- seems to be working perfectly.
    The table saga continues, the middle shelf and legs were delayed and won't deliver until Tuesday.
    I’m going to put mine on one end of my 6’ Boos butcher block table. I hope it can handle the weight.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
    edited February 2023
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    What are the dimensions of your table? I would love to have a Boos butcher block table- I bet its massively heavy 
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    GregW said:
    What are the dimensions of your table? I would love to have a Boos butcher block table- I bet its massively heavy 
    It’s not one of the real high dollar tables. It’s 5 feet wide, not 6, and 30” deep.
    Block top it only 1 1/2” thick. Body is stainless and has lower adjustable shelf that I don’t believe is stainless. But it works great to hold stuff I should use more.lol
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    Just a heads up for those of you with nice countertops…
    The 4 rubber feet on this sealer can/will mark up your tops. I added some felt pads for now. 1” are a tad small but work. Might also add an “L” brace under sealer to help support weight on wood top.

    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    Photo Egg said:
    Just a heads up for those of you with nice countertops…
    The 4 rubber feet on this sealer can/will mark up your tops. I added some felt pads for now. 1” are a tad small but work. Might also add an “L” brace under sealer to help support weight on wood top.

    Very good advice.
    Another cautionary tale worth mentioning- years ago when I was just getting into Sous Vide, I had a rather large SV container on the kitchen counter- the tops were Corian. The container probably held 4 gallons. At the time , I was doing a high temp cook of around 190 Degrees- the heat actually caused a stress crack in the counter top. I now am very careful about what I place on the counter top.
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,102
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    GregW said:
    Photo Egg said:
    Just a heads up for those of you with nice countertops…
    The 4 rubber feet on this sealer can/will mark up your tops. I added some felt pads for now. 1” are a tad small but work. Might also add an “L” brace under sealer to help support weight on wood top.

    Very good advice.
    Another cautionary tale worth mentioning- years ago when I was just getting into Sous Vide, I had a rather large SV container on the kitchen counter- the tops were Corian. The container probably held 4 gallons. At the time , I was doing a high temp cook of around 190 Degrees- the heat actually caused a stress crack in the counter top. I now am very careful about what I place on the counter top.
    I learned that lesson with a hot pad on my dining room table.  Fortunately no permanent damage.
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  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    Here is another example of the packaging that webstaurantstore.com does.
    This is shorter legs that they shipped for the table.
    Notice how the legs protrude through the top due to the box not being tall enough.
    I'm surprised FedEx would accept a package like this for shipment.

  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    Got it set up and did the standard coke can crush test. My Vacmaster pro380 was far better than my older foodsaver. But this chamber sealer, even dialed down to 25 seconds was better. Also packed up a cup bag of wild rice for a friend. I just used standard mesh bags for the tests so I could get a comparison to my 380.
    My only complaint…I wish it had a magnetic bag hold down bar like a few other models have.



    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
    edited February 2023
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    I have vac packed a few bags of white rice so far. I have had bags punctured by the rice. The bags I'm using are 2 mil. I think the embossed bags are likely a lot thicker.

    Edit- I may buy thicker bags in the future- what thickness do you use?
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
    edited February 2023
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    @Photo Egg I didn't know magnetic bag hold bars existed.
    I can see if the bag was really full, it could be difficult to get the bag to lay evenly over the sealer bar. In my case, I usually have at least 3-4 inches of empty bag, so it lays easily over the sealer bar.
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    GregW said:
    Here is another example of the packaging that webstaurantstore.com does.
    This is shorter legs that they shipped for the table.
    Notice how the legs protrude through the top due to the box not being tall enough.
    I'm surprised FedEx would accept a package like this for shipment.

    Holy Crap…”here at red the neck box store we guarantee shipping damage or you get your money back”…
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 19,260
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    GregW said:
    Here is another example of the packaging that webstaurantstore.com does.
    This is shorter legs that they shipped for the table.
    Notice how the legs protrude through the top due to the box not being tall enough.
    I'm surprised FedEx would accept a package like this for shipment.

    I received a pizza turner from Webstraunt store that was turned into a banana.  They were quick to refund, no hassle.  I wonder how many items get ruined between their packing and delivery services?
    They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That's against their interests. - George Carlin
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    @Ozzie_Isaac
    I would think even anything remotely fragile has a fairly high damage return rate. Commercial kitchens probably overlook a lot of the damage. That may be why the restock fee is 20% for commercial and 30% residential.
    I just wish they could offer more expensive shipping options that are safer. You can't beat what Vacmaster does- ships on a pallet strapped down via a freight service.  
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    GregW said:
    @Photo Egg I didn't know magnetic bag hold bars existed.
    I can see if the bag was really full, it could be difficult to get the bag to lay evenly over the sealer bar. In my case, I usually have at least 3-4 inches of empty bag, so it lays easily over the sealer bar.
    Also, depending on the thickness of contents in the bag, remove none, one or both filler boards so the seal edge is as level with the sealer bar as possible.
    canuckland
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    @Canugghead
    That's a fantastic deal

  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,102
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    Regular price $15-$16/kilo pack... clearance at $2/pack couple of days before BB.  10 canuck bucks for 11lb bacon, why not. Seal and freeze baby.


    Score!  My brother and his wife frequent AAA salvage in San Antonio all the time and get insane deals on food.
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    I love lamp..
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 19,260
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    Regular price $15-$16/kilo pack... clearance at $2/pack couple of days before BB.  10 canuck bucks for 11lb bacon, why not. Seal and freeze baby.


    Is that canadian bacon or real bacon?  Either way less than a simolean/kings pound is a crazy good deal.
    They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That's against their interests. - George Carlin
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    Regular price $15-$16/kilo pack... clearance at $2/pack couple of days before BB.  10 canuck bucks for 11lb bacon, why not. Seal and freeze baby.


    Score!  My brother and his wife frequent AAA salvage in San Antonio all the time and get insane deals on food.
    Bonus for us, this was at our regular grocery supermarket, no special trip needed.
    canuckland
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    Regular price $15-$16/kilo pack... clearance at $2/pack couple of days before BB.  10 canuck bucks for 11lb bacon, why not. Seal and freeze baby.


    Is that canadian bacon or real bacon?  Either way less than a simolean/kings pound is a crazy good deal.
    Haha, not the so called Canadian peameal coated bacon, it's 'real' but better at about 1/8" thick and maple wood smoked  ;)
    canuckland
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    GregW said:
    He is a photo of my setup. Hopefully it will allow me to make better use of the Sous Vide setup and the Robot Coup/Vitamix. I tend to collect things that do not readily fit in my small kitchen.
    Beautiful cart you got there, and it's free?! Love the shelf for the bags.
    canuckland
  • alaskanassasin
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    That is awesome @GregW
    South of Columbus, Ohio.