Bought a unit from foodsaver like that on sale at Cabela's about 8 months ago. I've used it pretty hard(sausage making, meat processing, and preserving fruits and veggies from the garden, curing bacon and so on...) Mine is about wore out. It won't pull a full vacuum without some down-pressure on the lid. My next one will be a heavy-duty one from Pleasant Hills Grain Co. The foodsavers are fine for occasional use, but if you're going to run it hard, buy a better unit. Like grand dad used to say, buy cheap and cry often, or buy good and cry once. Whatever unit you but, don't go cheap on bags. Buy the best quality bag you can lay your hands on.
I bought a foodsaver about three or four years ago. It went bad about a year after i bought it. I got in touch with their return center and they sent me a brand new one. It went belly up in a week and I sent it back as well and they sent me ANOTHER brand new one. This one has been working well (knock on wood) so far. It sure does make frozen foods last alot longer.
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