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Old 08-21-2011, 08:40 PM   #11
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Here's another vote for the FS brand. I have had mine for 8 years now and it is still going strong. I have the horizontal type too. I keep it on the shelf in the pantry and just pull it out when I need it. You will love having one. You can seal and freeze or freeze and seal almost anything.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:40 PM   #12
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I shop the exact same way as you, vit.
Prepare to read a thousand reviews at Amazon, lol.
I always give more weight to those comments on the boards I frequent though, for anything. Lots to be said good and bad about vacuum devices, but when they work and the bag stands the test of freezer time, they are absolutely a tool and not a gadget.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #13
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when i see that six fs machines in the 100-180 dollar range score only 2 to 3 stars out of five, and this is in the 3000 series only, it leads me to conclude that price and quality don't necessarily go together in a predictable or reliable way. i also see two machines, models #3020 and #3250 that score 4 1/2 and 5 stars respectively, and are in the 100 dollar range. as to horizontal vs. vertical models, pac pointed out the simple fact that the crucial area to consider is that in front of the sealer, where the food is actually handled and wrapped. well, enough of this for today. thanks for sharing and listening.... :)
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:58 PM   #14
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FS has my vote too. Unfortunately for me, just last night my FS professional began unprompted sealing sequences just sitting on the counter!!! I will definitely get another one. It is one appliance that is well worth its cost and effort.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:24 PM   #15
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FS has my vote too. Unfortunately for me, just last night my FS professional began unprompted sealing sequences just sitting on the counter!!! I will definitely get another one. It is one appliance that is well worth its cost and effort.
sure is reassuring to hear such strong recommendations from happy fs users. have you tried unplugging your fs unit for awhile, juana? we all get stressed from time to time, you know....i'm cross-eyed from reading reviews for various fs models this afernoon. i did put in an order for the foodsaver v3020. please, if anyone knows this unit, send out a quick post with any info you might have about it. the seller is temporarily out of stock of this fs, so i still have time for last minute changes....juana, if you seriously need to buy a new fs, i have the skinny on many of the both highly rated and low rated machines....
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:31 PM   #16
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Should have mentioned I'm on my third FS. I keep it in the cabinet, and pull it down for sealing food, and then put it back up. I love it. As far as the vertical: I don't know, and I guess you don't really know anymore about where or not the complaints/reveiws are accurate. Good for everyone who has the vertical and hasn't had any problems......
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:49 PM   #17
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I have a vertical model (V3460). The only 'problems' I've experienced so far are-
-- relatively high cost of packaging materials and accessories
-- relatively limited availability of some of their accessories
-- the 3/4"+ of bagging material that is wasted for each seal
-- the poor vacuum holding capability of their round canisters
-- the unsuitability of their ziplock bags for freezing
-- my fs machine causes AM radio interference
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:02 PM   #18
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+1 on the AM interference. I can't listen to the Jim Rome Show when I am packaging.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:45 PM   #19
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I have a vertical model (V3460). The only 'problems' I've experienced so far are-
-- relatively high cost of packaging materials and accessories
-- relatively limited availability of some of their accessories
-- the 3/4"+ of bagging material that is wasted for each seal
-- the poor vacuum holding capability of their round canisters
-- the unsuitability of their ziplock bags for freezing
-- my fs machine causes AM radio interference
thanks for your input, jpb. that's quite a list of complaints you have about your fs machine, but i get the impression that you are still overall okay with it. do i have that right? where do you go for your packing supplies usually? are they basically one size fits all? you and pac need to turn off your am radios, turn on your ipods, while you're doing your wrapping....
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:10 PM   #20
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I ordered the FS Game Saver model this morning. Even though we will probably never use the 12V option, I still chose that model because it was the closest to feature matching the older Professional II being replaced. We frequently use the manual ‘seal only’ feature for re-closing various products in heat sealable bags like chips, beans, pastas and more. I also like that newer models bag cutters now have replaceable blades.
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