Vac Seal Bags

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Hi,

Purchased a small vacuum seal machine for the wife so I can use to seal my stuff for when i go camping.

Now the machine came with some bags and I did purchase some extras at the same time.

I was wondering where others purchase theirs bags from ie butcher supplies, kitchen supplies, others?.

The bags I got I felt should have also been allocated shares in iplex plastics, not cheap that's a fact.

I was told when I purchased the extra bags I could wash the bags out and reuse but that fired off alarm bells and food poisoning flashed before me and anyone that's had food poisoning would I'm sure understand my concern to not have a repeat performance.

So I understand the bags need to be stronger and thus thicker to withstand the sucking forces but there must be somewhere they can be purchased at reasonable prices.

If anyone can assist that would be great thanks.

Thanks Brian
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Reply By: wato35 - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 14:55

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 14:55
Hi Brian

What an opening line, if I said that I know where things would be stuffed.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 13:59

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 13:59
The best presents a man can get the wife is one he can use the most lol

Brian
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Reply By: kimberleybloke - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 14:58

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 14:58
What do you class as expensive? Bought these in the Kimberley from Retravision
Sunbeam Foodsaver rolls, 28cm x 5.4mtr (x 2 rolls in each box) $49.00
Sunbeam Foodsaver rolls, 20cm x 6.7mtr (x 2 rolls in each box) $39.00
You make up your bags to whatever size you want.Must be able to get a heap of bags from 24.2 meters.Probably even cheaper in the big smoke.Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 14:04

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 14:04
That seems like the same price and yes I would assume it would be cheaper in the big smoke ....... but then just got to look at petrol sometimes.

Brian
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 15:01

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 15:01
Hi Brian, Have a look on eBay. There is quite a selection there. Some are pre-cut, some are on rolls, and the price can vary. So do some price comparisons after deciding the sizes and quantities that you want and you should be able to buy well. From our experience quality is OK.
I agree that washing out is not on since al least some types of bags have fine ridges inside to allow the air to be sucked out - impossible to wash. Especially when camping with limited water supplies!

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Reply By: Mick O - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 15:18

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 15:18
Brian,

I have a small cryovac myself and I've got rolls of bag material from Aldi. It was $15 per box and there were two rolls in each box. It has performed well. At that price I made sure I bought 4 boxes. They come up every now and then in the Aldi catalogues.

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Reply By: Member - Porl - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 15:22

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 15:22
i buy from here online

http://thepackagingcentre.com.au/
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Reply By: Member - Tom L (WA) - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:04

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:04
Hi Brian and all other cryovac users, I purchased a Sunbeam VS5200 sometime ago and have tried to use it with the roll of plastic supplied and also bought another roll of slightly different material but cannot get all the air out. I am about ready to throw it out. Can anyone tell me what is the secret to successfully getting all the air out? All suggestion will be graetfully received.
Thanks, Tom
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Follow Up By: Member - Ray Mc (WA) - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 09:29

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 09:29
Gday Tom

We have had a sunbeam machine for over three years now and have only ever used the rolls for that machine. There have been times when the machine makes all the noises but does not remove the air. I have found that the best way to fix this is to ensure that the open end of the bag is tight and smooth so that the machine can make a good seal. I often have something to rest the contents of the bag on so that the height of the bag mouth and the machine opening are at the same level.

Sometimes it can be difficult to stretch the bag opening and close the machine in the one action (often when your third hand is required) but it can be done. Hopefully you will get it sorted soon.

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Follow Up By: Member - KC (TAS) - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 09:46

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 09:46
Hi Tom, As you are setting up for vacuuming what ever, try to keep something solid as close to the vacuum pipe as possible. Not in front of the pipe but one side or both sides of it and forward a small amount if you can. I have found that this will stop the bag from collapsing around the end of the pipe and stopping the vacuuming process. Good luck with it.
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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:28

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:28
Hi Brian,

I go to a butcher supplier, last time I bought then I got a bag of one hundred sized 200mm x 300mm for $33.

Make sure you tell them you want them for a Sunbeam machine because the commercial ones will not vacuum down properly.

I have used mine successfully for about 18 months - One guy I know even vacuum packed his undies - although I'm not sure why.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 19:33

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 19:33
Vacuum packed his undies?

I hope he wasn't wearing them at the time. Gives a new meaning to tightening up the nuts :-)

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 19:42

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 19:42
Whatever you use (we use the roll) the material must have a quilted underside to let the vacuum pump suck all the air out - it gets out through those little passages in between the 'bumps'.
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Follow Up By: Busy Bee - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 00:33

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 00:33
That's right. Apparently much more expensive machines can use normal plastic bags.
I get quilted ones from butchers supplies and they certainly are more expensive than plain bags. I find 30x20 suits most purposes.
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Reply By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 14:22

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 14:22
The machine I have is a Ezivac and the bags are Magic Vac and do have the ribs which do aid in the vac process.

Networking is a great tool and that why I ask the question with many others doing the same, someone will have come across better options and maybe at more competitive pricing.

Will give Aldi and ebay a shot the butcher supplies for me is about an hours drive

Thanks for the replies
Brian
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Reply By: Ianw - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 21:04

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 21:04
deals direct are a good company to deal with on line

http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/p/50pk-vacuum-sealer-refill-bags-22-30cm/

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Reply By: Member - Richard H - West NSW - Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 09:32

Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 09:32
I've had a Sunbeam, and we use it constantly, though I use their bags.

I've never had a problem with it.
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