Pros: Production, Liquids, Repairs, Simple
Cons: Hard to find any
In my opinion this is the best home use machine you can buy under $300. Early on it was made under the name of FoodSaver and VacUseal and I purchased a older FoodSaver label but new in the box from an estate sale on an auction site. Near as I can figure this machine laid unopened for as long as 10 years and when I unpacked it it functioned with no problems other than needing a few O rings cleaned and relubed.
The VacUpack will work non stop for cool down up to 50 seals according to the company and I stopped at 30 seals. It is snorkel type machine that will not be damaged by liquids. In fact it is meant to have warm water pumped through it from time to time as part of its cleaning and maintenance. Parts can be found for home repairs at the VacUpack web sight. While you must manually activate the seal function. I like that. You can easily double seal any bag you want. You can decide the seal times via a dial on the right side of the machine. A hose port is top left for cannisters.
Any textured featured bag will work in this unit. I have tried the original FoodSaver bags as well as two different generic bag rolls. The bag rolls are neatly contained within the unit and the cutter works without a problem and blades are replacible as well as most all critical parts are. It is hard wired machine with no computer chips.
Once you get use to the placement of bags on the snorkel it is a very fast machine to use. The footprint on this is actually smaller than the new upright FoodSaver machines on the market. If you are looking for a dependable non throw away machine this is the one for you at this price point.