Finally a Heavy Duty Sealer - minor room for improvement
I will start by saying I have now processed two deer using the sealer and can confirm without a doubt it ran for over four hours without having to stop to cool down. This is why I paid the extra money and I expected no less. If you are an avid hunter or fisherman and need a sealer that can handle extended use periods then I can say look no further. It did work well with the large number of competitor bags. But I will say I will likely be purchasing the LEM bag material in the future as it feels thicker and may resist punctures better in the freezer. The unit is large, heavy, and requires a large work space. But once you get it setup and become familiar with its operation you can be very efficient in processing and sealing. Before I get into areas that could be improved let me say I did have some issues with the first unit I received. But LEM customer support was VERY good to work with and actually ended up sending me a replacement unit and I returned the original on an RMA. I was VERY happy to see LEM stand behind there product. Now for areas that could be improved most of which are cosmetic and at least thus far have not affected the operational efficiency of the unit. But they do detract from the "appearance" of a quality unit. 1. Control panel sticker on top of unit is not aligned. One side is 1/8" closer to front of unit than the other side. 2. Teflon tape covering sealer bar has wrinkles in it. I can see where the wrinkle is in the seal on the bag material but thus far it has not caused any issues. 3. Bag cutter - the blade puts a crimp or slightly cuts the edge of the bag at an angle. This is likely due to the design of how the blade engages the material and how tight the rail holds the bag material. The bag cutter and rail is made out of plastic and I can see wear on it just after few hours of use. I have experimented with different amounts of pressure applied in an effort to see how best to get the cutter to cut bags. 4. Bag holder - The holder/cutter is made out of plastic and slides down into a slot on the back of the unit. The design allows you to quickly attach/detach the holder to the main unit. But as mentioned the cutter could be better. Additionally there are two plastic plates that sit loosely in molded slots. The plates can be dislodged and/or fallout very easily. 5. Sealer door - make no mistake everything (except bag holder) on this unit is heavy duty. As such, the sealing door is not exception. The door has not "tension" or spring but stands straight up by itself when open. However, when you are trying to create the first seal to create a new bag it is very easy to start to close the door and if you don't have a good grip on it will drop down very quickly and hard. Creating the first seal when creating a new back takes some practice especially since the cutter can wrinkle the edge of the bag. You must hold the material over the sealer plate but NOT in the vacuum chamber, ensure it is straight, close the door with the other hand, apply slight pressure on the door top, and then press the seal button on the top. Again I do highly recommend the sealer simply because it has proven it can run for extended periods without having to stop to cool down. The areas I mention above are minor and mostly did not affect effectiveness of the unit but if addressed I would have given the unit 5 stars instead of 4.
So far the vac sealer works great. Only thing is I wish the auto cycle lasted a little longer on the vac side. The good thing is you can use the manual vac and get what ever results you want! Other than that its very fast and a nice seal
Used immediately to package 170# of shrimp and 74# of venison. Performed flawlessly. Much much better than our Foodsaver.