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Offline cammoguy

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Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« on: March 22, 2009, 09:40:38 PM »
I just picked up a 15-1/2 " impulse sealer for $39.99 from Harbor Freight.
It's made of metal (aluminum?) and seems pretty sturdy. It has an adjustable heat setting, automatic timer and a spare heating element.

To use, lay bag over the element. Press down on the handle. When the light goes out, wait 2 seconds then release. Done.

I tested it out on one of my food saver bags and on a Mylar bag that I got from the LDS catalog. I tried various settings until I got the result I wanted. It works great and is very fast. Just a few seconds to seal a bag. Well worth the investment if you have a lot of Mylar sealing to do.

There was also a battery operated sealer for $3.99. It didn't increase the shipping cost so I added it to the order.
I wouldn't recommend it for use with food bags. It's very slow and hard to draw an even line across the bag.
I plan to use it at the workbench to seal parts I don't want to lose into baggies. You know, those little springs and clips that always seem to disappear when you take something apart.

Just go to the website and search for impulse sealer. I have no connection with the company, just wanted to give a review.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009, 10:10:52 PM »
Cool.

Harbor Freight has some of the neatest stuff.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2009, 09:02:10 PM »
cammoguy.......I guess this is the sealer you got from Harbor Freight?
15-1/2" Electrical Impulse Sealer - Harbor Freight

Can you give us an update on how well it is working for you? What is the brand name of this sealer? Any info you can give would be much appreciated as I am looking to purchase one.

Thanks   

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 05:51:38 PM »
Somehow I've missed this for 3 months.  :-[

I've used this sealer extensively for 1 gallon bags. Seems to work fine; any errors have been on my part (pastas seem especially difficult for me to get the bag flat). Not sure how it would work for larger bags, though.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009, 07:12:04 PM »
I just ordered this today.   ;D

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009, 10:01:12 PM »
DH.... Thanks for an update about this sealer. I think I'm going to purchase one and try it out. Thanks again!

smitty

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009, 12:57:38 PM »
Do you still like the sealer? I have looked at it online, but I wanted to see if you would still recommend it.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2009, 01:19:08 PM »
I just ordered this today.   ;D

After having sealed 9 bags so far (8 with content, one was an experiment and got multiple seals), it works great!  I found a full 8 seconds and just a hair more seals the LDS bags firmly shut. I put 2 seals in it as well, within about an inch of one another, just to be sure.

All in all, it seems like an excellent product. I'll post my long term review in a year if someone bugs me for it!  =)

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2009, 08:39:04 PM »
But... if I get a sealer, my clothes iron won't have anything to do!


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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2009, 11:25:20 PM »
I picked one up off of ebay last summer for $20 was the harbor freight brand, works great, good for sealing the large Mylar bags when packing 5 gallon buckets up.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2009, 07:30:35 PM »
I am gonna have to make a trip to the local harbor freight store and see if they have this there.  if not, I'll check ebay and see if can find one at a lower price.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2009, 04:11:03 PM »
I also bought some shrink wrap type bags, got them through Mcmaster-Carr. You can put stuff in them, seal and then heat up with a heat gun and it then shrinks down around your stuff.

link to bags here. http://www.mcmaster.com/#heat-shrink-bags/=3l8k22

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Heat-Shrink Bags
   A great alternative to zip-press bags and paper wrap, these bags can be heat sealed and shrunk for a skin-tight barrier. Bags are made of PVC and have an open top.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2009, 07:20:26 PM »
Harbor Freight also is a supporter of the NRA. So that adds a second reason to patronize their business.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2009, 09:45:27 PM »
Harbor Freight also is a supporter of the NRA. So that adds a second reason to patronize their business.
You're kidding!

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2009, 09:47:44 PM »
Absolutely not....

Why would I kid about such.  If I've got a choice of buying the same object from two different shops.  I am much more likely to buy it from the company that is most like me.  Hey, tons of companies donate money to political issues, but few donate them to liberty issues like the 2nd Amendment.


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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2009, 06:53:46 PM »
Stoped by Harbor freight today, they had no idea what I was talking about. I found a tiny little bag sealer for 3 bucks, showed it to the guy, and said "a bigger verson of this" He said they didn't have one.

What section was it in?

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2009, 07:54:49 PM »
See reply #2 for link

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2009, 10:46:01 PM »
thanks

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2009, 07:02:27 AM »
My local HF didn't have these - manager told me there's a lot in the catalog a store doesn't carry. I ordered one off the web, and got a back order notice for delivery in mid October.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2009, 08:26:30 AM »
My local HF didn't have these - manager told me there's a lot in the catalog a store doesn't carry. I ordered one off the web, and got a back order notice for delivery in mid October.

I got another back order notice  >:(

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2009, 11:19:25 AM »
Just ordered mine, with shipping it was 48.98. It is an online item only.... I called around to packaging supply stores in my Tacoma area...folks were wanting well over 100. for similar tabletop versions. Sometimes it hit/miss with HF products and tools..Ive had mixed results. But relying on the feedback from this forum, it sounds like a good tool. I needed something, because my iron (cotton setting) and my carpenters level underneath was not making a sufficient seal on those heavy LDS mylar bags...only one out of four was "bricking" down with the 02 absorbers...Hopefully, this will do the trick!

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2009, 07:41:40 AM »
I got another back order notice  >:(

And it shipped today! :D
Here Saturday if things hold to schedule.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2009, 11:52:16 AM »
And it shipped today! :D
Here Saturday if things hold to schedule.

great! Let us know how it goes.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2009, 06:39:04 PM »
Just ordered one of these. Have a ton of mylar sealing to do. Was planning to do it this weekend, but I can put it off until this little gem shows up. I've always been a right tool for the job kinda guy anyway.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #24 on: October 01, 2009, 06:46:07 PM »
great! Let us know how it goes.

I will - my problem has been the food saver creating unstable seals, so that air gets in over time. I've got quite a bit of salt to put away in small bags and that's a good and cheap test of this piece.


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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #25 on: October 07, 2009, 07:16:26 AM »
The seals this makes are about twice as wide as the seals the food saver makes, and much more uniform. The plastic is fully sealed the entire length and width of the seal, rather than being varied as in the food saver.

I just resealed some bags of salt and beans that had not stayed vacuumed after the food sealer last night - a very quick process. I have some rice and more beans to put up and will get a more complete review with photos done and posted.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #26 on: October 07, 2009, 02:43:53 PM »
Sounds awesome. I have been using a clothes iron which gets the job done but is not the greatest tool for the job. Sounds like this could be a worthy investment.

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2009, 06:16:27 PM »
Mine should be here tomorrow and I should be sealing some mylar by this weekend!!

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #28 on: October 16, 2009, 07:24:51 PM »
How does this work with the big 5 gallon size mylar bags?

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Re: Harbor Freight impulse sealer
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2009, 05:03:48 PM »
Works like a champ on my 1 gallon LDS bags, don't have an 5 gallon bags to test, but my guess would be that it would take a couple of seals.