Ya, I hear you. I only broke down and bought a $1000 Vacmaster VP320 after realizing I had broken over a thousand bucks worth of Foodsavers over the years. I think Foodsavers are engineered for people who won’t use them a lot. We vac a lot of stuff. My wife was giddy the first time she vac’d 6 quarts of soup in 35 seconds with out a single drop of soup being sucked up into the machine. We buy all of our meat, cheese and other things in bulk and break them down and vac them up to the freezer. I have it on a wheeled cart in the utility room. I can throw stuff in the bag, go in there, vac & seal and be out in less than a minute.
Oh, I further justified the purchase by comparing prices of the bags…the chamber bags are ridiculously cheaper. Foodsaver bags can cost over 35 cents each whereas some of the bags I buy are less than a nickel..that adds up over time.
Anyway…good luck with your project.