I am looking to purchase an inexpensive impulse sealer to help with packaging my soap. I am using Shrink wrap. I am not sure what I should be looking for in one. If you have any suggestions, or tips, I would be grateful. TIA
I actually looked at that one. Will it seal more than just shrink wrap? Perhaps bubble wrap etc? Thanks for the quick reply.
I bought this one in January! It's very nice and efficient. I like the adjustable temp.
here is a link... ignore the rest of the page and go to the bottom.Rounded? Can you explain or give a link to an example?
That one has a 2mm seal. I have used it for cutting and sealing other bags as well. I used it on vacuum seal bags today, and it did a great job.Oh, I understand now. If your goal is to have a sealer for dedicated use with shrink wrap, the round wire is probably best, because it will get hot along a narrow line to efficiently melt and cut the shrink film in one step. For larger volume packaging or if you expect to use the sealer only with heat shrink film, this would be the machine to get. You would be able to use it to just seal other types of plastic bags by reducing the heat interval, but the narrow seal from a wire will not be as sturdy as a wider seal from a ribbon.
For hobbyist or general home use when you want the machine to seal a variety of plastic including shrink film, I think a flat ribbon sealer is the more versatile choice. It makes a wider seal (2 mm to 5 mm wide) that will be more reliable when you're looking to seal a bag so it will remain securely closed. A flat ribbon sealer can also be used to melt and cut shrink wrap -- a 2 mm flat ribbon sealer is what I use. I just set the heat interval higher so the film melts completely through.
ETA -- I'm not quite sure why they're saying you can't cut shrink wrap film with a ribbon sealer -- that puzzles me because mine works fine to seal and cut shrink wrap bags. (Here's where I found that mention: http://www.uspackagingandwrapping.c...e-Sealers/Hand-Impulse-Sealers-Flat-Wire.html )
I totally agree - I have the 8" and would go with a 12" next time. Mine works great dialed just below the number 2 setting on bubble wrap. And, the roll of 7" continuous tube bag has lasted me a few years for about 35 dollars. I have even picked up a few daisy seal a meal bag rolls from the thrift store (new un-opened box) and they work great as well. But yeh, I should have gotten over my angst purchased a 12" and a 6" instead of just the 8". It was a decision out of need vs. money.I have the same one but would buy a larger one next time. They are great for so many other thins too. Chip bags, pasta bags etched.