Here is a functional and affordable vacuum bag closure system that has a couple of nice improvements over standard plastic bag closures.
Comments from Joe
You do not need this bag closure if you are ordering a vacuum bag. The vacuum bag comes with a closure.
The 84" closures are more expensive than the others because of the shipping container we use and because UPS charges $10.50 extra for anything over 60" in length.
This item is not recommended for shop-made vacuum bags with top mounted seams. Instead I recommend the wood bag closure described here.
The bag closure may ship separately from other items in your order. Because of this, there is an additional handling charge for non-US destinations. Due to shipping limitations, the 58" and 84" closures can not be shipped via USPS. International customers must select UPS for shipping for these two closure sizes.
Review by Mark Theobald
The closure works perfectly and simply could not be easier to use! The few extra inches provided allow you to be a little lax in placing the closure making it even quicker to install.
Review by Tim Peplinski
Great closure! This is much better than what I've been using and works great; no leaks. Also well packaged and very fast shipping. Thanks!
Review by Harold W.
Just wanted to say that I'm REALLY happy with Joe's "new" "plastic closure" system -- it's a real improvement!!!
With the closed cell foam tape he supplied for the first bag I bought, my vacuum pump would come on every 15 minutes. With the new "plastic closure" it doesn't need to come on for 2 hours, it may even be longer, but that's when I open up the bag and reload it.
Not only doe it seal better - but its WAY easier to install on the bag.
Thanks for the improvements!!
Review by Susan N. Zimmer
My quilting club just bought a dozen of these clamps and we love them. They are perfect for holding quilts and they do not stretch the fabric. These were recommended to us by a quilt instructor at Joanne's Fabrics. Our shipping cost for 12 closures was reasonable. We ordered on a Thursday and received the closers on Monday.
Review by Miller R.
Not much to say. This closure works without fuss or headache. That's more than I can say about the closure that came with my vacuum bag from [another company].
Review by Erin Anderson
I've ordered from this website 15 to 20 times and I have never been disappointed with anything that Joe has sent me. This bag closure is no exception. It is much better than the closure that came with my bag from another vacuum press supplier. The plastic is a bit more rigid and the size is just right. Shipping was reasonable as was delivery time.
Review by Dean Roloff
I've found nothing better for closing my vacuum bags. I have been vacuum pressing veneer for 10 years and I've gone through my fair share of bags. At one point, I had 8 bags in my shop. Every time I used one, I would curse the closure. It was a pain beyond all pains. But this new closure is much better. It's easy on the fingers and seals a bag much better than anything else I've tried. No more worrying and no more cussing. The service here is excellent and the shipping was reasonable and quick. I highly recommend this item.
Review by Kevin Roddy
I've always been impressed with Joe's products here and this closure set is no exception. I bought one set from Joe which arrived promptly and tried it on my old 30 gauge vinyl vacuum bags and found that it sealed flawlessly. Just for giggles I did a small test using my vacuum system. I pulled a full vacuum on the bag with my old closure which is about half the thickness of Joe's closure. The cycle time in a 4 x 8 bag was about 6 and a half minutes. Then I switched over to Joe's closure set and the cycle time went all the way out to 28 minutes. Enough said. It is clearly a better closing system than the stock stuff that (edit - another company) is selling. We then bought enough sets to re-fit all of our bags in the shop.
Kudos again! And two thumbs up.