Amen to the never reusing brake fluid. Even if you just overfill the reservoir, don't put it back in the can.
I have two types of vac bleeders. one manual (mighty vac), one air powered. neither was expensive and both work well. For those problem child systems that have high spots in the lines or need a flush, I use a pressure bleeder that runs under 60 psi. Quick, reliable, easy flush and bleed, but boy what a mess. Takes a bag of floordri and an hour to clean the shop.