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01-14-2020 04:38 PM

I am considering buying or building a vacuum chuck system. What components or systems have any of you had experiance with? Should any of them be avoided? What pumps are best, least noisy?

-- Jim, Kingman, Az

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Paul Mayer

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 06:45 PM

I’ve got this one:

I really like it. Fairly quiet, definitely does the job at a reasonable price.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#2 posted 01-14-2020 07:54 PM

You can certainly gather together lot of parts & pieces to make your own system or bite the bullet and just buy complete system. Recommend buying a complete basic system where ever you buy.


-- Bill

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#3 posted 01-14-2020 08:00 PM

+1 for the Frugal Vacuum Chuck … had mine for 3+ years … no regrets!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 01-14-2020 08:30 PM

+1 on the Frugal as well. I bought mine knowing it was a good deal for all of the pieces, and that if I ever wanted to change over to a pre-fab chuck, I could re-use the pump (one of the most, if not the most, expensive components) and a lot of the misc hardware.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#5 posted 01-15-2020 01:13 PM

Jim, check out my web site, The Tail Stock Steady is a better alternative to a vac system or any other system made today. It’s also a lot safer as your nearly finished piece will be between centers until it’s complete. It will also allow you to do such thing as Cholla bowls which have a million pores in it, wood with cracks, bark inclusions and such which you could never draw a vacuum unless it was stabilized.

I came up with the concept in 2011, and my success rate on completion went from 66% to 99.5%.

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-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#6 posted 01-16-2020 01:47 AM

I am using the vicmarc vacuum system. It attaches to a four jaw chuck, so no need to run tubing through the head stock.
I bought the one that needs a vacuum pump, but they also make one intended to be used with a shop vac.

I have a 4” cup, and the plate.

I am using a harbor freight vacuum, had it a couple years now, and working fine.

-- John

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#7 posted 01-22-2020 04:10 PM

I want to thank everybody for your suggestions.
I will build my own system at a fraction of the cost opf any that I have seen advertised.
As far as the chuck(s), I haven’t decided yet.

-- Jim, Kingman, Az

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Paul Mayer

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#8 posted 01-22-2020 04:48 PM

What components will you use to build this so cheaply?

-- Paul Mayer,

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#9 posted 01-22-2020 08:14 PM

First I like to fabricate my own equipment and I admit to being a cheepskate.

Vacuum manifold parts:
$12 vacuum gauge—-Amazon
$25 pipe fittings & valve—-Home depot (I had a couple 1/4” tees)

Rotating joint:
$8 sealed bearing (1 1/4 OD X 3/8 ID X 3/8 thick)—-Amazon
My handwheel is 1” ID so I will open it to give the bearing a slip fit then epoxy a 3/8” hose fitting in it
and add a gasket & a couple set screws to hold the bearing.

This will allow me to use a faceplate to mount the vacuum chuck and keep it close to the spindle
by not using a scroll chuck to hold it.

$50- $100 for a vacuum pump at Harbor Frieght or Amazon.
I like the oil-less pump the Frugal system uses but they are out of them and they cost more.

-- Jim, Kingman, Az

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#10 posted 01-22-2020 10:03 PM

I got this one for my wife last year, no complaints yet.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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