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j1440

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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?
Thanks

-- 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: https://www.frugalvacuumchuck.com/plug-n-turn.html

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

-- Paul Mayer, http://youtube.com/c/toolmetrix

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Wildwood

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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.

VACUUM CHUCKING:
https://www.packardwoodworks.com/chuck-vc.html

https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/102/Vacuum-Chucks

-- 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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Nubsnstubs

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

Jim, check out my web site, www.woodturnerstools.com. 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%.

Cricket, if this looks like an Ad, and not allowed, please remove this post. ................ Jerry (in Tucson)

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bigJohninvegas

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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.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.woodworkersemporium.com/amp/Vicmarc_V01216/
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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j1440

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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, http://youtube.com/c/toolmetrix

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j1440

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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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RobS888

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

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

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0182JJXOY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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

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jm82435

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#11 posted 05-17-2020 10:01 PM

Like you I was interested but not enough to pony up money. Years ago I acquired a pump and it sat around gathering dust until yesterday. I cobbled one together in a few minutes. Seriously they are so simple and easy to make it is crazy I didn’t do it earlier. Aside from the pump, mine is 3 parts. A tube that runs into a sealed bearing – which is pressed into a faceplate. So, tube, bearing, faceplate… ok, four if you count the piece of foam spray glued to the faceplate. Works awesomely cost $8.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#12 posted 05-18-2020 02:28 AM

I’ve heard these are good, been meaning to get it, no excuse.

https://www.rubberchucky.com/store/p8/Chucky_Vacuum_Kit.html#/

I have this, and I’ m satisfied. https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/102/5427/hold-fast-6-Inch-Vacuum-Chuck-Head?term=vacuum+chuck&term=vacuum%20chuck

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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TheDane

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#13 posted 05-18-2020 02:35 AM

I’ve heard these are good, been meaning to get it, no excuse.

https://www.rubberchucky.com/store/p8/Chucky_Vacuum_Kit.html#/

I can vouch for the Rubber Chucky seals … I have the full set, and couldn’t be any happier. Plus, Don Doyle (the owner) is a great guy to deal with.

-- 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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PeteStaehling

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#14 posted 05-18-2020 11:54 AM

I went with the Frugal Vacuum Chuck Super Frugal System. If in stock it is fairly hard to beat price wise, at least for as nice of a pump. You can go cheaper if you are willing to go for a lesser pump, but the HF pumps looked kind of marginal to me. So the $205 for the Super Frugal, the complete setup didn’t seem like much of a splurge. I didn’t need to buy anything else.

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