Well after returning this pm from Niagara, to pick up some purchases one of which was the vacuum pump i ordered via an ebay supplier, I am happy to report that i am over the moon at the pump i purchased.
First i was skeptical all stemming from perception based on the suppliers picture of this pump. But when i picked up the box all skeptism went out the window.
Cannot say enough about the help i got here from everyone in understanding and easing my concerns. Thread here
This pump is still US made quality. Its got heft and you guys know the brand GAST and they specialise in these things. Its rated at 10CFM and honestly i could not believe from the picture again that it was going to be capable of this. But now i dont doubt it.
I have put a kleenex box in the picture because scale is needed to get an idea of the size of this baby. And for weight man its got heft.
Vacuum gauge is just for scale that came from Joe Woodworker. BTW a mini manual was also supplied with full parts breakdown.
The supplier is this guy if anyone wants to join my journey and i am pleased to say well packed free shipping and the guy was most helpful when i enquired as to why he has two of the same model but at different price and the answer by the way is merely the medical receptacle on some of them. The unit has been refurbished and a quick check of the filters that go in the front where you see the two black plugs showed that they been swapped over for new. Cant wait to get it powered up and see how it sucks. LOL. For $169 this is going to do more than satisfy my needs. Its a continuous run unit and has thermal cut out too. Couldnt ask for more.
And if you into muzzle loading parts this guy does them too...Frank Fusco.
Will let you guys know how she runs when i get a new cord and receptacle on it.