Nothing wrong with the Old Vacuum Rig, it is just that I want it to fit into a tall narrow space now, so I'm going to change it around a bit, and make some modifications to it as well.
The space I want to use is against the wall, near the lathe, and will be fairly hard to get at once I've installed the rig there. I know that they recommend changing the oil in the vacuum pump every six months, so I'll have to make some system for easily removing the pump from the rig to do an oil change.
Basically, I will put the pump on the bottom and the double vacuum reservoirs on top of the pump.
I will have to build an enclosure of some kind around the pump, and I'm thinking of making is a complete enclosure to beat the noise, and to keep the pump from getting dusty. I'd have a hinged door on the side to get the pump out, for oil changes, and an opening for air flow, to keep things cool as well.
The motor on the pump has a big sticker on it that says "Caution HOT!!".
I was a bit concerned about this, so I ran the pump pulling full vacuum on the reservoir for a full 30 minutes, and the motor was only warm to my touch, not even approaching hot, so I do not know if that is a big worry or not?
Showing the system as it is now, and the gauge reading near full vacuum.
Do you think that enclosing the pump, with good ventilation, will be a problem?
I'm undecided if I'll get the extra goodies from someone like JoeWoodworker.com or not, the Mac and Vacuum valves that would shut off and turn on the pump at a set vacuum, would be nice, but I don't know if I really need them or not?