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    Gotta brag, it's a gas.......

    ÖÖÖ.actually, it is a Gast vacuum pump. It is a ľ hp with gauges, filter/mufflers and another small filter of some kind. Bought it from a machinist friend who goes to auctions and gets all kinds of stuff very reasonably. I paid him $100.00 for this. He probably got it for $5.00 but I donít care, itís still a good price. He has had it open and says it looks like it has never been used. Iíll probably use it for stabilizing pen blanks and small wood items. Might get the necessaries (expensive) to make a vacuum chuck for the lathe. But that will be down the road a bit. There is no end to what can be bought for a shop.
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    Congrats Frank! Looks brand new.
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    I've got one of those - it's a rotary vane vacuum pump / compressor. Mine will be hooked up to a vacuum press bag for veneering when i get to it. These suckers are pretty stout, but are a bit noisey and do heat up.
    Have fun with it.
    Paul Hubbman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Hubbman View Post
    I've got one of those - it's a rotary vane vacuum pump / compressor. Mine will be hooked up to a vacuum press bag for veneering when i get to it. These suckers are pretty stout, but are a bit noisey and do heat up.
    Have fun with it.
    Paul Hubbman
    I wondered if it was powerful enough for pressing. Actually, this one, with the filter/muffler thingys is very quiet. Dunno about the heat yet.

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    Nice snag, Frank. As far as a vacuum chuck, you've got the expensive part handled already. The rest of the system can be assembled from off-the-shelf hardware store parts. Just ask Stu.
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    Great score Frank. And you are painfully correct; there is no end to what can be picked up in the name of the shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Nice snag, Frank. As far as a vacuum chuck, you've got the expensive part handled already. The rest of the system can be assembled from off-the-shelf hardware store parts. Just ask Stu.
    I seem to faintly recall he did a photo essay post on that. Busy week, will check it out next week.

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    Yep, nice get!

    That is the expensive part, the rest is all stuff you most likely already have!
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    It would be worth opening up and checking the vanes. I aerate my pond with one that runs 24X7 365. One time it stopped and the carbon vanes needed replaced. You are supposed to replace them at 50% wear. I ran them into the 85% used range and they slipped into the channel and stopped the pump. Once the vanes were replaced I got it going in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Yep, nice get!

    That is the expensive part, the rest is all stuff you most likely already have!
    Thanks, Stu, I will be checking it out.

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