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Forum topic by Dunelm posted 04-28-2014 06:16 PM 1690 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2014 06:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vacuum press lee valley

I’m wondering if anyone has comments on Lee Valley’s vacuum press—a clear plastic bag with a plastic hand pump for creating the vacuum. I’ve seen it at Lee Valley but am wondering about how well the plastic pump works over the years.

-- Bruce -- Canada

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 06:23 PM

I’m sure it works fine.

The issue with vacuum pressing is the bags develop leaks
in use. A hand pump cannot compensate for that the
way a running pump can.

You can buy a use GAST pump on ebay for around $50.

The venturi air compressor method is fine, but a vacuum
pump is much quieter. Pressing can take several hours
as the low level of air exposure in the seems to slow
the glue drying.

If you don’t mind babysitting your vaccum bag, perhaps
a hand pump is fine, but it seems likely to me you’d
outgrow it quickly.

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 10:28 PM

go for the gast pump.
I have a 2 stage gast medical grade pump.

it is quiet like Loren said. Not only that but when using epoxy it’s the only way to go.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 04-29-2014 12:20 AM

I have the system you are looking at. Bought it from Roarockit o few years ago as an inexpensive way to try vacuum bag forming. It works well but if you are going to be doing allot of bag work use a pump system

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 09:06 PM

Thank you all for your comments. When using a pump, are there issues around the type/manufacturer of the bag and how the line from the pump connects to the bag?

-- Bruce -- Canada

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 09:10 PM

I regret having sold my Gast pump several years ago, when getting out of the hobby of building vacuum bagged sailplane wings… 8-(

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 09:15 PM

I got fittings from Joe Woodworker. I got the material to make
my own bag from him too, but since then he’s gotten into
making bags. I suggest you take a look at his product line.

He sells pumps too, but if you look around you can find
a used one a lot cheaper.

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