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Postby sammm » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:42 pm


after my exams im going to start shaping, everything is already made, rocker table, etc etc, the only difficulty is to get the board vacuum...does anybody know any cheap solutions, because a vacuum pump costst round 6000 $ , anyone experience with this one?? i live in belgium...

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Postby Jeeens » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:58 pm

find an old refrigerator and use the vaccumpump from it.


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Postby sammm » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:25 pm

yeah ok, the fridge device is only the engine, you will need a barrel, etc etc and i don't think i have enough experience to make it , altough there is a good manual on the internet, but id prefer plug n play pumps ;) any other ideas?

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Postby BoardConcepts » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:52 am

for $6000 I would learn to be crafty and use a $20 old fridge pump. Its not that hard... if you can shape and laminate a board im sure you can figure out how to make a fridge pump work. But eh... if u have 6k to blow on a pump.. whatever floats your boat.

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Postby crabman » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:30 pm

Ebay under vacuum pumps .

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Postby XSwind » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:07 am

Go and convert a fridge pump and make a homemade vac switch.
In 6 years I have never used a vac tank and all my boards come out great.

Here is a pic of my pump vac switch.


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Postby 4T » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:17 am

you don't need a $6000 pump for building boards!

i bought a new Thomas diaphragm pump for around NZ$500 [or around 250Euro].
it pulls plenty enough for smaller composite projects.

a rotary vane pump should do as well. ... rue#browse

if you want to go even cheaper check this out. it's a instruction how to exactly build a vac pump from an old fridge motor

good luck

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Postby TomW » Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:29 pm

4T is right. I use a small german diaphram lab pump. Works fine. Cost about 300€ i Sweden (expensive country).


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