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Old 12-18-2017, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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TMI products hold fast vacuum pump. Is it any god for stabilizing? Could I use their chamber and pump with your resins?
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hold Fast does not sell a vacuum pump, they sell a vacuum generator. Vacuum generators use your air compressor to create vacuum through the venturi effect. Most venturi vacuum generators, especially the one you mention, will not pull a very deep vacuum. The one you mention is rated to 25" Hg at sea level. That is a 83.5% vacuum. In other words, the best you can do is remove 83.5% of the air from your wood. The more air you remove, the more resin you get back in and the better your blanks will be stabilized. There are MUCH better options for less money that don't make your air compressor work overtime.

As for the chamber you mention, if it is the metal one, it is only rated to 27" Hg at sea level and has been known to implode at deeper vacuum commonly used with stabilizing.
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Great info, thank you.
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