Simple is Better
The Excel 5™ Vacuum Pressing System is designed for woodworkers looking for a simple, powerful, and affordable method of veneering wood panels and clamping wood projects for routing, sanding and carving.
Every part of this system was designed with simplicity in mind. This makes it easy to assemble and incredibly durable. The system is fully adjustable from 280 to 1,785 lbs of pressure per square foot. The assembly consists of only a few pieces and each uses standard NPT threads. There is no wiring involved in the assembly process and the whole system goes together very quickly.
At the heart of the system is a powerful vacuum pump designed for many years of trouble-free operation. We now offer a 120v and a 240v version of the Excel kit. This system can handle commercial and industrial use and is suitable for bags up to 4' x 15'.
Assembly Time: 20-25 minutes
Assembly Instructions: Click here
Updated and Improved
The new Excel 5™ kit is a powerhouse of vacuum and a testament to simplicity. I have completely redesigned this system, updated many parts, and added several new features.
Excel 5™ Options
Excel Podz™ Kit (26 Piece Podz Kit + Foot Pedal)
Podz™ are simple vacuum jigs designed to affordably clamp projects to your bench top. Using the power of your vacuum press and vacuum clamping add-on, the Excel Podz kit allows you to configure the clamping jigs any way you choose to clamp projects as small as 4" x 4" and as large as 5' x 4'. The Excel Podz kit includes everything in the regular Podz kit plus the electric foot pedal.
This optional manifold kit with quick connectors allows you to vacuum press up to three vacuum bags at once. The quick disconnects allow the extra vacuum lines to be removed from the system when not in use.
This extended kit includes the following items:
Additional instructions are included in the Excel 5 kits sold with this optional kit.
Didn't you have a kit like this already?
We offered a different version of the Excel 5 for many years and were forced to discontinue it in August of 2014 because the former pump manufacturer (Gast Mfg) treated us terribly. I knew I could find a better pump, make a better system, and get away from their horrendous customer service and routine price hikes.
Why does the clamping add-on on this product cost more than if the Podz clamping kit is ordered separately?
The vacuum clamping option includes the Podz kit and the electric foot pedal. The stand-alone Podz kit on our site does not include the foot pedal.
How does the Excel 5 pump compare to previous pump that was formerly offered?
The new model...
What else will I need to have a complete vacuum press system?
You will need a vacuum bag and a few veneering supplies such as a glue roller, veneer glue, and breather mesh. Also needed is a melamine platen board which can be bought at most large home improvement stores.
What is the warranty on this system?
The vacuum pump is warranted by the manufacturer to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of 1 year. All other parts of this system are warranted by VeneerSupplies.com to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of 90 days.
What is the return policy on the Excel 5 system?
Please see this page for details regarding our return policy.
Does this system include a vacuum bag?
None of our systems come with a vacuum bag because we don't want to force you to buy something you may not need. We also have no way to know what size bag you might want with your system so the vacuum bags are offered separate from the rest of the system.
What kind of plug end is on the 240v version of the kit?
The plug on the 240v power cord is designed for Australia power outlets using the AS3112 standard.
Why can't I order the clamping option with the 240V version of the Excel 5 kit?
The clamping kit requires the electric foot pedal to turn the system on and off. We have not yet obtained foot pedals that will work with the special plug end on the 240v version of the pump.
Can this system be used for vacuum chucking?
There is no safe way to answer this question. More information needs to be provided. You would need to know three things...
With these bits of information, you can calculate a number that will help you determine if the pump is safe to use for chucking. Continue on to the next question.
How much clamping force will the Excel 5 create for vacuum chucking?
This is based on a calculation using the maximum sustainable vacuum level and the surface area where the project is attached to the chuck. A smaller attachment area means less clamping/chucking force. A large industrial pump capable of pulling a very high vacuum may not be suitable for chucking if the vacuum surface area of the project is small. You have to calculate the vacuum surface area on your project first. Then determine what amount of vacuum you are capable of applying to the project. With this information, you can determine the total clamping force on the project and consider whether or not it is enough to safely hold your project while it is being turned. Here is the method for calculating the clamping force.
What if the chucking project is porous? How do I determine if this pump is suitable?
Unfortunately, there is no way to determine this without actually placing the project on a vacuum chuck. You would need to determine the actual maximum sustainable vacuum and this will vary across each project you try out depending on the size and porosity of the material.
What pump do you recommend for vacuum chucking?
I can only suggest one thing... the bigger, the better. Several of our customers are using 3 CFM vacuum sources for chucking but most are opting for 5 CFM vacuum sources.
What is the size of the pump?
The approximate measurements are...
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