The Project: V2™ vacuum press uses your air compressor to create vacuum for veneering and clamping. This system automatically shuts off air flow to the vacuum generator (called a 'venturi') when the desired vacuum level is reached so your compressor does not run continuously.
No modifications are done to your air compressor. Vacuum is created using the air that comes from your compressor air line. The flow of compressed air stops when adequate vacuum is created within the V2 system. Your compressor will only turn on as pressure is needed to refill its air tank.
This 32-piece kit includes the core components of the press including the venturi vacuum generator. Some additional items will need to be purchased at your local hardware store. The standard system is adjustable from 10.5" to 27.5" of Hg. An alternate vacuum controller for low vacuum applications is available here.
The kit instructions and parts list is not included with the kit itself. You must download the instructions (which includes the parts list) at one of the links below.
Be certain that your air compressor can generate the flow (CFM) required by the version of the V2 system that you wish to order.
@ 80 PSI
@ 90 PSI
|Vac Pro Mini™||.5 CFM||.8 CFM||1.2 CFM||2' x 4'|
|Vac Pro Basic™||
4' x 4'
|Vac Pro Plus™||
4' x 9'
Kit Instructions: PDF Download
The builder's kit contains all of the parts shown below. Please see the kit instructions for a list of the additional required parts which are available at most hardware stores.
Why is the Project: V2 Kit our top selling vacuum press?
Speed: The Project: V2 system will create vacuum faster than previous versions of our venturi system.
Strength: This system is designed around a very powerful venturi which is capable of creating up to 27.5" of Hg.
Vacuum Storage: With an affordable ball valve and integrated barbed fitting, the system can be pre-charged with vacuum to increase the initial pull down speed.
Adjustability: The vacuum controller has an adjustment screw that allows you to dial in your desired level of vacuum. You'll find that 21" of Hg is ideal for most veneering projects.
Air Efficiency: This system requires less than half of the CFM of pressurized air compared to the previous model. This means even smaller compressors can pull down average size vacuum bags. If you are concerned that your air compressor is not strong enough for a V2 system, you may find this link helpful.
Electrical Efficiency: The V2 kit uses only 6.8 watts @120 VAC when the system is recharging vacuum. Keep in mind that the electrical consumption of your air compressor will vary. When the system cycles off, there is no electrical consumption at all!
Quality: The Project: V2 system uses nearly all brass components. No flimsy plastics or cheap stamped metal parts are used.
Non-Proprietary Parts: Most of the parts used on this system can be readily found on the Internet or at your local hardware store.
Durability: The venturi comes with a full lifetime warranty. See the 'More Info' tab above for more information.
Simplicity: The entire system can be built in 2 to 3 hours and the process of building your own vacuum pressing machine is very rewarding.
Weight: The V2 system weighs only 11 lbs and can easily be carried from one location to another.
Noise: The Vac Pro venturi has one other very welcomed improvement... an integrated silencer. We've never offered a better venturi!
For a low voltage version of the system, opt for a 24v DC Mac valve which includes a 24v DC power transformer (for use with standard household current) with a 6' cord and the appropriate Mac valve. The standard voltage option adds a 10' power cord for standard household current. The high voltage option replaces the standard 120v AC Mac valve with a 220/240v AC (50/60 Hz) unit. No power cord is included with the 220/240v option. Please note that we do not provide support for the 220/240v AC version of this kit. You will need to consult an electrician for this type of wiring option.
Add a metal handle with screws for only 3 bucks. You can buy this handle at most hardware stores for the same price or get it here and help support this website.
Gauge Upgrade Option
This upgrade swaps out the standard duty gauge with a stainless steel glycerine-filled gauge. Though this item is not necessary, it is definitely valuable for users who might subject the vacuum press to daily abuse.
What else do I need to complete my V2 vacuum press?
There are some additional parts that can be found at most hardware stores. Please see the kit instructions for the list of hardware store parts. For veneer work, you may also wish to order a vacuum bag, breather mesh, glue, and glue roller.
Where can I find answers to several questions I have about this kit?
I've written a full page of frequently asked questions on this page of the JoeWoodworker website.
Why don't you include the kit instructions with the kit?
It would be too wasteful to print copies of the instructions. Most people have already printed a copy of the instructions before they order... something I highly recommend.
What are the warranty details?
The venturi is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship by VeneerSupplies.com for the life of the product. The additional components of this kit are warranted for 90 days. As defined by federal law, this is a limited, non-transferable warranty and is given exclusively to the original purchaser and applies only to Vac Pro™ vacuum generators (venturi) sold at VeneerSupplies.com by JWW Services Inc. for exclusive use in a vacuum press for veneering.
JWW Services Inc. disclaims any warranties, expressed or implied, whether of merchantability of fitness for particular use, except as expressly set forth herein. If at any time during the warranty period a Vac Pro™ venturi is found to have a defect in material or workmanship, JWW Services Inc. will, at our discretion, repair or replace it free of charge. The warranty is void if JWW Services Inc. determines that the venturi has been abused, misused, mishandled or tampered with in anyway whatsoever. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty. This warranty shall be declared null and void in the event that the venturi unit is found to be used in any industrial-use application. No implied warranty of this product is extended. Some states do not allow limitations of implied warranty so this limitation may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which may vary from state to state. This warranty only applies in the United States. JWW Services Inc. reserves the right to replace any product, which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function. JWW Services Inc. shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any venturi unit covered by this limited warranty. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, JWW Services Inc. shall notify the customer accordingly. The sole obligation of JWW Services Inc. under this limited warranty shall be to repair or replace the covered product, in accordance with the terms set forth herein. JWW Services Inc. expressly disclaims any lost sales, profits, general, special, indirect or consequential damages which may result from breach of any warranty, or arising out of the use or inability to use this product. Any warranties which are implied and which cannot be disclaimed shall be limited in duration to a term of 30 days from the date of original retail purchase. Warranty service products should be returned postage pre-paid to JWW Services Inc.
When returning products for warranty service include a note explaining the problem, a copy of the purchase receipt and a return shipping address. Return the unit with a check or money order in the amount of $10.00 to cover handling and return delivery charges. A return authorization number must be obtained from JWW Services Inc. in advance of return. Please call for an RMA number. This number must be displayed on the outside of your shipping container. Should a buyer provide JWW Services Inc. a delivery address that is incorrect, the buyer will be held responsible for the item(s). When sending a product back for warranty service, please be sure to get delivery confirmation or a tracking number, we will not be held responsible if a product is not received.
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