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$83.50
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Product Description


The Project: EVS™ and Project: V2™ vacuum presses can be used for much more than just veneering. With this clamping kit you can use the massive holding power of vacuum to instantly hold work pieces to your bench top for sanding, routing, carving and more. The kit includes a pneumatic latching foot pedal to instantly apply and release vacuum to clamping jigs on the work bench.

pg-clampkit-compatible.gifVacuum clamping jigs are required to complete this clamping system. We offer everything needed to make a custom jigs or simply order our very versatile Podz system shown below.

System Compatibility
This kit is an add-on for the Project V2 and EVS vacuum press systems. It has not been tested with any other vacuum press system.

Assembly Instructions: Click here

Includes:

  • (1) 3-Way Latching Pneumatic Foot Pedal
  • (1) Vacuum Filter
  • (1) Brass Hex Plug
  • (1) 2" Brass Pipe
  • (1) Brass Barbed Elbow (1/4" NPT to 1/4" Barb)
  • (1) Short Brass Street Elbow
  • (1) Long Brass Street Elbow
  • (1) Tank Adapter Fitting

Podz Clamping Jigs

Podz™ Vacuum Clamping Option
Behold the power of Podz! These simple vacuum jigs are designed to affordably clamp projects to your bench top. Using the power of your vacuum press and vacuum clamping add-on, the Podz 26-piece 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'.

Includes:

  • (24') Blue Vacuum Clamping Tube
  • (4) Podz Jigs - 4" x 4" HDPE, Pre-Drilled/Pre-Tapped
  • (4) Mach Ball Valves
  • (1) Brass Plug - 1/8" NPT
  • (7) Brass Barb Fittings - 1/8" NPT x 1/4" Barb
  • (8) Removable Podz Gaskets


Notes from Joe:

  • Podz™ clamping jigs work best on non-porous surfaces. This includes your bench top. If you have a porous wood bench top, the vacuum pressure will be diminished. In this case, I recommend applying several coats of oil based polyurethane to seal the pores and allow maximum vacuum clamping pressure.
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  • Porous woods such as oak and walnut will allow vacuum pressure to escape from the system. You can choose to allow this air to leak out and clamping pressure will be decreased. Alternatively, you can place blue painter's tape or even contact paper on the clamp side of the work piece. This will create a non-porous surface that can be clamped with vacuum.
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  • The Podz™ system is adjustable. You can cut the tubing to any size needed for the scope of your projects. I recommend using a 4-3-4 tube layout. This means four feet of tube from jig #1 to jig #2, three feet of vacuum tube from jig #2 to jig #3, and four feet of vacuum tube from jig#3 to jig#4.
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  • A set of four spring-loaded ball valves is included with each Podz™ jig which allows you to pre-arrange each jig on your work bench (while the vacuum source operating). The valves minimize the loss of vacuum pressure and keep the jigs in place until your work piece in set on top.



Will the vacuum clamping add-on work with the Excel 1™ or Excel 5™ systems?
It is not designed for those systems but there is an alternate system which will work. Contact us for details.

Can I vacuum clamp porous materials with this add-on kit?
It depends on the porosity of the material. Porous materials such as oak, walnut, MDF, and particle board will leak a lot of vacuum and will cause the vacuum system to run more frequently or continuously.

Does the clamping area on my work bench have to be non-porous for this system to hold vacuum?
Yes. If the work bench is a porous surface such as oak, walnut, MDF or particle board, then the vacuum press system will run very frequently or continuously.


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