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Excel 1™
Continuous Run
Vacuum Press System
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Product Description

Excel 1 kits are currently sold out. We expect more in late October.

Simple and Affordable -
The new Excel 1™ vacuum press kit is a compact and very affordable system for vacuum bags up to 4’ x 4’ in size. The kit is a testament to simplicity and with its wide range of uses, you'll find it a versatile and practical addition to your arsenal of tools. I recently redesigned this system, updated a few parts, and made the assembly process easier with all new instructions. Most importantly, we were able to reduce the price by $90 by using a different (and in many ways, better) vacuum pump.

This vacuum press is designed for woodworkers looking for a simple and affordable method to apply wood veneer and clamp wood projects for routing, sanding, carving, and more. The system is fully adjustable and can generate more than 1,785 lbs. of pressure per square foot at sea level. At the heart of the system is a small but powerful 1.4 CFM vacuum pump designed to ensure many years of trouble-free operation. The system runs on standard household current (120v AC).

Every part of this system was designed with simplicity in mind. This makes it easy to assemble and incredibly durable. 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.

To complete your press, you will need a vacuum bag, breather mesh, and platens.

pg-need-help.gifAssembly Time: 20 to 25 Minutes
Maximum Bag Size: 4' x 4'
Assembly Instructions: Click here

Kit Contents

  • New 1.4 CFM Vacuum Pump (Continuous Duty, Oil-Less)
  • High Flow Vacuum Filter
  • Braided Vacuum Tube (3/8" ID x 10 ft.)
  • Lock-On Vacuum Connector (x2, new version)
  • Brass Lock-On Connector Plug Fitting
  • Rubber Feet for Vacuum Pump (x4)
  • Stainless Steel Vacuum Gauge
  • Exhaust Muffler
  • Bleeder Muffler
  • Thread Sealing Tape
  • Vacuum Valve
  • Brass Barbed Fitting (x2)
  • Brass Elbow Fitting
  • Brass Cross Fitting
  • Brass Pipe Nipple (x2)


  • Quick-connect system allows easy removal of the vacuum tube for storage.
  • The vacuum pump is fan cooled, thermally protected and comes with a 5ft power cord.
  • Suitable for vacuum bags up to 4' x 4'.
  • While in operation this system generates just 53 dB of sound.
  • The Excel 1 kit will create 25.5" of Hg at sea level.
  • All of the parts to build this kit are included.

pg-warning-yellow.jpg WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals, including lead, which are known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information visit

Vacuum Clamping Option

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'.

Podz Kit for Excel Vacuum Press SystemThe Excel Podz kit includes everything in the regular Podz kit plus the electric foot pedal.

  • Podz Pre-Drilled Jigs - 4" x 4" HDPE (4 pcs.)
  • Mach Valves (4 pcs.)
  • Brass Plug - 1/8" NPT
  • Blue Vacuum Tube (12 ft.)
  • Brass Barb Fittings (7 pcs.)
  • Removable Podz Gaskets (8 pcs.)
  • Attachment Fitting
  • Latching Electric Foot Pedal

Pre-Assembly Option
A vacuum press is not a difficult project to build, but if you prefer to jump right into veneering, the pre-assembled option on this kit is just for you. Select this option and I will assemble the Excel 1 kit for you so the system is ready to run when you open the box. This option will not delay shipping of your order. The pre-assembly option is for the Excel 1 kit only and does not include assembly of the Podz Kit options shown above.

Systems which have been assembled and are put into use by the customer can not be returned. Please note that the assembly fee is non-refundable should you decide to return the unused system.

What happened to the former version of the Excel 1 kit?
The former system is now called the Excel 1 Quiet™. If you plan to use the vacuum system in an apartment or any other place where noise levels are a concern, the Quiet version may prevent the neighbors from knocking on your door. The US-made diaphragm-based vacuum pump is notably quiet at just 43 dB, but it's also important to keep in mind that the standard Excel 1 system is not very loud at 53 dB. If sound level is not a concern, then the standard Excel 1 is a incredible bargain since it is considerably less expensive and is faster at drawing vacuum.

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.

Why does the clamping add-on on this product appear to cost more than if the Podz clamping kit is ordered separately?
The Podz kit option on the Excel vacuum press system also includes the electric foot pedal. The stand-alone Podz kit on our site does not include the foot pedal. The standard Podz kit with tube adapter option costs $82.95 and the foot pedal is $28.40. The combined total is $111.35 which is what we charge to include the Podz kit and foot pedal with your Excel 1 order.

Can I use a vacuum press for clamping boards together face to face?
At sea level, a typical vacuum press can put down the equivalent of 1,750 lbs of pressure per square foot. If the boards are flat, then this is generally considered more than adequate for a project where two sheet materials such as plywood or MDF are being glued together face to face. This also is true for gluing solid wood boards together.

Will this system have enough force to bend strips of wood so I can make bent laminations?
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors such as thickness, species and grain direction. It will also depend on the radius and complexity of the curves that are being used on the project. At sea level, this vacuum press can create up to 1,750 lbs of clamping pressure per square foot. You will need to decide if that is enough for your bending project.

Can I use this system with epoxy?
The Excel system is not designed for use with epoxy and similar adhesive types unless an intake filter is used that can trap airborne particulates and prevent gumming in the system. We do not offer this filter nor can we suggest where to find one.

Can this system for used for carbon fiber work?
I honestly don't know the answer to that question. Many have asked about it and then bought the system. I haven't received any feedback from them so I simply do not have an honest answer. If you have used the system for a carbon fiber project, feel free to send me some details.

Does altitude affect the maximum vacuum I can get with this system?
There is a loss of about 1" Hg for every 1,000 feet above sea level. This system can create 25.5" Hg so if you are at 5,000 feet, you will get approximately 20.5" Hg of vacuum. Since this system has a maximum vacuum of 25.5" Hg at sea level, it is not suitable for users above 8,000 feet.

What is the minimum vacuum level for veneering?
Most veneers require at least 17" Hg but a few species such as maple and bubinga are best pressed at 21" Hg.

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 to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of 90 days.

What is the return policy on the Excel 1 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 of knowing what size bag you want with your system so the bags are offered separate from the rest of the system.

Can this system be used overseas with a power converter?
No. Power converters do not create the proper "cycle" for these pumps and will cause damage to the motor windings.

What is the purpose of the vacuum valve?
It allows you to fine tune (upward) the pressure a bit without having to change the setting on the bleeder fitting. Additionally, the vacuum valve allows you to close off the flow to the bleeder valve completely so that, at the start of a pressing job, the vacuum pump can pull-down the vacuum bag slightly faster.

Why is the Podz option for the Excel kit more expensive than the Podz product itself?
The Podz kit that is selectable on the Excel Vacuum Press product page also includes the electric foot a reduced price.

Product Reviews

  1. Doing It's Job Well

    Review by Bill Boyle

    Easy to set up with clear and concise directions, it’s in use in my shop and I have absolutely no problems with it. It’s doing it’s job well!I love the foot pedal switch and the add-on vacuum clamp.

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