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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2021, 01:51 PM »
Well, I for one would definitely want to buy a pair of simonh’s pods, so hope they will become available again.
DynaGlide, thanks for the video at the link. One thing I did notice that would bother me is: you were using only one VAC-SYS head, so the panel you were routing moved at each end of the process. I think I would need to have both heads up to prevent that, or have some support at the ends. Has anyone else dealt with that?
Also Dyna-Glide: where did you source the hexagonal rod for your LR-32 side stop extensions?

@Stan Tillinghast It's from McMaster Carr.    89845K77 I bought the 2ft length.

The other tricky part is finding a tape that will fit it. .this is the one I used https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I8RKN68/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The video makes it look like the panel is moving but it really isn't in relation to the vac sys head. Not an issue for this operation unless you're planning on doing much longer panels. These were the sides to ~25" tall base cabinets.

I left the option to add a second vac sys head to my cart but have yet to find a need for it. Maybe if I was working on doors or something.
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Offline Stan Tillinghast

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2021, 03:25 PM »
Many thanks, Dyna-Glide! [smile]
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Offline jarbroen

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #32 on: April 21, 2021, 11:58 PM »
I agree with @RJNeal : you need to have it easily available or it will sit there. I stowed mine under the MFT, but it still required a decent amount of setup. After FestoolSedge's Live on the Vac-SYS, I made a similar side mount for the table and custom cart to hold the SE-1 head on that mount, the foot pedal, and accessory SYS. Now it takes seconds to setup. I know I'd use it a lot less if it wasn't for making its setup short and easy. If you want to learn how to make custom heads for it, watch Sedge's Live on it: basically, ply with a bead of silicone, but it helps immensely if you have a lot of similar parts that aren't easily serviced with the accessory heads.

Do you have any pictures of the cart you made to hold the SE1, pedal and systainer?
I checked your blog, but didn’t see it there - just your older vacuum system.
I have been noodling on the exact idea you described.  Something that stows under the MFT and allows quick access/setup of the Vac-Sys.
Otherwise, I forget to use the darn thing because it takes 5 minutes to pull out of the Systainers and hook everything up.  Which kinda defeats the time saving advantage for smaller projects.
There are some really neat Vac-Sys carts pictured in this thread, but I don’t want to dedicate a space for that.

Offline RJNeal

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2021, 08:15 AM »
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Here’s are a couple of pictures.
Have you walked your saw today?

Offline jarbroen

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2021, 09:41 AM »
RJNeal - your Vac-Sys cart is most excellent!  If I had the space to dedicate to a separate cart I would build something precisely like that.
I was hoping @PaulMarcel would share pictures of his setup.  He mentioned that it slides under an MFT, which is what I'm planning to build.

Offline elfick

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2021, 11:11 AM »
Big fan of the Vac Sys. .I made a cart dedicated to it.





I even use vacuum clamp pods to speed up LR32 work


@DynaGlide Where did you get the t-track rails that you use to hang your tape measures?

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2021, 11:16 AM »
@elfick They were made by Calavera Tool. No longer made, now he makes aprons instead.

https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/calavera-tool-works-reimagining-work-gear/



It makes for a nice handle on my cart. I found it at a lumber store when I was in Asheville a few years back and snatched it up since I already had one and wanted another but they were OOS everywhere I looked. I have the one with the 5# bags mounted to my MFT table. I keep Dominos in those.
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Offline PaulMarcel

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2021, 02:03 PM »
My cart certainly isn't as fancy as the other posts in this thread but works well for me.

The board that mounts to the side of the MFT just leans back on the cart for storage. The pocket behind that board is where the foot pedal stows. I put a holder on that board for a weight plate; it isn't necessary but does keep it from moving when I bump it. The Systainer is the accessory kit with the different heads. The pump is sitting under the MFT on that shelf: you can see it in the first photo on the left in the back.
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Offline jarbroen

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #38 on: April 22, 2021, 03:36 PM »
Awesome, thanks for posting Paul!

Simple is exactly what I was going for.  I like the slanted rest for the head and spot to stow the foot pedal.  And it's skinny enough that you can have another roll board next to it under the MFT.
I think I'll copy that, but make it taller so the Vac-Sys Systainers can be stored under the heads.
Do the exposed heads collecting dust cause you any vacuum issues?  I know the pump motor has a filter - just wasn't sure how sensitive the lines/heads are to dust and junk.
Even though I have plenty of dust extractors I still seem to make a pile of sawdust fairly often... lol

p.s. What do you use the 2" holes on the bottom of the SE holder for?
« Last Edit: April 22, 2021, 03:41 PM by jarbroen »

Offline PaulMarcel

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #39 on: April 22, 2021, 04:01 PM »
Do the exposed heads collecting dust cause you any vacuum issues?  I know the pump motor has a filter - just wasn't sure how sensitive the lines/heads are to dust and junk.

Not that I've noticed, but with it slanted and with the green pin in the middle pushed up by a spring, not a lot that settles would get in there. More likely to get dust there from using it tbh.

p.s. What do you use the 2" holes on the bottom of the SE holder for?

Last couple projects needed both the big round head and the narrower rail head. I drilled those holes to make stowing the other head easier as usually the cart gets pushed back under the MFT (and previously the accessory kit was stored on the wall sysport):

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Offline jarbroen

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Re: Vac-sys
« Reply #40 on: April 22, 2021, 05:05 PM »
Handy!
Thanks for taking the time to reply!

Now I’m excited to build myself some Sys-Vac storage!