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Offline Rich Kline

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Festool Vac-Sys and planers
« on: January 13, 2020, 10:22 AM »

Does anyone use the Vac-Sys system in replace of a bench vice?  I don't have a proper workbench and was thinking a Vac-Sys on my MFT/3 might allow me to hand plane boards, etc..  Does this seem like a reasonable idea?


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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Festool Vac-Sys and planers
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2020, 11:49 AM »
It would work with electric planer for sure. And probably with short boards and hand planes. For long boards and hand planes would probably need to add an extra support at one end at minimum.

Offline egmiii

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Re: Festool Vac-Sys and planers
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2020, 01:06 PM »
I haven't tried it, but I suspect it would work okay if you used at least 2 units mounted to a heavy bench. The suction is very powerful, but so is the leverage on a long board.

Offline Kanuka

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Re: Festool Vac-Sys and planers
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2020, 09:47 PM »
They will hold just fine but it will be spongy and sub-ideal for hand planing.

Re: Festool Vac-Sys and planers
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2020, 05:07 AM »
For lighter work e.g. chamfering edges it works well.  The capability to swivel while holding the workpiece in a vertical orientation is ideal.