Attach the Hold Fast vacuum chuck to your lathe and it’ll securely hold your turnings without marring the surface, so you can spend more time turning instead of chucking and removing workpieces.
The Hold Fast System can run from a small compressor — it only needs 2.5 CFM at 55-65 PSI — and it generates 19+ inches of vacuum to secure your work. Excluding the noise from the compressor, the vacuum chuck itself is quiet.
The vacuum chuck works on any lathe with a hollow #2 Morse Taper headstock spindle — if you own a lathe, you probably understand what that means. The chuck head is made of fiberglass-reinforced nylon and has a machined aluminum thread collar. O-rings form a seal between the workpiece and the chuck. Connect the vacuum generator to the chuck, and mount its regulator directly to the lathe so you can keep an eye on the large vacuum dial.
Street pricing on a complete Hold Fast system, including the vacuum generator with regulator, vacuum adapter, and chuck, is usually somewhere in the $260 range — but several companies, including Hartville Tools and Woodturner’s Catalog, are discounting them to $170 to $210 depending on the size of the chuck. You can also buy components separately.