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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.

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4 Responses to Vacuum Chuck For Woodturning

  1. Old Coot says:

    So what happens to a large/heavy workpiece if a hose should rupture? I think I’d want to be heavily wrapped in Kevlar whilst using one of these gadgets.

  2. Gary says:

    You do have to be careful with vacuum chucks. Flat surface for a good seal etc. I don’t know what the weight limitations are, but a friend of mine collapsed a thin walled vesel because is generated so much of a vacuum.

    Besides even if you’re using a conventional chuck and you get a bad catch, the chunk of wood is gonna dance around your shop. Every turner has done it at some point or another. Thats why face shields are so important.

  3. windycity says:

    No matter how well maintained this thing gets, I don’t think this could hold up to regular use without causing worry in the back of a turners mind. I work in the Aerospace industry and seals and pressure are a high source of failures.

  4. BC says:

    I’ve never seen one of these before… How the “f” do you center your work?

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