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Rather than buying a vacuum pump for clamping and veneering, connect Black Jack’s vacuum generator up to your air compressor as your vacuum source. You just need to make sure your compressor can supply 3CFM @ 90psi. Black Jack doesn’t state the pressure drop the generator can achieve, but all the retailers use 10psi drop in pressure for their example calculations.

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Have you ever been stuck without a pump and had to inflate a queen-sized air mattress using only your lungs? I have, and I wouldn’t recommend it; I nearly passed out several times. A pump is the obvious solution, but why buy a pump when you can use another tool you already have?

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The 1-hp BucketVac vacuum head fits any standard 5-gallon bucket like a lid and turns it into a shop vacuum. This is brilliant — not only does it make use of buckets lying around the shop or jobsite; you can lug it around or store it in the shop in a minimal space.

Once attached to a bucket the BucketVac is a wet/dry vacuum just like any other model except with no wheels. It comes standard with a 2″ diameter hose and looks like a great way to put to work all the extra 5-gallon buckets that need to be filled with stuff you’d rather not touch.

The bad news is the price point appears to hover around $70. Simply put, you could buy two five-gallon Shop Vacs for what it would cost for one of these things, so it may be a little steep for someone that doesn’t really need it.

SpeedClean [Manufacturer’s Site]
Street Pricing [Google Products]

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The Exair Reversible Drum Vac might better be described as a “liquid transfer pump,” since it can fill or empty a 55-gallon drum in about 90 seconds.  It runs on compressed air and has no moving parts, and it attaches to the bunghole of any 30 or 55-gallon closed-head drum.  And you can stop giggling — “bunghole” is the correct term for the opening in a drum.

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