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Vacuum power for the new series of Laguna 18/47 lathes

Add vacuum chucking convenience and utility to your new Laguna 18/47 series lathe.

The latest revision of the Laguna 18/47 lathe can now be easily equipped for vacuum chucking with the addition of JT's new Precision Vacuum Adapter Kit for Laguna 18/47 lathes.   JT's Precision Vacuum Adapter Kit for this Laguna model makes it possible for turners to enjoy reliable, high performance vacuum chuck work holding.  These kits consist of a Precision Vacuum Adapter coupled with a Laguna-specific custom hand wheel.

Our kits not only make the adoption of vacuum chucking simple, but the user also benefits from a comfortable, more hand-friendly hand wheel permanently installed on their lathe.  The "plug and play" Precision Vacuum Adapter mates perfectly with the custom hand wheel, allowing for quick changes from mechanical chucking to vacuum chucking, without interference with any other lathe capabilities such as use of morse taper accessories or knock-out bars.

A recent customer said, "I chucked up a 14" Hard Maple bowl to cut off the tenon and finish the bottom today, using the 2" to 4" fitting on the vacuum chuck.  I figured I might as well start big and see how it goes.  I couldn't be happier - the system worked great without any issues.  It drew plenty of vacuum and was easy to use".

Installation is simple - loosen the two set screws and unscrew the stock hand wheel from the end of the spindle (caution the spindle threads are right-hand).  Then thread the new kit-supplied hand wheel on to the lathe just snugly - don't over-tighten. Re-tighten the set screws.  To learn about initial installation of the Precision Vacuum Adapter, read Installing the Precision Vacuum Adapter on our Product Installation page.  Note: The standard knock-out rod may need to be lengthened or replaced with the installation of this kit.

Laguna 18/47 with Precision Vacuum Adapter, Custom vacuum-ready

Hand Wheel, and the Precision Vacuum Chuck Hub installed

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Due to low demand, this item may not be available, inquire for availability.

Price for the Precision Vacuum Adapter Kit for Laguna 18/47 is $135.00.

(Domestic U.S. orders only - for International orders, contact us)

Precision Vacuum Hubs

You might also be interested in our companion product, the Precision Vacuum Hub.  This billet aluminum hub is machined to exacting tolerances from aircraft quality aluminum stock, using state of the art CNC machining equipment.  Engineered to give years of service, the Precision Vacuum Hub allows the turner to utilize inexpensive Schedule 40 PVC 2-inch pipe Couplings to create interchangeable vacuum cups of varying sizes.

PM 3520, adapter installed

Precision Vacuum Hub for 1 1/4 x 8 spindle thread

Two views showing the Precision Vacuum Hub mounted on a Powermatic 3520B woodturning lathe

End view showing the face groove receiver for the 2" PVC couplings.  Note the O-ring at the bottom of the groove providing a positive vacuum seal. Side view showing the exceptional machining quality on all surfaces.  Note the six set screws that retain the vacuum cups.
Hub and Cups
Vacuum Hub and PVC pipe coupling Cups - various sizes available

This provides a low cost, high quality alternative to multiple sizes of individual vacuum chucks, while allowing the user to quickly move from one size cup to another.  The cups (2" PVC pipe couplings) are inserted into the precisely machined groove in the face of the hub, sealed by an O-ring in the bottom of the grove, and retained securely with 6 set screws around the perimeter.  Hubs are available in 1"x8, 1.25"x8, and M33x3.5 spindle thread sizes to accommodate most popular lathes.  Learn more about the Precision Vacuum Hub products on the vacuum hubs page.