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Which Vacuum Pump To Use For Stabilizing Wood

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In this episode, I discuss what you need to look for in a vacuum pump for stabilizing wood. With all the specifications, it gets a little confusing! Luckily, there is only one specification that you need to worry about.

When I first started stabilizing wood, I had an oilless pump and decided to use that one since I couldn’t really afford to buy a new one. I never really looked into what specifications were important, and I never knew if the pump I had was right for the job. I was getting reasonable results; however, I noticed some inconsistencies in the final stabilized products. I knew it was time to learn more about vac pumps.

Well, after consulting with Curtis Seebeck from TurnTex.com, I found out that my air cooled pump was “underpowered” and I could get better results if I upgraded to the correct pump. Curtis explained to me what’s important in a pump, and he recommended the Robinair 15310.

Armed with the new knowledge, I quickly purchased a new pump. I found the Robinair 15310 on Amazon.com, and I ended up paying $98.18 for it plus free 2-day shipping. It’s regularly $159.95, but since I have the Amazon Prime membership, I got a smokin’ deal on it!

If you purchase from Amazon.com frequently, I’d highly recommend looking into the Prime Membership. On this vacuum pump purchase alone, I saved $61 plus I get free 2-Day shipping on every item that’s marked “Prime”. Click on the photo to the right to learn more about Prime Memberships and get a free 30-Day trial.

I want to thank Curtis Seebeck for his continued help when it comes to stabilizing. I believe his vacuum chambers and Cactus Juice stabilizing resin are the best on the market, but his customer service is what sets him apart from any other brand. His dedication to ensuring that his customers are getting the best results is just plain awesome. I should have consulted with him about the pump I was using a year ago!



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  • Richard B October 23, 2015, 1:58 PM

    WOW I thought that guy from Texas was good,you run circles around him.Fantastic videos

    • Zac Higgins October 23, 2015, 11:58 PM

      Thanks Richard! I’m not sure I’m in shape enough to run circles around anyone 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying the videos, more on the way!!

  • Steve Schaefer August 26, 2019, 12:33 PM

    Zac this is going to turn out to be a stupid question, but looking through the specks on vacuum pumps I do not see Inch of mercury, inHg or suction. How is Inch of mercury expressed on these pumps

    • Zac Higgins August 26, 2019, 11:44 PM

      Hey Steve, it’s not a dumb question at all. It is tough to sort through all the info on pumps. To be honest, I don’t even know exact specs anymore. I just know what two pumps I would use and recommend. I’ve been using the Robinar pumps for years, and they work fabulous, the other option is to go with an American made JB Eliminator pump that costs a bit more but can be repaired if needed (you can’t order parts for the Robinair, so it’s pretty much disposable). I have links to both on my “tools I use” page on my website. They both work perfect for stabilizing. If you’d like to dive into the details on pumps, this article by Curtis at TurnTex explains everything about vacuum pumps for stabilizing in great detail: https://www.turntex.com/help-center/cactus-juice-stabilizing-resources/98-selecting-a-vacuum-pump

  • Jesse Tutterrow October 31, 2019, 5:25 PM

    Thanks for the videos. How many hours of running do you get on a Robinair pump before it is time to replace it?

    • Zac Higgins November 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

      Hey Jesse, you should get many good years out of it as long as you change the oil regularly and keep moisture and stabilizing resin out of the pump

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