Vacuum pumps


Wondering if any of you know of cheap vacuum pump sources for use in vacuum bagging. I’ve been using a venturi hooked to my air compressor, and it works GREAT, but I fear the next time I lam a board at 11pm and leave my 3hp compressor run all night outside the neighbor may put a bullet hole in it … thinking there’s got to be a better way that doesn’t cost a fortune for an occasional home user.

I wonder about stealing a compressor off one of those mini-fridges and replumbing it … though a person would need to add a switching system or a bleeder valve to regulate the vacuum …

Better though would be to just find a simple vacuum pump out there, that does the job, without all the bells and whistles and $300 price tag.



Try this low price, low maintence, mutiple uses besides board building. Or check the archives. Cheers - steve

I bought mine on eBay. Its a good Gast double-chamber pump that I got for about $40 plus $15 shipping.

Keep an eye on this seller’s items:

His email, if you’d like to just ask about a pump, is I get all these eBay alerts that he again has something like what I bought, so I know he sells them a lot…

Mine is working awesome…

I built it out with a vac switch from ACP, 1/4" tubing & ABS pipe (for tanks) from Home Depot, and a regular light switch. Less than $75 all together & pulls down a whole longboard bag in about 15 minutes - holds it at 9-12 "Hg all night long…

ummm yeah,…I just spit up on my monitor! Hint. go straight to the pictures…not


Simple and Safe to Use - Dr. Recommended

You Can Expect Size Increases of 20-25%

Dude I’ve already got a 10’6" … what am I gonna do with 25 percent more length? I’ll need help to carry it around! :open_mouth:


I bought mine on eBay… holds it at 9-12 "Hg all night long…

maybe I need the pump he’s got… Then again maybe I need to grow up and stop visiting the surfermag forum!!

Watch for “aspirator” pumps on ebay. These sometimes get overlooked by the high-bidding vacuum pump buyers, especially if the word “vacuum” isn’t in the description. I got mine, a ww2-era military-issue oil-vaned pump, for like $40. It works great, don’t even use a switch, just adjust the bleeder valve until the pressure is right, let it run and keep it oiled. I’ve probably got several hundred hours on it with no problems.

Penis pumps aren’t my bag, baby!!! Really!!!