Turning Archive 2007

Found my vacuum pump!

Gary Evans Tallassee, TN
>Hi all,
As some of you know, I'm in the process of rehabbing an old store building to use as my shop, I mean my studio, and gallery.

In the depths of the dank, dark basement, we found an old compressor/condensor unit that had powered a walk-in cooler back in the old days. It's a Copeland model 55 AFC. It's a piston pump and it has it's own oil sump. Since the system had long been emptied of freon, I didn't feel bad about taking a look at resurecting this unit.

We put some power to it, but nothing happened. Jumping across the pressure switch brought the old guy back to life. I haven't had a chance yet to buy a guage, but the intake will suck your thumb down pretty solidly on the fitting. I've got my fingers crossed that it will be an ample vacuum source.

One of the best things is that the unit is located directly below where my lathe will be located, so I can just pipe up through the floor and not have to listen to the pump when it runs.


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