The BenchTop Vacuum Membrane Press

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The BenchTop Press is one of the latest products to be developed by Peter Hoggard at AirPress. It was designed to bridge the gap between the low cost portable vacuum bag system and the more expensive BenchPress series.

By producing an all in one moulded design, this new press costs almost a third of a similar sized press without compromising its high performance.

As the name suggests, it can be placed on a benchtop and has a maximum pressing area of about 1000 x 650mm making it ideal for schools and colleges, musical instrument makers, box makers and other woodworkers who want the versatility and ease of use of a vacuum membrane press at an affordable price. It can also be used for thermoforming Corian and other acrylic based, solidsurface materials.

To run the BenchTop Press, simply connect your existing vacuum pump or alternatively select from the new Platinum range of efficient, high quality pumps available at AirPress.


    • 30mm thick composite platen - multi-holed platen for maximum efficiency and fast, uniform evacuation of air - moulded to solid polyurethane edge support section (maximum pressing area 1000 x 650mm.

    • 3 section anodised aluminium extruded membrane frame - allows easy replacement of rubber membrane without use of screws or adhesive

    • Moulded silicone gasket for airtight performance

    • Vacuum cups fitted to lock down membrane frame with foot valve included for hands free operation

    • Lever valve operation

    • Tough natural rubber membrane fitted - elongation 600% - 2mm thick (Optional silicone rubber fitted for high temperature thermoforming)

    • Optional support legs available on castors

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"I would just like to write and tell you how pleased I am with the self assembly bench press.

It has been fantastic and has allowed me to do such a huge range of different projects.

Working on yacht interiors I do a lot of veneer and laminate work and it has proved invaluable."
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