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Posted on Thoughts on Replacing the Shop Vac with Oneida’s Dust Cobra

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 05:58 PM

I find that dust collectors and shop vacuums serve different functions and each are needed in a woodworking shop.

Dust collectors are not portable and don’t always have greater vacuum power than a shop vac but do process larger volumes of air which pulls dust and small particles in from stationary tools. I find my shop vac indispensable for numerous uses like cleaning vehicles interior and particularly it’s ability to wet vacuum; a feature I use regularly to clean out the last few gallons of water in my hot tub that won’t go out the drain. I also frequently use the blower side of the shop vac…..sometimes I just open the big door on my shop and give it a good blowing out.

I can’t see that Oneida’s Dust Cobra would be any better than other cyclone based dust collectors so I would look at price and volume of air when making comparisons. The above comment about micron filtering is also important.

-- Les B, Oregon

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