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Forum topic by tsdahc posted 12-10-2013 02:23 AM 8989 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2013 02:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector cyclone oneida

So I found a gentlemen on Craigslist selling a Oneida 2hp cyclone. He doesn’t know the model thinks its about 5 years old. It has the lesson motor on it and I am attaching a photo if that will help identify it. I went and looked at it today and it appears in good shape. He’s offering it for a killer price including all the plumbing for an entire wood shop and about 10 hook up with gates. The thing pulls some serious air flow, especially compared to my 2hp HF collector (somehow I don’t think the two motors are comparable).

Some of the questions I have what would be a reasonable offer for the cyclone and enough metal plumbing for 10 tools?

Are Oneida cyclones good quality over the long haul. Obviously got to better then harbor freight, but this thing also isn’t $100.

It’s currently sitting at 8.5 ft, my ceiling is 8at the rafters and 9 between them. I was thinking I could cut the flex tube down between the cyclone and canister 6 inches. Does anyone think that will hurt the performance? I’m trying to find a way to make this fit in my basement shop.

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 02:35 AM

I have an Oneida 2HP Dust Gorilla and have had it for over 5 years. Never a problem. Cost as I recall was around $1,000. Ducting and gates were extra. The unit in photo looks like it might be larger than mine. I’ve rigged mine to dump into a 90 gallon trash container. I don’dt think you can go wrong with Oneida.

Hope this helps.

-- Gary

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 02:42 AM

I have the 2 hp grizzly, piped to 10 tools. As far as quality goes the Lessen motor and Oneida are very good. Mine does a great job. I have at least $2000 invested with the piping, cyclone, filter redo, gates, ect. I also had to cut flex pipe shorter to fit in garage, without problems. As far as a reasonable offer, figure out what it is worth to you and go from there, how bad do they want to sell it, ? Hope this helps, it would be a great unit for a one man shop. There is also, the noise problem?

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 03:09 AM

oneida is very nice quality. I think i would make him an offer base on the collector itself however.

pipe looks to be light gauge hvac duct. (you ll want some real pipe)

Blast gates may be worth a little something,or may be worthless (need more info.)

Does he have remotes with it?

I think a fair offer to get things rolling would be 850.00 (don’t see more than 1200.00 there), with it being two hp/

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 03:23 PM

Thank you for the replies. I wish I could have found out the model to do some further research. The things is not as loud as my harbor freight so I’m not too worried about the noise. I just need to figure out if I have clearance. I think the motor is going to have to sit in between the rafters to work but ill have to do some more measuring. Hate to get it and it not fit. It will be a definite upgrade from what I have. Figures I just had the electrician out to wire in some circuits none of which were 220v. Looks like they’ll have to come back.

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#5 posted 12-10-2013 04:03 PM

I’ve had the SDG for about 7 years and absolutely hate the thing….which may give a little more credence to my next statement. It’s built like a tank! It’s quite similar to the one pic’d, but the body in that one appears to be clamped together (?), and the fashion in which the blower is fastened to the body is different. Anyway, nack to the construction: the impeller of the Oneida is a work of art: swept back vanes, perfectly balanced, and designed to move air. When I first installed mine in a shop with 9’ ceilings I used a 55 gallon dust bin, and cut down the hose between the body and the dust bin by 6” effect on operation whatsoever, don’t be afrid to do that. Since then I moved, and the shop now has an 8’ ceiling. The unit fits under that just fine, but I am limited to the factory 35 gallon can. One other thing, that pic clearly shows a nice steel elbow between the blower and the filter, the new ones look to be plastic….the one you found is likely better than buying a new one. Why do I hate mine? Dust separation does not meet my standards. I get the 99% they claim (actually I get 98.4%), but that still allows a lot of fine dust to get to the filter….especially if you run the drum sander a lot.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 01:50 AM

Buy it and shorten the flex-tube between the cyclone and the drum. You won’t be sorry!

-- Art

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 02:05 AM

My complaint about my 1.5 hp cyclone (not Oneida) is
I have to clean the filter a lot. I’d rather have a bag
house filter than a pleated one. I’m in So. California
so I can vent outside if I want to without a heat loss

I bought a second dust collector, a 3hp 2 bag model
to use with my planer and stroke sander. It’s
way more of a collector, but of course the bags
are nasty to be around if you’re inside and the
footprint is bigger than a cyclone. I put it outside.
I used it to clean the cyclone filter recently and
it seemed to do a better job than banging the
filter around in a trash can and spraying it with
compressed air or vacuuming it.

I don’t know much about the physics of dust collection
but I can tell you for sure that in a closed shop,
a 2hp cyclone will get chips but it won’t get
the fine stuff as well as you’ll want if you do
a lot of machine sanding.

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 04:40 AM

That looks like a pretty good model. The older Oneida cyclones of that size used to have the filters inside the cyclone. We had one of them with a 2HP motor and like Loren, we thought we’d be happier with a 3HP twin bag unit that came up for sale. We were at first but at some point we spoke with Oneida and they suggested upgrading to the external filter. This simple fix dramatically improved the performance of the collector and now we plan to get rid of the bag unit and purchase another cyclone (5HP ClearVue).

Dealing with all the fine dust and constantly emptying bags instead of barrels gets old fast.

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#9 posted 12-15-2013 03:29 AM

I will be going tomorrow to start uninstalling the collector and all the duct work. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be awhile before I can install this new equipment into my shop, it’s not wired for 220 yet and I am going to make a closet for this thing to go into cutdown on sound.

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#10 posted 12-15-2013 12:43 PM

Keep a couple of things in mind: any closet will have to have venting back into the room, skip it and you may impair the performance of the DC (it need to breathe to move air). Second (and just my opinion) any time the DC is running, so are other tools….at least in my shop. So I need to wear hearing protection anyway, never quite got the reason for enclosing to reduce noise. In fact, once that unit is hooked to a planer, the howl from it will drown out banshees. Finally, good luck with your installation….I’m sure you will be happy.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#11 posted 12-16-2013 02:03 AM

Congrats on the new purchase. Do a review once you get it installed and working.

-- Art

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