I spent almost an hour today at the Oneida Air manufacturing facility hear in Syracuse, NY. It was very informative. My current DC system is an older Oneida Air cyclone 2hp unit with dual bag filtration. Here is a picture of it installed in the old shop.
Sorry it’s sideways, it is not that way in original.
I was interested in upgrading the unit to a cartridge filter. Well it can be done, however, the unit will be maxed out at the farthest point in the shop. That is with only one blast gate open at a time. So if I ever wanted to upgrade to larger planer or drum sander the DC would need upgrading as well. If any helpers were to stop by I can’t run a second tool either. The cost of adding the cartridge filter is fairly significant as it involves some custom adapters. In an effort to not have to redo this thing, ever, I am strongly leaning towards a new Oneida Air 3hp V-System. Yes, the upfront cost is is greater to do this. I would be upgrading to a 3hp from a 2hp, gaining a HEPA filter, a much more efficient motor, and a system designed for the shop by Oneida designers, with room to grow. My current DC unit is rated 2hp, 230volts
18amps. The new one will be 3hp, 230volts 13amps, more hp and less juice used. The larger unit would allow me to maximize the CFM’s to the tools. The noise level of the newer unit will be significantly less then the old beast, another added bonus. Of course I would sell the old beast to help offset the cost of the new one.
Just some things to consider. The designers are working on a quote as I type this. The added health benefits alone should be enough to justify the new unit.
What do you all think?
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