What alternatives to the Oneida Mini Gorilla should I be looking at?

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Forum topic by Jthomps123 posted 11-16-2016 01:37 PM 639 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2016 01:37 PM

I need to purchase a dust collector for my garage shop, preferably movable and the Oneida Mini Gorilla seems like a great choice; its made in the USA, has a Baldor motor and comes with a HEPA filter.

I’ve seen the Grizzly, Jet and Lagunas that are maybe 10-20% less in price, but made overseas and don’t include a true HEPA filter ( I could be wrong here).

I’d like to stick with 110v for now and the Oneida seems to check all the boxes for me. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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#1 posted 11-28-2016 02:56 AM


I see nothing wrong with the Oneida unit assuming it meets your requirements. Since I have not seen or used any Oneida product or other dust collector brands mentioned, I cannot attest to the quality of any of these products.

It is a small unit that would probably work best if used with a dust collection hose (smooth wall flex hose would probably reduce static pressure compared to corrugated walled hose) that is moved from tool to tool. The limited dust bin capacity would require frequent emptying. The level of debris would have to be watched closely, especially during operations that produce shavings. If the dust bin overflows, debris would become lodged in the filter, requiring a lot of effort to clean.

I would think the Oneida or any other smaller dust collectors would perform poorly if central duct work is used. Static pressure from piping, fittings, and blast gates would add up quickly and reduce at-the-tool suction.

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