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Oneida Dust Collector Conundrum1/9
We used to use the Oneida dedicated on our CNC. Preformed great, but with one downside. The Pleated filter would get clogged and need to be removed and taken outside and literally beaten with a stick to clear it.
As our production increased it became too time consuming and we replaced it with the Nederman.
We just moved into our new shop and installed the old Onieda dedicated to our edgebander and it works great. Finally have enough power to clear out the tails from the 2mm pvc we primarily run.
I miss the power of the Onieda on the CNC.
I've been running my Oneida collector with the same pleated filter for about 6 years. I run my CNC, shaper, and edgebander to it. Never a problem cleaning the filter. When the gauge nears 3, I blow compressed air from the outside of the filter to the inside. Take the pan off the bottom and empty it. Filter works just like new.
We had an Oneida (15hp) and had to replace the filters eventually. We had a plenum that was used to clean sanding table filters. It was hooked to another collector. When it began to get clogged we would hold the end over the plenum and blow from the outside in. With two sets of filters it allowed a thorough cleaning when we had time.
You can certainly use a filter bag or baghouse on that collector. Call American Fabric filters and ask their opinions on what can be done. You may need to have a plenum made for the output so you can put more than one bag.
I got rid of the Oneida pleated filters and added an Aget baghouse with a shaker and have never looked back.
I found them to be nothing but a maintenance nightmare.
If your filters are clogging like that you likely have a vacuum leak in your collection bin. Maybe around the top metal hoop or even a hole somewhere in the barrel.
Only time I'd have to beat the filter is if I let the bin get to full and it pushed chips into it.
I run my Oneida without a filter now, piped straight outside. Benefit of operating very quietly and no filters to worry about. But it can suck the heat/cool out of the building if you run it a lot or are in a smaller building.
I bought an Aget baghouse with shaker and never got around to installing it. I was thinking an added benefit is it would quiet it down.
A couple months ago we got rid of every pleated filter in the shop, replaced them with cloth ones from American fabric filter. Much better performance
I put an Aget baghouse on my cyclone as well. Got a full set of Beane tubes for it as well when we installed it. Tons of filter area, works great. Air quality as measured by a Dylos particle counter is consistently good.