Cleaning Cyclone Filters

      Tips on keeping filters clean without creating more dust. May 15, 2011

I have an older Oneida 1 1/2 hp cyclone. With the absurd ritual of blasting the dust off the filter with compressed air to clean it, I'm about ready to shelve it. I've heard of others using containers with cyclone lids in series before the collector, to both reduce buildup on the filter and increase holding capacity. Does anyone have this setup, and does it work? The collector was carried over from a previous shop. The fine dust isn't so much of an issue as the unit is in a shed outside of our current shop.

Forum Responses
(Dust Collection and Safety Equipment Forum)
From contributor L:
If the unit is outside, then you don't even need the filter. Unless you are afraid the small amount of fine dust might ruin something nearby.

From contributor K:
I agree - toss the filter. I've been using an Oneida 3hp Pro and I exhaust it outside (through the roof) and get only a little very fine dust.

From contributor T:
I clean all my cyclone filter bags over the downdraft table, then I clean the downdraft filters with the cyclone. Absolutely no dust using this method. Maybe you should look into using filter bags instead of the cartridge. When a bag cakes up, you just knock it down. I would recommend using at least 100 sq. ft. of filter fabric. The more filter area, the better the dust capture. My 2 hp cyclone uses two large bags joined together and it hangs from the rafters, 14 long. Ceiling here is 18'. Custom bags are not expensive.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?

Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Dust Collection, Safety, Plant Management

  • KnowledgeBase: Dust Collection, Safety, Plant Management: General

    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.

    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2020 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article