Tool Review: Oneida’s Super Cell Dust Collector
Rollie Johnson calls Oneida's new offering, "A boss of a dust collector."
I recently replaced my dust-collection system with Oneida’s new Supercell high-pressure system, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Three motors, for a total of about 5 hp, spin at nearly router speed to create an airflow of 465 cfm. The high-velocity air moving through 4-in. ducting easily captures and transports shop shavings and, more importantly, fine dust.
Oneida states that it’s necessary to use vacuum pressure-rated flex hose and ducting with the system to avoid collapsing parts with the high suction, which I did. I ran two router tables with open blast gates and had amazing chip collection from both simultaneously, with no need to close a gate on the smaller stuff. My 15-in. planer, with a segmented cutterhead, sits at the far reach of my duct system, requiring 26 ft. of pipe with several 90° large-radius sweeps along the way. I was able to plane maximum depth (more than 1⁄16 in.) on a 10-in.-wide board with virtually no shavings or dust escaping the jet stream.
The HEPA filtration is rated at 99.97% efficiency (0.3 micron). The cyclone has a lever-actuated reverse-flow option that cleans the internal filter by blasting air through it, keeping the filter at its peak efficiency. No need to pull the hood to access the filter for cleaning—another great dust, and hassle, reducer.
The collector works excellently for the small-shop professional or hobbyist. Its support bracket lets you mount the unit on a wall, and its small footprint makes it easy to use what could otherwise be unproductive space. The collector can be configured with 14-, 35-, or 55-gal. dust bins.
The system comes with Oneida’s Dust Sentry, a light that flashes when the bin is full. A quick-release tube can be installed with the dust bin to equalize internal pressure in the collection bin when using liner bags.
Self-cleaning. The cyclone has a lever-actuated reverse-flow option that cleans the internal filter by blasting air through it, keeping the filter at its peak efficiency.
Quiet shop companion. Despite requiring 230-volt power and acting like three shop vacs under one hood, the Oneida unit has a low decibel level.
—Roland Johnson is a contributing editor.
Photos: Roland Johnson
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