Oneida Super Cell
I heard about this on ShopTalkLive. Took a look at it, but still “digesting” the concept is very new. It has 3 motor/blowers that add up to 5HP, and the principle seems to be focused on pressure, not CFM, IOW a shop vac on steroids. It uses 4″ ducting.
If anyone is actually using this that is great, otherwise I’d be interested in comments from those “in the know.”
I have had one for about a year now, and it does a great job. I went with the supercell over a traditional collector because of the way my shop is arranged it was all I could fit. I have a small shop and it sits in a crawlspace area that is 5' tall. It certainly moves a lot more air than the old bag style collectors I had at my old shop. It does a really good job on my 12" jointer and planer, also does an awesome job on the router table.
I don't have any sort of overhead collection on my tablesaw, so it only does an ok job hooked up to the cabinet. I haven't used it on a bandsaw as my bandsaw has been on back order almost a year.
Another thing I like is it performs very well with flex duct, 25' seems to be no problem. I can't really have permanent ducting in my shop, so using flex duct and going to each machine is how I use it.
My understanding from my research is has sweet spot for tools that typical dust collection systems don't handle so well, Router Tables, Miter Saws, Sanders, portable tools, tools that need higher Static Pressure vs. High CFM. Tools like tablesaws and 12" planers and Jointers it will perform on par with must 2hp 2 stage collectors but larger planers and jointers, shapers and other industrial sized tools are best served by larger 3hp+ multistage collectors with 6-8" ductwork.
In summary in is ideal for the serious hobbyist or small shop pro where only its cost is a deterrent
ive had a super cell for about a year, it is connected to a 16in planer/jointer (a3-41) and it collects 100% of the dust from that machine. super cell also connected to other usual suspects (ss-ics, large bandsaw, etc) and works well on all those too. also, i took the ad copy literally and connected all via 4 in flex duct, approx 90 ft total, and it works shockingly well. all blast gates are ivac, a total of 8 in the system. so, other than price, i am very pleased with all aspects of this unit.
That's actually good to hear. Even after talking to Onieda they didn't make it sound like it would be the best choice for some of my larger machines. I may have to rethink this but I still have an electrical issue that would require a new panel before I can add another 240V line. So it is even more expensive for me.
The supercell is a fabulous solution for a basement shop with a low ceiling and ones that are broken up into different sections. It does a great job of clearing chips from planers, jointers, drum sanders and acceptable table saw work. The flex hose is super convenient. Most of the modular ductwork is easy to assemble. It looks like they solved the problem with the T-blast gates they were manufacturing that never fit right together.
The limitations to note include a remote that seems to require a line-of-sight to work consistently. It generates a fair amount of heat which is nice in the winter but not the summer. Under no circumstances buy the 14 galloon drum if you have a planer. Their bags a very expensive and fill too quickly. Lastly it is very cumbersome to check and clean the filter, so be careful about overfilling the bag. The Dust Sentry detector really doesn't work well so I find I am dropping the container frequently to check the level.
Great solution for my shop, but not every shop. I also still use my Festool CT dust extractors for all of my portable tools