Q. What is different about the Oneida Vac System? Why is it better than a standard bag system?
A. Bags systems are very dirty and clog quickly. After 10 minutes of sanding they restrict air flow that cleans the drum or belt leaving material on the floor and in the air.
Q. I have tried vacuum systems but they clog very quickly. How do you keep your system from clogging?
A. Oneida separates 99+ percent of the dust mechanically with a cyclone right at the tool and again at the dust container. These cyclones keep the dust from clogging the hi-efficiency filter cartridges. This results in clog free operation for several hours.
Q. Do you have real-world examples of your system in action and its effect on air quality?
A. Yes. We have done extensive testing with floor sanding professionals, and have comparisons of air quality between using our system, and using the traditional dust bag. You can see graphs that illustrate this by clicking here (PDF) . You can also see air quality tests comparing ambient dust levels (pre-sanding vs. during sanding) by clicking here (PDF).
Q. Why is Oneida vastly superior to the other dust containment systems on the market?
A. Oneida uses a patented technology that the other systems don't have. Oneida separates 99+ percent of the dust mechanically. It's not possible to move enough volume of air to clean a drum or belt sander through standard size vacuum hose with 110 or 220 volt power. The result is dust escapes to the air and floor. The Oneida system avoids this pitfall altogether by separating the dust from the air with an on- board hi -efficiency cyclone. The bulk of the air (80 %) goes one way and the dust with a small amount of air (20%) goes to an offsite dust container.
Q. Does the on board separator restrict your vision or un-balance the sander?
A. No! The cyclone weighs far less than a bag of dust and swivels right or left out of the way. Contractors report that they can get in tight places they couldn't get with a dust bag.
Q. How about edgers?
A. Same principle. We attach a small separator right to the edger.
Q. Does the separator get in the way?
A. Contractors report that it is far less cumbersome than the standard dust bag.
Q. What about buffers and palm sanders?
A. They need much less cleaning air than drum, belt, and disc sanders. They can be connected with hose straight to the Vac dust container.
Q. Where does the dust end up?
A. It is contained in a drum that is equipped with a plastic liner. The liner can be pulled out and tied off.
Q. How many tools can I run with the 110V system? How many Amps?
A. Two - a big sander and an edger or buffer. -- 12 amps @110V
Q. How many tools can I run with a 220V system? How many amps?
A. Three - any combination - 12 amps @220V
Q. How are the filters cleaned?
A. They have a built in crank operated cleaner, but they should also be blown down thoroughly with compressed air at the end of the job. This only takes a few minutes.
Q. What length of hose can be used and what diameters are they?
A.1 1/2 inch hose is used for the drum and belt sanders. 1 1/4 inch for the edgers and buffers. Up to 105 ft of hose length can be used. We use a combination of 35 or 70 ft sections that can be coupled together.
Q. If I work by myself can I use the 1 1/2 inch hose for everything?
A. Yes! All the fittings are 1 1/2 inch. No need to bring extra hose to the job.
Q. How much does the system weigh?
A.The pump is the heaviest component @ 50 lbs- 110V
Q. It looks like a lot of parts - do I have to bring a lot of parts to the job?
- The cyclones clamp or bolt to and stay on the sanders. You can easily remove them if need be, but most guys leave them on
- Then there is a pump unit and dust barrel, both on wheels.
- The flex hose coils nicely in the barrel.