Frequently Asked Questions

Oneida Vortex™ Dust Containment Systems

Q.What's wrong with using a standard bag system?

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.What makes Oneida Air Vac Systems superior to other dust containment systems?

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 off-site dust container.

Q.I've tried vacuum systems before but they seem to clog very quickly…How do you keep your system from clogging?

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?

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 more illustrative data in the pdf files listed below.


Q.How are the filters cleaned?

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.Where does the dust end up?

It is contained in a drum that is equipped with a plastic liner. The liner can be pulled out and tied off.

Use of the system in the Workplace

Q.Does the on-board separator restrict your vision or unbalance the sander in any way?

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.What about edgers?

Same principle. We attach a small separator right to the edger.

Q.What about buffers and palm sanders?

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.How many tools can I run with the 110V system? How many Amps?

You can use two tools (e.g. a big sander and an edger or buffer) with the 110V system at 12 amps

Q.How many tools can I run with a 220V system? How many amps?

You can use three tools (of any combination) with the 220V system at 12 amps

Q.What length of hose can be used and what diameters are they?

1½ inch hose is used for the drum and belt sanders. 1¼ 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 1½ inch hose for everything?

Yes! All the fittings are 1½ inch. No need to bring extra hose to the job.

Q.How much does the system weigh?

The pump is the heaviest component at 50 lbs (for the 110V system)

Q.It looks like a lot of parts - do I have to bring a lot of parts to the job?

No! The cyclones clamp or bolt onto the sanders. You can easily remove them if need be, but most guys leave them on for convenience. Next is the pump unit and dust barrel which are both on wheels for mobility. The flex hose coils nicely in the barrel.