Dust Collectors

Find answers to common questions regarding our cyclonic dust collection systems such as the Mini Gorilla, V-System, Dust Gorilla Pro, High Vacuum, and more!
What do I need to know about NFPA regulations?

Fire protection regulations are a complex and ever-changing set of rules that differ from facility to facility. Click the "read more" link to review our Best Practices for Dust Collection Fire Safety or contact us for more detailed assistance.

If they have the same horsepower, what's the difference between the 110V and 220V models?

In general, the 220V model will have lower running amperage than the 110V, which can be an advantage for operators using multiple tools on the same breaker. There is no difference in airflow performance between different voltage variations of the system. You should purchase the unit that best matches the power requirements of your shop.

Is this product compatible with Quick-Clamp Duct?

Yes but you will first need to install a Machine Adapter into the dust collector's inlet. These adapters are smaller on the raw end than traditional ducting so that they can slip into the ports on systems and tools i.e. a 5" Quick-Clamp Duct Machine Adapter will measure ~4.9" O.D. on the raw end.

What dust can be collected with your collector?

Oneida Air Systems' dust collectors are designed and tested for wood and wood dust. They can and have been be used effectively for various other dusts and chips such as drywall dust, paper dust, agricultural dust, metal chips and other forms of debris. The customer is however, cautioned that some common materials when cut, ground or processed by machinery may become very dangerous: highly toxic, flammable, or deflagrable and explosive and they should therefore ensure that you use your particular use of a dust collection system in accordance to national, state, local, NFPA, OSHA and all other applicable codes.

Can this be used for wet applications as well?

No. This system is designed for use collecting dry materials only.

How do I connect the Mini Gorilla to my tools?

The Mini-Gorilla's inlet measures as 5" on the outer diameter, making it ideal for accepting raw (uncrimped) ductwork fittings over the inlet such as reducers and quick-connects. Crimped ductwork will not usually fit into the inlet but can be done when necessary and secured in place with foil tape.Flex hose can also be pulled over the inlet but will generally be a tight fit. Heat (such as a hair dryer) can be gently applied to the molded inlet to make the resin more maleable and allow for easier hose fittings - exercise caution when heat-treating so as not to damage the system. OAS highly recommends our 5" Quick-Connect fitting (item #DQK050000) for making direct flex hose connections with the molded Mini Gorilla.

How is the Mini Gorilla filter cleaned? I don't see the typical hand crank.

The use of hand cranks that "beat" the filter can damage the filter's pleating material overtime, so our systems are not built with such systems. The filter on the Mini Gorilla dust collector is easily cleaned by blowing compressed air from the outside of the filter. This knocks the dust off of the pleats (which are coated with a non-stick, PFTE membrane) and the resulting fine dusts falls to the bottom of the filter. At the bottom of the filter is a 2.5" port. Simply open that port and the dust waste can be emptied into a bucket or connected to a shop vacuum for easy disposal. This can all be done without having to remove the filter from the system and helps maintain the filter's lifespan for years to come.