Ifelt so accomplished when I fi- nally assembled the new Oneida Air Systems Dust Gorilla Pro collector, wired it and fired it
up. What a rewarding sound hearing
the relatively quiet but powerful hum
of the impeller and feeling the whoosh
of the intake! But it still wasn’t connected to any machines. Little did I know
that the fun was just beginning.
From wires to pipes
I’m not an electrician, but I’ve
successfully wired my entire house,
so I wasn’t really concerned about the
hookup for the collector. The 5hp, 240-
volt unit takes a 30-amp breaker and
10-gauge wiring, similar to an electric
water heater or my air compressor.
I tested the unit with both its hard-wired switch and the handy remote,
and all worked flawlessly. It will be
great to be able to use the remote to
turn the system on and off from anywhere in the shop. On to the piping.
Best laid plans…
I worked with Oneida using the same
order forms and procedures any cus-
tomer would use. I told them about my
machinery, drew a scale drawing of the
shop and machine locations on graph
paper, and talked with their technician
over the phone. The result was a set
of beautiful CAD drawings showing
exactly the ducting required, including
all the connectors, blast gates, adaptors
and hose configurations. It was great!
Even for my small shop, the shear
amount of piping and connectors
required was daunting. I laid everything out in sorted groups across four
workbenches, with nested pipes stacked
on the floor. It was a little overwhelm-ing. Working from the collector out to
the machines, I immediately realized
I wanted to make some changes to the
pipe layout. The engineer’s plan was
excellent, but I realized I could take
advantage of some beams and posts in
my shop to streamline the layout further, use less pipe and put connections
closer to machines and collector.
It was especially easy to make the
changes because the Oneida Gorilla Duct has great adjustability. Most
pieces snap together with spring-clamp connectors. Long pieces fit into
adjustable nipples to offer lots of sizing
options. The heavy-duty Gorilla Duct is
not light, so lifting it into place in the
takes some logistics. I really like the
cable supports Oneida sent to suspend
the ducting from beams and joists.
All of that makes assembly fast and
easy. The worst part had nothing to do
with the system: It was crawling under
machines to wrestle hose connections.
Once hooked up, I tested the system.
What a joy to see the sawdust fly off
blades and cutters right into the dust
collection system. I still have some work
to do for final connections, but I’m
more than pleased at the results so far.
Thanks again to Oneida for working
Plenty of pipes
with me on this project. To learn more
about their dust collection systems and
products, visit www.oneida-air.com. ;
by Will Sampson
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Part 3: Installing ducting for a dust collection system is a lesson in aerial plumbing.
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William Sampson is a lifelong
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The Oneida Air Systems Gorilla Duct
uses spring clamp connections and
special adjustable fittings that make
assembly fast and easy.