In this our second installment covering the installa- tion of a new dust collection system, we’ll talk about assembling the Oneida Dust Gorilla Pro collector. The process went smoothly, but, as with any major machine
installation, a little planning and strategic thinking help.
The collector was extremely well packed with expandable
foam protecting key parts of the motor and motor housing.
After first unpacking everything and comparing it to the
parts list in the instruction manual, I started to follow the
step-by-step instructions in the manual.
Most everything was clearly explained, although I made
suggestions to Oneida to improve the manual further with
common hardware identifications instead of or in addition to
their part numbers, and they are actually making immediate
changes to standardize hardware. But all the instructions for
this U.S.-made product were in clear English, so that made
life lots easier than some instruction manuals we’ve seen.
Watch the weight
Assembling a dust collector like this with a cyclone separator
and the motor mounted on top makes for a top-heavy affair,
especially with the robust nature of the Oneida build quality.
That’s fine, and Oneida warns you about that in the assembly
manual. The key strategy is to assemble the unit in stages,
mostly horizontal on the ground, then lift it up.
Following the instructions, we put the stand together first,
then the parts of the cyclone unit, applying the rubber gasket
material provided as indicated between sections of the unit.
It’s important to have an air-tight fit for best performance.
It’s also key to know the location of the unit in relation to
piping as you assemble to make sure inlets and outlets are
in the right locations. Once you put on the motor assembly,
you’ve got quite a bit of weight to lift, so plan for help and assemble close to the final location.
Assembling and installing the big HEPA filter takes a simi-
lar weight-balancing act, but planning and help go a long way
to make it successful.
Next up, we have to wire the collector and install the pip-
Assembling the dust collector
ing. In that installment, we’ll talk more about the capabilities
of the Oneida Dust Gorilla Pro system and how they relate to
shop size and equipment demands. ✚
by Will Sampson
firstname.lastname@example.org IN THE SHOP
Planning and weight management play key roles in putting together collector.
✚ William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker and the editor
of FDMC magazine.
Fully assembled and ready to be hooked up to piping and
electricity, the Oneida Dust Gorilla Pro is a heavy-duty unit.