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Offline Max Fracas

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Oneida Mini Dust Gorilla and Hammer A3/41
« on: December 29, 2018, 04:05 PM »
I’m looking to upgrade my old 1 HP Jet DC650 dust collector because it can’t keep up with my Hammer A3/41 jointer-planer.  I also want to avoid the start-up puff of dust I always get from the DC650’s 1 micron bag.

Right now I’m considering either the Oneida Mini Dust Gorilla or Oneida V-3000.  I’d like to go with the smaller (and cheaper) unit and avoid installing the ducting I think the V-3000 would lead to.  I’m willing to accept the inconvenience of moving a hose from machine to machine.  My concern is whether the MDG would be adequate when connected to the A3/41.  Anyone have any experience with the Mini Dust Gorilla attached to an A3?

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Offline Tom Gensmer

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Re: Oneida Mini Dust Gorilla and Hammer A3/41
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2018, 07:41 PM »
My memory is that Fine Woodworking hooked the MDG to a 16” jointer and it kept up fine.

I own the Mini Dust Gorilla and appreciate it for its size, toughness, and is relatively quiet. Bags are relatively inexpensive (I think ~$0.80/bag). I have mine hooked up to an iVac remove and am happy with the setup, will eventually set up a dust sentry to alert me when the bin is full (I’ve filled up into the cyclone once or twice).
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Offline jarbroen

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Re: Oneida Mini Dust Gorilla and Hammer A3/41
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 10:23 AM »
I have the Mini Gorilla and am somewhat satisfied with it.  The somewhat isn't a fault of the collector, more of a result of my expectations.
I picked it over the other mobile dc's due to the high quality motor, filtration and cyclone design.  I think the Oneida comes out on top in that range.
That being said, it still has a good sized foot print with the wheels.  It's not as easily tucked away between tools as one might expect.
I also realized that doing a shuffle when I need to use it means I don't always use it.  I have it stuck in the front corner of my garage shop because it is too bulky to be along the wall with other tools.  Means a lot of shuffling if I want to use it with my bandsaw or planer.

Going from a Jet 1HP to the MDG you might see an increase in performance.  However, you might be happier making the bigger jump to the v-3000.
In hindsight, I wish I'd spent the extra money and got the V-3000.  I'm pretty sure they can be mounted to the wall to save space.  And ducting can be simplified depending on tool location.

p.s. like Tom mentioned, it's easy to overfill the bin.  The window is pretty much useless because of static.  And it's kind of a pain to drop the bin and reconnect it to check.

Offline Max Fracas

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Re: Oneida Mini Dust Gorilla and Hammer A3/41
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 11:23 AM »
Thanks for the feedback, @jarbroen and Tom.  I’m going with the V-3000.  More power and I like the larger drum and the “dust sentry” feature.   

Offline RKA

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Re: Oneida Mini Dust Gorilla and Hammer A3/41
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2019, 12:24 PM »
Does anyone know what the story is with Oneida's pricing?  I thought I recall last year the V3000 was around $1900, now I see it's $2500.  Were they somehow affected by the tariffs or was this just a [huge] price increase?