I did a lot of research before buying a Jet. The only reason I did was the
height factor in a basement. The cyclone would not fit but that is what I
really wanted. It is the best of the best. Oneida people are really nice and
will answer all your questions. They will even help you design your system.
If you want the best go for the Oneida.
I live about 10 miles away from where they're made (and 15 miles away from
Stickley too...) and although I would like to have one, I lack the height in
my shop to install one for now. When I visited them, as another has already
said, they will be glad to help you design a system (no charge) and answer
all your questions. If you think they're just trying to sell you the
expensive spread - you would be wrong - they only sell one level of quality
but a number of different solutions.
They get great reviews because they have a good product and so far have made
them better than the competitions models from what I've read. You can save
money or save your health - or get a different hobby, like needlepoint
I have the 3HP system, and its great. The only problem I've had is that if
I get careless with one of the open ended hoses, it will suck up anything -
small tools, random chunks of wood, etc. Worst I had was while vacuuming of
the bandsaw after a big resaw project, it picked up the metal insert in the
table and sucked it away. I didn't bother trying to find it, I just went out
and got a cheapo replacement, but man, that thing sucks....
On Wed, 09 Nov 2005 15:44:32 -0600, Frank Boettcher
Thanks Gentlemen for the responses. Confirms what I've been able to
Fortunately, this is for the next shop and I will have some control
over the ceiling height, possibly a separate dust collection closet
with an exterior door for removal of drums. It is a lot easier to
start from scratch. My current shop could not handle a cyclone
either. Too small, no headroom.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina has caused the next shop to be off
schedule a bit. Plan was to move to Biloxi where family ties are and
build much smaller house, much larger shop. Maybe a new plan?
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