DAGS and noticed a few folks were buying the Woodsucker cyclone, but most
didn't have them hooked up yet, and didn't see any subsequent current
Anybody got any recent feedback on this cyclone? I got e-mail from Larry
this morning saying their phone would be down until late Friday ,,, I am
really considering going with one over the Oneida as soon as possible.
I just put it in, and am writing a review for our club newsletter at the Long
Island Woodworkers Club (liwoodworkers.org).
It's heavy,a nd will do a great job, no question about it. It's also incredibly
loud. My system is really a hybrid, since I went with Oneida ductwork.
You cannot install it yourself, you need a helper. Also, you need a muffler.
Larry recommended 10 feet of insulated AC duct. I have it, and am considering
getting an Oneida muffler as well. However, it sucks up a huge amount of air,
and operates very well. I am also glad I installed it outside. For the first
time, I am sure to have a clean shop.
Well, I managed to install mine myself about a year ago but I agree you
shouldn't go it alone. The hardest part was raising the cyclone body
up and bolting it to the impeller housing. That thing weighs a ton.
I ended up using a car jack - kind of balancing it with one hand and
pumping up the jack with another. Quite a precarious operation. It
could have gone really wrong, with a dented cyclone on the floor and
a weeping woodworker cowering in the corner.
I agree with the rest of your assessment. Does a great job but is
extremely loud. Since I do a lot of hand work I only turn it on
when I'm running a machine and I'm sure to wear ear muffs. If I
did more machine work and wanted to leave it running I'd definately
fabricate some kind of muffler.
I couldn't remember the performance numbers off the top of my head so I
just went down and checked. I'm getting 750 CFM at my tablesaw. Don't
know what static pressure that's at because I couldn't find my 0-8"
Magnehelic in my incredibly messy shop. That run is about 20' of 6" pipe
with two 90's, four 45's, a blast gate, and a couple of those really
inefficient adjustable elbows. That's quite a lot better than my old
2hp so-called 1200 CFM import DC which was getting 450 CFM on the same
run when the bags were squeaky clean (about 250 CFM when they got dirty).
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A hybrid of both. The housing will rust easily,a nd the drum is fibre
(glorified cardboard if you think of it).
I have the right hand version, which allows the housing to turn 180 degrees,
which puts the input duct through the wall.
Unfortunately I have to immediately do a 90 degree bend (using two elbows)
which cuts efficiency down a bit, but then have all 6" duct, with the router
table, tablesaw fence and floor sweep going from there with minimal flex hose,
and the bottom of the tablesaw, the bandsaw and jointer with one more large
From what I've read, it is really best to have at least 24" of straight run
into the cyclone, but I could not do that. The suction is still enormous.
It would appear that Oneida has Woodsucker on it's
"compare" list .... The prices are "very" close but
who's hype does one believe ????
I'm very interested in a cyclone myself and the info
appears to be complex and conflicting...
Who do you believe ???
I certainly can't prove it, as my feeling is based solely on what I've been
able to glean in reading (some between the lines), but the Woodsucker may be
a tad better performance wise. ... thus the question in my original post.
I also like the fact that, although Woodsucker's operation is smaller, it is
currently expanding due to demand for their product, so they must be doing
I suspect that either will do the job and are likely fairly close for the
money ... just like it won't make a whole lot of difference to your
projects whether you make your cuts on a Jet or a Unisaw.
Like you, I am attempting to get as much firsthand info factored in as I can
before I spring ... that's what the wRec is so good at. Hopefully we can
both benefit if any one else wants to chime in at this point. :)
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