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Two-man Custom Woodworking Shop Finds Game-changer Dust Collection


September 29, 2022 | Press Release

Victor M. Woodworking is a two-man, custom woodworking shop in Orange County, NY. The shop produces about 150 made-to-order furniture pieces a year, mostly from black walnut. Their customer base is a blend of general consumers, commercial operations, and institutions, such as the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Equipment at the shop includes Oliver 12″ Parallelogram Jointer, Jet 24″ Helical Head Planer, SawStop Router Table, Powermatic 24″ Bandsaw, Grizzly 14″ Deluxe Bandsaw, SawStop 3HP 10″ Cabinet Saw, Delta 3HP Spindle Shaper, Oliver 5HP Spindle Shaper, and Powermatic Belt/Disc Sander

The Challenge
Victor M., the owner, was searching for an alternative to his 1 horsepower, single stage dust collector, which was so inadequate for his needs that he was forced to do all millwork outside of the 30′ x 70′ pole barn that serves as his workshop. This arrangement involved putting all of his equipment on mobile carts and was the only way he could avoid the fine dust that would settle everywhere inside, destroying the finish on his custom pieces.

The Solution
Everything changed once he came across the Supercell dust collector by Oneida Air Systems, an IWF 2022 exhibitor. The system offered high static pressure (inches of water column) and air movement (CFM) for woodworking tools with 1″ to 5″ diameter ports. It seemed like the perfect fit for Victor’s small shop; and better yet, would allow him the flexibility to upgrade to commercial equipment. He decided to purchase the Supercell 55-gallon (XSK000055).

The Results
“The Supercell was a game changer for me,” says Victor M., who noticed an immediate improvement in shop air quality after installation. And unlike his previous setup, there was virtually no sawdust and debris to clean from his machinery or floor. This meant the shop’s millwork could be brought back inside, allowing for a much more comfortable working environment, especially in winter months. On busy days they fill the 55-gallon drum about eight times, which is equivalent to nearly half a ton of sawdust. “Before we got the Supercell, that sawdust would have been all over the shop floor,” says Victor M.

With a more powerful dust collector, the shop could upgrade some of its tools to commercial grade, allowing them to create larger custom pieces and process materials at a faster pace.

Back before he migrated to working outdoors, with his previous dust collector, Victor M. spent about 30 minutes every day—about 2.5 hours per week—cleaning dust and debris off his equipment and the floor of his shop. “Using the Supercell, I barely have any cleaning to do in the shop. There is very little, if any, wood dust on the floor or in the air,” says Victor M. As a result, his shop has reduced time spent on cleaning and maintenance by approximately 130 man-hours per year.

“The Supercell dust collector exceeded my expectations,” says Victor M. “We use it every day in the shop.”


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