This is a review of the Oneway dust hood which is available for the 2436 Oneway lathe. I will write about ordering, receiving, using and adjusting the Dust hood. The dust hood works great and using it has improved my woodturning experience.
I attended the AAW Symposium in Orlando the Summer of 2004 where Oneway displayed a new product. The dust hood for the model 2436 Oneway lathe. I have been concerned about the effects of sanding dust while woodturning for a while and this looked like a nice addition in my efforts to help mitigate some of that concern. After viewing the dust hood for two days I talked to Kim in the Oneway booth and placed an order. That was the end of July and I expected to wait a while before my order was delivered. In September I called Oneway to make sure my order hadn't slipped through the cracks. Kim indicated the order was on the books and I should get the dust hood when it was ready and safe to be shipped. The end of October saw the Dust hood at my door step in two boxes. I have contacted Oneway about this review and they have assured me that the delivery time is significantly less.
One box contained the rail and the other box contained the other components. I inspected the components and found then all to be in good shape. I read the instructions and found them to be clear though a bit brief. Putting the dust hood together isn't rocket science. Link to pictures of install In fact it is a simple process with 7 components. I was unsure about a couple of things when I had it all assembled and sent an e-mail to Oneway to clarify that the dust hood should require some effort to reposition. Indeed the dust hood was designed so that it wouldn't accidentally move.
There is some room for adjustment of the dust hood on the lathe. That adjustment will insure that the hood moves with deliberate force and that the bed of the dust hood doesn't get in the way of the banjo. After a little adjustment I was satisfied that everything was as it should be.
There is a large 5" hole in the back of the dust hood where a user supplied adaptor is attached for accepting the dust collector hose. I was a little surprised that Oneway didn't include an adaptor. I asked about that and Kevin told me that everyone wanted a different adaptor so they decided not to include an adaptor. I would have liked to have seen a similar hole in the bottom of the dust hood with a plate bolted over the hole. That way I could attach dust collection either to the back or to the bottom. More than half of my work is in dry wood, which could easily transit to the dust collector if the hole was in the bottom. I have no doubt that when working green wood the DC hose would quickly clog in this arrangement. Still it would be nice to have that option.
For the first month I stuck my 4" dust collector hose through the 5" opening in the back of the dust hood. I was surprised at how well the dust collector worked at pulling sanding dust into my DC. I could see a stream of dust pinning off the turning and making a turn into the hose of my DC. I was in the middle of Fall Craft Shows so finding an adaptor was put on hold. Then came time to make a few Christmas presents. It was early December before an adaptor was attached for the DC hose.
It dawned on me during that time that an adaptor is primarily round and "I can make round". So I glued up a couple of pieces of wood and made my own adaptor.
Years ago I had made an adaptor to fit the end of my DC hose so that I could use my shop vac hose. I wanted the adaptor I was making for the dust hood to accept that shop vac hose adaptor as well.
So besides having excellent dust collection for sanding dust I also have a port at my lathe that lets my vacuum up that which doesn't get shoveled into the shavings bin (trash can).
The Dust hood and my 1 HP Delta DC do a good job of collecting sanding dust from 120 grit and finer. Heavier sanding dust (60, 80 or 100 tends to fall on the lathe or dust hood base. I have noticed that even this heavier sanding dust tends to favor the dust hood if not actually being sucked up into the DC.
The articulating side doors make it easy to get the dust hood out of the way when using the tailstock or hollowing out a bowl. I can work on pieces large and small with the dust hood in place. The hood remains out of the way for anything that I can swing on the inboard side of the lathe.
I paid $372.03 for the Dust Hood delivered. I see the hood is now selling for $450. I recommend that anyone getting a Oneway 2436 lathe also get the dust hood. I recommend that anyone who owns a 2436 lathe and is concerned about mitigating sanding dust at the lathe order the dust hood.