Here's a cautionary note for those of you out there who, like me, are using equipment you are not very familiar with....
I got an Oneida 3 HP cyclone a year and a half ago - love it. It really sucks, in a good way. I was always a little puzzled, though, that the huge canister filter hanging from it always looked lily white. I had emptied the trap at the bottom a few times and found a small amount of dust, but the filter just stayed as white as day one.
Well, I was doing some other maintenance in that area this morning and while I had things out of the way, I decided to take the filter off and give it a good inspection.
Wow The foam rubber filter inside the canister was caked. And the pleats in the filter were full.
So, per Oneida's instructions. I haul the thing outdoors and crank up the air hose. Talk about a dust storm. After working on it for about half an hour, I had a respectable small desert in the driveway. Tallest dune was about 3 inches.
So fellow newbies, clean that filter, and before you do, get a good mask and make sure there's plenty of hot water for the shower.
Sure wish I hadn't let it go so long.