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Old 11-14-2009, 10:02 PM   #1
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sand blasting?

been thinking about getting me one of the 50lb blasters from Sears, but no real sure. Was wondering what everybody is useing?
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I have a small HF (HarborFreight) sand blasting cabinet,

it works OK. It's only good for small parts, about the biggest thing that I have fit inside is a SBC pil pan. I like it for what it is, I think I got it on sale for like $100.


I also have a HF pressure pot.

So far, it has been a piece of crap. It constatly stops up in the hose/valves/nozzle and it wastes a LOT of sand. I have even tried very fine media and sifting the sand, but it still plugs up. The outside of the rubber hose is already weather cracking (it is stored inside, under my work bench). I think I gave $80-100 for it.

I have had 50/50 luck with HF. Some stuff turns out great, and some stuff is complete junk. I will say that some of the stuff Sears sells is identical to HF.
Those little Centech multi-meters that HF sells for 2.99 are exactly the same as ones found at Sears for 10.99, only the sticker labels are different. DeVilbiss air tools are identical to Central Pneumatic. So I never really buy anything from Sears.
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im going to run by HF and northern tool tomorrow and see what all they got.
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Building my own.





Not finished yet, but i got the gloves, gun, and plexiglass. Just need to finish it up.
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Not finished yet, but i got the gloves, gun, and plexiglass. Just need to finish it up.
Start a tech article about the build on this one please.
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Start a tech article about the build on this one please.


x2, that looks good
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It will be a while before I'm done. Need to decide how to hold the gloves in place and also get the little stuff together.

But so far I only got $30 in it since i used stuff I had around the house.
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Plexiglass won't last long, you'll be lucky to get 1 hour out of it. Even with protective film, it will still pit.

You need real glass, it is a lot more durable. And you still have to use protective film on the inside.

While you are building it, put a good light inside of it. Two 100w bulbs would be good. You also need a way to circulate air (I use a shop vac, mine has a hole for it on the side, and a intake vent on the back), otherwise it eventually just turns into a dust cloud inside the chamber.

You might also want a ground strap to the gun. I don't have one, but I don't mind getting schocked.

I wish mine were bigger, but I barely have room for the one I got.
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It will be a while before I'm done. Need to decide how to hold the gloves in place and also get the little stuff together.

But so far I only got $30 in it since i used stuff I had around the house.

Go to tptools.com and they have ALL of the parts to make a build your own blast cabinet.

Glass, hoses, gun, gloves, rings to hold thee gloves....etc.

I also have a a burnt cabinet from my garage fire that I will let go REAL cheap. It is a good cabinet, just burnt. It needs everything to work, just a bar cabinet, BUT I have the gun and the expanded metal grate.

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Old 11-17-2009, 07:31 PM   #11
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i went by northern tool yesterday and found one that i like. i dont want the cabinet so i can take it outside and do my axles, frame or anything of that nature.
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I bought the big canister from Tractor Supply and have been very pleased with it. I've tired the cheaper sand in the bags from TC and it clogs very easy. I stick to the containers 60 or 80 grit and it works like a charm. I'd like to have a cabinet for the smaller parts.
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Everyone that I have ever talked to about the canister type has said that they suck!

I would love to find one that works, but the northern one that I have is a piece of sh!t.

My cabinet rocks!
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Plexiglass won't last long, you'll be lucky to get 1 hour out of it. Even with protective film, it will still pit.

You need real glass, it is a lot more durable. And you still have to use protective film on the inside.


real glass won't last any longer then plexiglass. since I get plexiglass free it's the better deal for me.

Also for protection I'm ordering these up,

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I had a great webpage that talked about fixing the HF tank style blasters. I can;t find the damn thing. I have the blasting cabinet and love it. My tank clogs alot and is a pain. I have used a cheapo gun stuck in a 5 gallon buckets of sifted playsand and it works great. Here is a cool vid of a design. I love the nozzle Idea

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the only bad thing about a cabinet is i can fit a axle or frame in it..
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Thats is exactly why I bought the tank. It just does not work. I am still looking for that write up.
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The 40# unit 34202 seems to be crap.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=34202

The 90# and 110# get you "better" hardware:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95014
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93889

On all of them I would toss the filter/regulator into the trash.

The deal is you need super dry, clean air. Refrigerated dryers are the best option, but there are homebrew copper air coils out there.

HF - Refrigerated Air Dryer
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=40211

Good clean media is the second requirement - not just playground sand. Sifted sand may work, but all the extra effort when you can get blast media from most rental stores for a little more.

I think I will try the HF 90# unit - seems to be a good mix of size (for storage and media use). I cant justify spending 1K on something I may only use once or twice.

Northern Tool Offerings:
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