Media Blast Product Spotlights
Many people can benefit from a sand blasting cabinet, also known as a Mediablaster®, in a home-based shop. These machines are incredibly handy for all kinds of applications including restoring classic cars, etching glass, and rebuilding a motor. A blasting cabinet is truly an all-in-one tool when it comes to rebuilding because it removes all the years of surface coatings to preparing for new paint or powder coating, and it can also simply clean, polish, and seal metal surfaces to restore the original look using Wet or Dry Cabinets.
Choosing the right cabinet is more than deciding how much you want to pay and cross checking the cost of blasters online. In fact, buying on price alone is an almost guaranteed way to be disappointed. Below you will see the four key tips that can help you buy the right sand blasting cabinet for your application.
ProTip: Frictional heat differs even when you keep the blasting pressure the same. Doubling the cfm used will really increase the frictional heat just like pushing down on electrical sanders’ sand faster, so will using more blasting cfm volume at the same blasting pressure. For more information about compressed air, check out our Compressed Air: 101 blog.
Most of the machines you will find online today will be cabinets being sold by Tool Houses. Tool Houses know the selling price for the machine but very little about blasting applications. Asking questions like, what is the DDC, Daily Duty Cycle of the equipment can set you up to silence when shopping using these retailers. If you plan on using the machine all day, buy a machine that can operate at least at a 50% DDC. This will have a separator reclaimer, self-cleaning dust collector with a large cabinet cfm blower to produce visibility, and lots of dust collector filter area to hold enough dust to allow the unit to operate at least 2 hours before dust collector cleaning is required.