Abrasive Blasting 101
Updated January 2022: Almost all problems with any abrasive blasting dust collector attached to an existing blasting cabinet are related to one of a few conditions being listed below. Most people buy these machines based on budget and not the machine’s application. This is a mistake. First, an abrasive blasting cabinet’s use can, and probably will, change over time due to an increase in production or simply finding more uses for the machine. Second, if you buy a machine based on cost, you are likely not matching your needs to the blast cabinet’s capabilities. This often results in a variety of issues, including dust collector problems, and ultimately it often negatively affects productivity.
ProTip: The most important part of any abrasive blasting machine is the dust collector. It needs to be matched to the application and gun size, and machine requirements can change as a machine’s use increases.
The dust storage capacity of any dust collector is very important. Filter cartridges store the most material before cleaning is required, but often operators are not using the cleaning cycle properly or enough.
ProTip: Always purchase the most advanced dust collector your budget will allow. You never can have “too much dust collector,” so it’s smart to pay attention to the blower cfm and dust collector filter surface area when you’re comparing machines.
Do your homework to see what kind of blasting cabinet and dust collector your application requires. The worst thing you can do is try to “make do” with a cheaper machine. More often than not, we see people waste thousands of dollars on the wrong-sized machine. When the machine fails, and it will, people have to spend even more money to get the machine they should have purchased the first time around. Many of the problems with blasting cabinets are created by getting a budget first, then finding a blasting cabinet that matches the budget. In reality, blasting cabinets should be purchased based on the application. If you’re not sure which machine is right for you, give us a call!