Abrasive Blasting 101
Updated January 2022: Piston air compressors are often used with abrasive blast cabinets because they are efficient and cost effective. Available for purchase at many “Big Box” stores, there are a few tips and tricks that you should know before purchasing any piston air compressor.
Pro Tip: Buying a smaller abrasive blasting cabinet for any home garage normally means you have a smaller dust collector or smaller dust collector design on the machine. Buying a gun size smaller than you can operate with the air compressor you have available can mean taking 3 times longer to abrasive blast the parts clean. Combining these two things can result in running a smaller less expensive abrasive blasting cabinet 3 times longer and exceeding the limits of the dust collector supplied with the blasting cabinet. With 220-volt single-phase power you can buy a piston compressor that pumps 27 cfm @ 175 psi but it does cost more!
Compressed air can be confusing so this is what we suggest:
Pro Tip: One air compressor is not right for everyone but you can buy a good 16 cfm air compressor for $600 with a cast iron pump or one that is less desirable for $1000 depending on how much homework you do ahead of time.
Media Blast manufactures 170 different blasting cabinets models, Wet, Dry, Siphon, Gravity Feed and Direct Pressure, Light Duty, R&D and Production with special blasting cabinets for Steel Shot, Plastic and Soda blasting. We have a complete line of smaller micro units for special low frictional heat. We want to help you buy the right machine the first time!