Abrasive Blasting 101
Media Blast manufactures both Tumble Baskets and Tumble Barrels, but how do you know which is right for your needs? First let’s explore the difference in each product, and then we’ll boil down your decision to three main factors.
Media Blast Tumble Barrels are offered as an add-on option for any machine model – wet or dry – with internal or external separator reclaimer. They work with all abrasive types and sizes. This allows users to select a machine model based on duty cycle for applications beyond just those requiring tumble barrels. The Barrel models offer optional manual blasting station. Some of our Tumble Barrels include upgraded dust collectors with automatic cleaning cycles that are included at one additional cost.
All TB-5 Tumble Basket Machines are complete units. They do not offer a manually operated blast station or upgraded dust collector, so they are truly a specialty, single function machine.
Pro Tip: You can use smaller part loads in Tumble Baskets allowing the smaller basket loads to protect the basket from the blast due to its simple shape. Baskets are normally removed from the machine to empty and this can limit the load capacity an operator can handle.
Application information about the part size and batch volume will determine whether a basket or a barrel machine is best for your needs.
Tumble Barrel machines can be equipped to function as a multifunctional blasting cabinet; this is not possible with a Tumble Basket machine.
Not all parts process at the same part rotation speed, when choosing any tumble blasting cabinet look for variable speed drive and not constant speed drive. Variable Speed will save the added cost many times over based on saved labor time and higher production volumes created by just the right processing speed!