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Old 02-09-2008, 10:40 AM
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Which kind and where to get sand for my sand blaster

Hey Guys,

I need a little help. I have the abrasive blaster that I listed below but does not work well with Home Depot play sand. It's constantly getting clogged no matter what nozzle I use.

I need finer sand, can you please tell me what kind of sand I should be using and where can I get it? Thanks again for your help.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...unction=Search

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There are two places where I live that sell sand blasting sand and media. One is the welding supply store and the other place is the concrete plant. The sand that I use the most is a black sand.
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sandblasting sand

i have always bought landscaping sand by the pickup load and screened it befor using it. .. always use a dust collector or shop vac and a dust mask... sand dust can cause minners lung disease
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I buy glass-bead and aluminum oxide at Harbor Freight.
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i have always bought landscaping sand by the pickup load and screened it befor using it. .. always use a dust collector or shop vac and a dust mask... sand dust can cause minners lung disease

That's saying it MUCH too mildly! A dust mask is NOT good enough, not by a long shot! The problem with play sand and landscaping/mortar sand is the free silica which WILL cause Silicosis, (miner's disease, black lung) not CAN cause it! Even one time of heavy exposure can do serious damage and even a light exposure will do some damage. It is cumulative so EVERY time you get exposure, no mater how small, it will do permanent damage and it does not take a lot to put you in a world of hurt. I have sat through those safety training films and seeing just how bad this stuff is it makes me wonder how anyone can safely use it at all, far better to use the purpose blast media that does not contain Silica such as Black Beauty, etc. Sand is not normally that much of a problem but when you put it in that blaster the Silica will be released and it becomes dangerous indeed, if anyone thinks I am over doing the dangers here then do a little research because it is that bad!

To quote one professional blaster "Sand Kills!" it is as simple as that.
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Heres the stuff, about $7 a hundred lbs, but I won't even open the bag without supplied air, for bead or sandblasting, supplied air until everything is done including clean up and blowing the parts off.

Been using this stuff for a long time, its probably the cheapest and it will get it done.

The fourth picture down on this page

http://www.1969supersport.com/sandblst.html

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I buy glass-bead and aluminum oxide at Harbor Freight.
Northern Tool sells it too. I buy at Northern because it's closer to home.
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Ok guys you have convinced me and I'm going to purchase the blasting cabinet below. What type of media can I use in it and where is the best place to purchase the media. I have a 20% off coupon from a friend and it's on sale locally so I should be able to pick it up for about $150.00. Not a bad deal.

Just wondering what is better glass-bead, aluminum oxide, wal-nut shells?

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Dave

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