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Old 11-16-2006, 02:37 PM
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In another thread, I'm looking for a recommendation on a welder. I'm also looking for one on a sandblaster. I have a cabinet and I'd like to get a regular pressurized tank type. I see a couple of inexpensive ones at Harbor Freight for $80 and $130. I'd like to get one for $300 or less. (I have a good compressor and air lines). Thanks.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:57 PM
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I have had no problems with my miller.
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:32 PM
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In another thread, I'm looking for a recommendation on a welder. I'm also looking for one on a sandblaster. I have a cabinet and I'd like to get a regular pressurized tank type. I see a couple of inexpensive ones at Harbor Freight for $80 and $130. I'd like to get one for $300 or less. (I have a good compressor and air lines). Thanks.
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If you're doing large parts outdoors - you'll burn through media pretty fast.

if your're doing large parts inside you need to have some type of a fresh air supply respirator ($$).

Either way you'll have the mess to contend with unless you have a seperate dedicated room then you're back to needing fresh air supply.

Seriously - what kind of work are you thinking of doing? I've found its easier and more cost effective to just drop my parts off at the media blasters and pick them up in a couple of days stripped and ready to go.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:16 AM
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Seriously - what kind of work are you thinking of doing? I've found its easier and more cost effective to just drop my parts off at the media blasters and pick them up in a couple of days stripped and ready to go.
Rambo, the cabinet is a good one with a vacuum attached. It's right next to the garage door so I don't think dust will be a problem. (I have the air lines all set up and am waiting for the cabinet to arrive next week). For the larger parts, I intend to construct a temp booth outside whenever I want to blast large parts. As far as what I'm doing, I have a couple of old pickups that I am fixing up and I am always on the lookout for good cars. Just like screwing around with anything automotive. I am sure you are correct that taking the parts to have them blasted would be easier and more economical but - not near as much fun! Thanks.
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jor, HF has some decent blasters for the money and in fact they have one pressure blaster on sale for half price now. What kind of media do you plan to use? Are you an experienced blaster? A few words of caution here in case you are new to blasting, silica sand will KILL you if you are not extremely careful with it! A good respirator is absolutely mandatory and must be used anytime you are making dust with sand including when you sift it to remove gravel and lumps. Also, as has been discussed in detail in the body section, you can totally destroy body parts with sand because flat panels such as hoods and doors will warp beyond repair if you use sand on them, Black beauty or other specialized media is a lot safer. You very well may know all this already but I thought it may be a good idea to mention it anyway, I wish I had been warned some years ago before I DESTROYED the trunk lid and drivers door on my 64 1/2 Mustang
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Rambo, the cabinet is a good one with a vacuum attached. It's right next to the garage door so I don't think dust will be a problem. (I have the air lines all set up and am waiting for the cabinet to arrive next week). For the larger parts, I intend to construct a temp booth outside whenever I want to blast large parts. As far as what I'm doing, I have a couple of old pickups that I am fixing up and I am always on the lookout for good cars. Just like screwing around with anything automotive. I am sure you are correct that taking the parts to have them blasted would be easier and more economical but - not near as much fun! Thanks.
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As oldred states and I pointed out before, you'll need a good respirator system no matter what media you use - if it's not a full face then you need a full face sheild.

The biggest problem you'll run into is that since you won't have a controlled, heated environment to blast in - if your media gets the least little bit of moisture in it - it will clump up and plug the pressurized blaster.

I bought one from HF with the same intentions, why pay someone when its so "fun" to do it yourself? Well after about 15 minutes in my temp booth my HF blaster quit working because of this problem.

That's when I said "screw this" and started taking the parts to be stripped. Now the "fun" really starts when the parts are clean and ready to go...
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I'm hoping to avoid the dreaded clogging. First of all, I live in Arizona so ambient humidity isn't usually an issue. Secondly, I plumbed my garage with 1/2" black iron according to the recommendation on the TPTools site with a six inch riser for each drop and a drain valve on each drop. I'm also installing a regulator/seperator about 40' from the compressor. If theory and fact converge, my compressor should produce moist air, the moisture should turn into water and the water should show up in my drains and seperator. Anyhow, I should have this thing up and running in a week or so (famous words!) and I'll post how it goes.
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OldRed, what model does HF have on sale for half price? I don't see it on their site. Thanks.
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jor, I saw it in one of the e-mail coupon offers recently but I can't seem to find it now. This is one of those items that seems to come on sale very often so it probably will pop up again in a few days.
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