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Old 07-27-2006, 07:38 AM
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Sand blasting cabinet Question

I have a sand blasting cabinet that I bought from a buddy with no manual.
I can assume that I need some sort of evac system for the dust the builds in the cabinet. I tried using a shop vac but that will drive me nuts with all the noise it makes. As you can see in the picture that the dust ends up outside the cabinet and builds up on the floor and everything around the cabinet. What can I use to stop this without using a shop vac.

Should I be wearing a mask while using this cabinet? I still get some dust when I open the door to remove parts.



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Old 07-27-2006, 07:56 AM
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WEAR A MASK! The dust from your cabinet has silicates in it and can cause silicosis, kind of like black lung disease for coal miners. Buy some extra lengths of hose for your shop vac and run it outside or use earplugs or some kind of hearing protection.
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Yes you should wear a mask if you are getting blast media outside your cabinet. I had to tape up the seams on one of the smaller ones I had to help keep the media in.

One thing I tried was to put a regular automotive air filter and filter lid over a big hole I drilled in the back of my cabinet. It let the air out but kept the media in. It didn't do much for the visibility though.

I have burned up several shop vacs using them to evacuate my cabinets. (I find them at garage sales for 10.00 or 15.00 so it is no big loss when they fry) The media is so small it gets into the motor and is very abrasive.

I just bought a bunch of stuff from TiP to get my big cabinet going. They have a dust collector for about 300.00. I can't afford that right now so I bought one of the filters that goes in their dust collector and I'll try it in the shop vac. I think it cost 25.00 or so and will fit a 16" vacuum. It is still noisy as hell but at least it will keep the dust somewhere other than the floor. That stuff is slippery.

I am going to build a evac system with a 600 cfm forge blower that I found at the swap meet and some ductwork. Hopefully it won't pull all the sides in on my cabinet.

I'll put some pics if you want.
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Hmmm Obiwan say that there is a plug on the back side of the cabinet about 6" down from the top on the left side as you look at it. Pull that plug out, and the sound will drop on the vacuum.
(Looks like the same cabinet as mine)
On the INSIDE, you will see a channel where the air comes in and goes to the bottom of the cabinet. The exhaust port for the cabinet is on the left side in the back near the top.

Here's the BIGGY !! Get another vacuum hose from Home Depot for $7-8, and put it in the EXHAUST. Run the exhaust out the door. You didn't like that neighbor anyways!
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Pull that plug out, and the sound will drop on the vacuum.
Is this to let fresh air in as not to dead head the shop vac? Makes sense...

I still need to make an evac system for the exhaust from the cars in the shop. I may just hook it to that.

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