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Old 03-14-2005, 07:57 PM
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sand vs shot in a shot bag

Well this old man neds some more help in the body arena. I have a new shot bag and need to know what is the preference to fill it up. Do I use shot and if so steel or lead, or do I use sand and should it be coarse or fine. Thanks in advance. Jan

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In my first shot bag I used #9 birdshot as recommended by Ron Fournier in his book. Later on I started using green diamond abrasive sand. It has less silica than some sand and is lighter weight than lead shot. Works great, and cheap to buy.

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John, SILICA! I never thought of that. I have sand in mine. But why in the world would I want sand if I will be pounding on this thing for hours and exposing myself to SILICA!

Even the lead could be a danger I would think, but a heck of a lot less chance of exposer than the silica.

Isn't this a concern of yours?
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Hi Brian,
My understanding is that the green diamond abrasive has little or no silica in it.

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From their site.

Green Diamond's abrasive sand contains less than 0.1% free silica. It is non-metallic and chemically inert. Utilization of this sand is varied depending on the blending size, which can be custom sized upon request. Typical applications include concrete, structural steel, rust, light paint, cabinet use, and fine sands for high pressure water blast systems and feathering.

Where do you get this from John?
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I bought mine from a local cement, sand and gravel supplier. You should be able to find someone close to you. I have forgotten the name of the company, but I can find it if you need it.

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John: I live in Ky and if you had this supplier the information would be much appreciated. You have a nice web site as do many contributors to this site. People who work on cars are by and large the best bunch of people in the world.
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Hi Jan,

I'm in Seattle Washington. The place is called Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel. Shipping a hundred pound bag would be prohibitively expensive though! There must be a place close to you that sells this stuff.

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Here is a link:

http://www.greendiamondsand.com/company/index.html

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