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Old 11-20-2005, 11:27 PM
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Tool Review,Spot sandblaster

I have to tell you guys, this is one of the best investments I have ever made in a tool. As I remember off the MAC truck they were about $100 for the pair.
Email Unitec, the maker off the link below and see who you could buy it from locally and I would bet it will be much cheaper.

The "Speed blaster" on it's own is a great sand blaster. I have a Harbor Freight pressure blaster that I set aside after finding out how nice this tool works. Now, I am not doing full frames or something, but a set of wheels I did went very fast.

he "Hot spot" will enable you to do small spot blasting without blowing a single grain of sand! I am not kidding, you could spot blast a part on your dashboard of a finished car and not get a grain on the apholstry! It is SUPER for cleaning up spot welds or welds prior to filler work.

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Check them out at the following links.
http://unitec-mfg.com/speedblaster.htm

http://unitec-mfg.com/hotspot.htm

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Old 11-21-2005, 03:39 AM
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I agree, I have a couple in the locker on my tool box. I use them primarly for cleaning aluminium (old dry powder tankers) prior to welding.
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what media is used and where can you get it?
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I believe I have seen these sold in J.C. Whitney before. I have the Speed Blaster and I love it. I'd sure like to have the Hot Shot just to save on cleanup.

Near me is an area where there is some of the finest sand I have ever found. Its very fine almost like flour. Virtually no impurities. I have to dig it up myself, but its free.
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Old 11-21-2005, 08:22 AM
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I just use sand from my Ace hardware "RMC Pacific Lapis Lustre". It says right on the bag for sandblasting. It is filtered so there is a very consistant grain size throughout.

Of course, if you pour the used sand back from the bag into the gun a few times, in a short time the sand will get pulverized into baby powder like consistency.

I don't know if you saw in the link but the "Hot spot" has a number of rubber tips for matching the shape of the metal you are spot blasting, it works real well to contain most every grain.

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I have a similar model with the various 'nozzles', and I agree, they are very handy indeed.

One circular attachment I've got gives a full blast in the centre, and gradually reduces towards the edges. Great for the odd stone chip on a front end, as a quick run over with the palm DA after blasting, and they're feathered out easily, ready for spot priming.
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i know this is an old post, but i'm planning on getting one of these with the recovery attachment. i was wondering how well it will work in small crevices that i can't reach with a brass brush, like on manifolds? i imagine that it will still blow the sand in the tight spot, but i'm wondering if it will still recover the sand (assuming i'm using the right tip).
thanks for any info.

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How long between refills on the speed blaster?. I can quite a few uses for this especially with the recovery system.
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It is a hand held unit so there isn't much sand there. HOWEVER, it catches the sand so theoretically it never needs to be filled. In reality it will last until the sand is pulverized into powder.

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Up here in Canada, Princess Auto stores has a little unit that catches the used sand. It looks a lot like a spray gun with a catch bag on the front. It works quite well, although it doesn't catch all the used sand, but most of it......Great for rusty spots.
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Brian --- You Did It Again !!!

Brian I read your post awhile back about the SPEED BLASTER. I have seen these units in the past but never really paid much attention thinking they were pretty "TOY LIKE" After reading your post I immediately went on Ebay & found a like new one with (2) of the hot spot setups & got all of it for $26. Let me tell you this ain't no toy. I can see myself actually doing a bit better quality work now. Small areas that need blasting but not worth dragging out the big messy one for will be properly handled now.
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Hey, yeah ... the comparison to an inter-galactic laser gun is what convinced me!

Seriously ... these are pretty good for very small jobs ... but they do take a while.

NAPA (Canada) sells the same thing in it's UltraPro tool line.

They actually have 2 versions:
Version 1: you buy the gravity-feed only gun, and then buy the capture kit as an add-on.

Version 2: Buy a convertable gravity/siphon gun which includes the capture stuff. And get this ... version 2 is very close to being the same price as version 1, so it's like getting the capture kit for free!

Obviously, I went with version 2 ... (P/N 65338) and I love it. If I have a considerable amount of blasting to do (without capturing), I'll fill a 5-gal pail with sand and blast away without have to stop to refill.

Switching between "modes" is very easy. Just flip a lever, remove or install the plug or siphon hose.

I've scanned the sheet that shows the kit contents / disassembly diagram. All literature is bi-lingual (English/French) as required in Canada, so I cropped the second page.

They don't seem to show the lever in the diagram, but I'm quite sure that it's on #23 "Conjunction" which must have been badly translated ... "Mixing chamber" is the term that I would have used ... which is a more literal translation as well.
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