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Steve Elings (IA)

02-28-2005 08:09:35

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I am in the market for a sandblaster and I was wondering how much will I need to spend to get a decent blaster there is one I have found it is a #20Lb and at a good price I think can some one tell me will this work for sandblasting a whole tractor or do I need something bigger, What do you use this site is the one I am looking at. http://www.autopn.com/store/pc/viewCat_P.asp?idCategory=62

Thanks Steve

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02-28-2005 19:17:23

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to Steve Elings (IA), 02-28-2005 08:09:35  
I bought a campbell hausfeld. Only bought the handle. About $20 total. Bought a 50lb bag of black diamond sand at Northern Tool and 30 minutes later I had a clean fender on my ford. I just shove the hose in the bag and let her rip. I have a 6CFM compressor. Just don't get in a hurry and know that sand takes off a little metal to!!

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02-28-2005 17:54:11

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to Steve Elings (IA), 02-28-2005 08:09:35  
Unless you have an industrial strength air compressor you will run out of air before you run out of sand. Sandblasters require a huge volume of air. I have one of those 40 lb. Harbor Freight sandblasters and a 5 hp, 2 cylinder pump air compressor. The compressor can't come close to supplying enough air to run the blaster continuously. It would take me about 2 weeks to completely sandblast a tractor.

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chris thompson

02-28-2005 17:29:57

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to Steve Elings (IA), 02-28-2005 08:09:35  
HELLO !!! i assume your looking at a pressure pot sandblaster 40 pounds id probably a good idea as long as it is a decent quality blaster it
should be okay i think the volume of air flow is important too i have a 40 pounder and it takes lots of air even with an industrial 10 hp compressor !!!

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Steve Elings (IA)

02-28-2005 17:37:39

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to chris thompson, 02-28-2005 17:29:57  
What is the CFM on your compressor.

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02-28-2005 15:20:17

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to Steve Elings (IA), 02-28-2005 08:09:35  
You might want to look at a 40 lb sandblaster, look at this link

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Richard H.

02-28-2005 12:38:35

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to Steve Elings (IA), 02-28-2005 08:09:35  
You may want to look at the other forums on this site under restoration and or tools and such. 20 lb. isn"t strong enough for me.The next one I do will be with a pressure washer with a sand attachment and my sand nozzle for smaller parts.

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02-28-2005 19:52:05

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to Richard H., 02-28-2005 12:38:35  
If you are getting a pressure blaster, then get at least a 100 pound sand capacity. I have gone thru about 1200 pounds of sand and am only about 1/2 way done with my 4140 HD Ind. It does have a more to do than just a regular farm tractor, but you will need to use a lot of sand to strip a tractor to bare clean metal.

The paint probably is a couple coats thick and then there is probably rust under everything, even the paint. The rust is 2-3x harder to get off than the paint.

If you have the air to run the blaster, figure on using 100 pounds in under 30 min. Oh, and get a GOOD blasting helmet with a nice large window and peel off protectors. And a good respirator is a must. Sand in the lungs turns to concrete and you can't hardly breath with a lung full of concrete!


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Richard H.

03-01-2005 09:46:06

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to john_bud, 02-28-2005 19:52:05  
What I"m talking about John is an attachment that goes with a power washer to mix sand with the water which I have not got yet but I know they"re out there. I will have one by the time it warms up and will post you back and let you know if it is good or not. I figure 2600# of water with sand mixed in has got to be helpful.

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03-01-2005 19:52:46

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 Re: Sandblasters in reply to Richard H., 03-01-2005 09:46:06  

I have a buddy that sells industrial washers and that is one option that he can get. BUT, they are best suited to larger washers. His is a 25 Hp and can heat the water from cold tap all the way up to steam for clearing out frozen culverts and drain fields.

Pretty slick, but I think you will want to be more in the 4000 to 5000 psi and 5+ GPM range. At least those are what I remember of the specs for what he sells. (Lambda sp?)


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