Sandblasting is a form of media blasting where abrasive material is propelled at high pressure onto a surface. They have been used in various industries for over 50 years and are often used to remove paint, rust, and other unwanted surface matter on metal, plastics, and other materials.
A sandblasting cabinet is an enclosed machine with a nozzle that projects the abrasive materials onto the surface being worked on.
There are many types of sandblasting cabinets on the market today with a wide range of prices, performance, and features. Finding the best cabinet for your needs can be challenging with many variations.
This guide will help people considering blasting cabinets find out which one suits their needs and budget and will give them pleasure for years to come.
Being the most important factor, finding the cheapest cabinet will not always be the best option. The price of a cabinet is related to the material being used for blasting and the machine itself. No matter how cheap a cabinet is, it will not do much good if it doesn’t provide sufficient space.In addition to the space, the quality of materials used for making the valves, hoses, nozzles, and other components also dictate the price. The best cabinets in the industry are rugged and made from 10-12 gauge industrial-grade welded metal sheets for extra durability and sealing features.
Size of the components
The size of components you need to blast will determine the cabinet size you need.
The best manufacturers offer cabinets in many sizes to suit everyone’s requirements. However, if you want a custom-sized cabinet, a reputed manufacturer will make one for you.
If you are only going to sandblast items like pistons, you may be able to work with a smaller cabinet, but if you want to blast car engines or other bigger items, then you will require a suitably sized cabinet for the job.
Sandblasting cabinets are often used for large pieces of metal and industrial work. Sandblasting is a slow process as the piece needs to be cleaned out while blasting; therefore, it can be pretty time-consuming if planning on doing multiple pieces in one go. If this is your case, you should look at getting a larger cabinet than the usual household model. In terms of how large this form of media blasting can cover an area, it all depends on how big your compressor is! Bigger compressors mean bigger blast nozzle sizes, allowing bigger surface areas to be covered in a shorter period.
There are two types of airflow that you need to focus on while buying a sandblasting cabinet: the propelling and exhaust mechanisms.
The propelling mechanism will generate airflow for thrusting the abrasive materials onto the item’s surface to clean and eliminate any dust, paint, or oxidation residue. This airflow must be stable throughout, or it will slow down the blasting process.
The second airflow mechanism is the exhaust which is responsible for keeping the dust particles and contaminants from the cabinet clear to prevent the screen from blocking. It sucks away the dust from the working area to provide a clean space for the abrasive media to do their magic.
Reputation of manufacturer
The reputation of a blasting cabinet manufacturer is always essential, as it is with any other product. Go for machines from companies with a history of good customer service, quality control, and product support.
There are many sandblasting cabinets to consider when looking to buy one; however, you must know what you want to get the best one for your purposes.