What to Consider When Buying Sandblasting Equipment

A sandblaster refers to an air tool that can shoot out abrasive materials like pressurized sand at high speeds. This air tool functions to clean dirt, rust, paint, and corrosion and other debris from items. Sandblasters can also be used to create a smooth finish for surfaces. Contractors tend to use sandblasters to polish or smooth rough surfaces in preparation for resurfacing and painting. Sandblasters can even be used to etch glass. If you’re interested in getting sandblasting equipment, here are a few things you should consider.

Types of Sandblasters

There are three general types of sandblasters. Sandblasters differ significantly in style and complexity. Therefore, you should have no problem finding a sandblaster that best suits your needs.

Gravity-fed Sandblaster

As you can probably tell by their name, gravity-fed sandblasters use gravity to function. Sand is placed in the hopper, which is a container. The hopper is mounted on top of the sandblaster’s gun. The gun is then connected to an air compressor. When the user presses the trigger, the nozzle will blast out air and sand will blast out at a high speed.

Siphon Sandblaster

There are many similarities between gravity-fed sandblasters and siphon sandblasters. The main difference is that the sandblaster’s container holds the sand below rather than above the nozzle. Therefore, a suction-like process is used to move the sand through the nozzle when air is released.

Pressure Sandblaster

Pressure sandblasters need highly pressurized sand canisters to function. Sandblasting guns are connected to the canisters. When the user pulls the trigger, sand will blast from the container. Out of all three types of sandblasters, pressure sandblasters are the easiest to use. However, pressure sandblasters are more expensive. Also, the sand can’t be reused and once the canister is empty, a new one must be purchased.

Things to Consider

The type of sandblasting equipment is not the only factor that impacts the sandblasting effect. The abrasive sand used is actually what determines the sandblasting effect.  A liquid or dry sandblaster will also make a difference with the sandblasting effect.

The automatic type, pressure feed type, semi-automatic type, suction type, and high pressure type all have an impact on production capacity. Therefore, customers should consider processing capacity when choosing between these types.

Finally, you should choose a sandblaster that has a container that is large enough for the type of work being conducted.

As you can see, there are many uses for sandblasting equipment. For more information about what you should consider when buying sandblasting equipment, don’t hesitate to contact us.