We have a crappy little blast box that we occasionally use around the TM shop, but this is what we really want: a 46″ wide x 34″ deep x 36″ high cabinet made of 14-gauge steel with a foot-pedal-operated gun and a 250-300 CFM dust collection system. This is the real deal, and I want one.
Abrasive blasters — when set up and used properly — make cleaning up old, corroded, and otherwise jacked-up parts easy. We used our little box, for example, to quickly take a BMW airhead’s badly-rusted battery holder from a brown, barnacle-covered mess to raw metal. Of course, we had to clean the box twice during the procedure, and it was hard to see the whole time.
But not in this baby. There’s room inside this blaster for full wheels and even some smaller chassis parts. The dust collection system not only makes the unit much safer, it also makes it possible for you to see what you’re doing. And since it’s controlled by a foot-pedal, your finger won’t fall off after holding a trigger down for twenty minutes at a time.
At $2,600 it’s not for the faint-of-wallet, but it does ship complete with a tungsten carbide nozzle and 50 pounds of abrasive material. Beware: shipping on this 725-pound-beast will be, um, beastly.
But if you’ve got the scratch, you should have one. I would.
1436 Pro Restorer Abrasive Blaster [TP Tools]