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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]

 

3 Responses to A Serious, No BS Abrasive Blaster

  1. joel says:

    I just got the cheapo $150 Grizzly cabinet G0473 and whaddayaknow, you get what you pay for. Its feet arrived all bent up from shipping, but I intended to build it legs anyway (http://flickr.com/photos/jmillerid/528527785/). The siphon hose from the gun was kinked in several places making it all but useless, so I replaced it with a braided-reinforced vinyl hose I had lying around, easy enough. I also bolted-on a fitting for my shop vac where the filter exits the rear, but I’ll also need to add some intake vents– right now I just get a nice vacuum inside that makes the gloves stick straight out. All in all it’s made of thin sheet metal and the construction is all-around weak, but after an afternoon of modifying it it’s doing the job just fine.

    If I had a whole day to spare I might have built my own larger cabinet and used better components, but for $150 and a few hours of tweaking it’s not bad. Here’s some blasted parts (I used steel ball media): http://flickr.com/photos/jmillerid/528540209/

  2. RickG says:

    I have a TPTools 960 & it kicks serious ass.

  3. Phil says:

    I have the 960 cabinet (very similar in size, not quite as tall) and the earlier version of the dust collector in the picture. The setup totally rocks, and if you get one, you’ll be blasting everything you can get your hands on. And the cabinet will take anything you can dish out. I modified mine to have two separate blast guns inside along with a ‘dry’ air gun to clean the media from whatever I am blasting before opening the door (a very worthwhile addition for any cabinet).

    Go on… get yourself one.

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