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    buying /building a sandblaster

    Hi All,
    I`m lookin for some advice on buying or building a small sandblaster for home use. I`ve got a few projects (snowblower, Bilco doors, grillguard) that need blastin and want a small unit. I have read other forums about Harbor Freight and Northern products and would prefer a middle quality type machine. Has anyone had any experience building one? I`ve seen plans on Ebay for $9.99 advertized as the world`s best sandblaster. Anybody build one?

    I appreciate any comments or feedback....


    Thanks,

    eric

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    Re: buying /building a sandblaster

    I have one I got from Eastwood years ago that works OK as long as the air is dry. The plans you are talking about are by a member over at toolboxtalk. http://s6.invisionfree.com/ToolBoxTa...wtopic=388&hl=
    Here's his website: http://www.ammoman.com/RobsProjects/

    He claims to have a better way to do it other than a suction tube (like my Eastwood has). For $10 I'd say it's probably worth a shot.

    I need to blast the frame on my 4Runner and was thinking of getting a set. I've got enough on my plate for now though...

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    Re: buying /building a sandblaster

    Check out http://www.tptools.com I assume your wanting a cabinet version? They specialize in sandblasting and sell kits if you want to build your own. I keep thinking I will build one but can't seem to find the time. Be sure to include some form of dust extraction if you use it very much. If you are wanting to blast outside I built a pressure pot blaster out of a new propane tank so I didn't have to worry about the explosion hazard.

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    Re: buying /building a sandblaster

    Quote Originally Posted by Cebby
    I have one I got from Eastwood years ago that works OK as long as the air is dry. The plans you are talking about are by a member over at toolboxtalk. http://s6.invisionfree.com/ToolBoxTa...wtopic=388&hl=
    Here's his website: http://www.ammoman.com/RobsProjects/

    He claims to have a better way to do it other than a suction tube (like my Eastwood has). For $10 I'd say it's probably worth a shot.

    I need to blast the frame on my 4Runner and was thinking of getting a set. I've got enough on my plate for now though...
    That's quite interesting. Just read over it quickly, but I may spend $10 USD to try it out. If it doesn't work, oh well.
    Thanks for sharing!!

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    So are the $50 one from sears pretty much junk?

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    Re: buying /building a sandblaster

    Quote Originally Posted by tulsa_97sr5
    So are the $50 one from sears pretty much junk?
    I assumed we were talking cabinet models. I need a pressurized one so I can do my 4Runner frame. Damn salty roads!!

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    Re: buying /building a sandblaster

    Quote Originally Posted by Cebby
    I assumed we were talking cabinet models. I need a pressurized one so I can do my 4Runner frame. Damn salty roads!!
    I've never used one of any sort, but I think I need one. I'm learning all about how you treat your car frames up there in PA...

    Maybe I'll give this Harbor Freight pressurized unit a shot. Once I get done with the frame I doubt I'll find much else to use it for, so I'd only need it to last that long.

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    Re: buying /building a sandblaster

    I have that Harbor freight pressure blaster, it works fine for me, I also build this http://www.letterhead.com/steps/hines/ , it's fine for what I do (no frames). I live in south NJ, (lots of sand in the woods). I seen the 4X4 guys rent gas compressures and blasters, head off into the woods (with frame in tow) and blast away, I just take my large stuff to a media blast center where they can apply a coat of primer after the blast, it 's fairly cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaysav
    I have that Harbor freight pressure blaster, it works fine for me, I also build this [url]http://www.letterhead.com/steps/hines/ , it's fine for what I do (no frames). I live in south NJ, (lots of sand in the woods). I seen the 4X4 guys rent gas compressures and blasters, head off into the woods (with frame in tow) and blast away, I just take my large stuff to a media blast center where the can apply a coat of primer after the blast, it 's fairly cheap.
    Great! Thanks for the info. I think I'll pick one up after work today. Wire wheel on the grinder + phosphorus has been working pretty well on my frame, but the tighter spots like body mounts are going to be a PITA. This whole project would be tons easier if I had room to get the body off the frame. Thanks again.

    Brian

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    Re: buying /building a sandblaster

    Jaysav - that is a great idea on the small blast cabinet. Cool!!

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