Abrasive Blast Cabinet Buyers Guide
Tips For Buying An Abrasive Blast Cabinet
The best way - and sometimes the only way - to remove all the rust from a part is with a media blast cabinet. There are always parts like a spring or latch mechanism where you could never clean everything with a wire wheel or sanding disc. An abrasive blast cabinet is great for removing rust from the hard-to-reach areas of a part, which is absolutely necessary. If you don't remove the rust from the pits, it's going to push back up and blister your paint.
There are a number of cabinet options for professional mechanics and amateur restoration enthusiasts. In our blasting cabinet buyer's guide, we've taken a look at each one to see which one might be best for you.
Eastwood currently offers three sizes of sandblasting cabinets. A benchtop media blast cabinet is our most affordable version and is great for small parts or if you have very limited space. This cabinet will hold up to 25 pounds of blast media and 50 pounds of parts. Modular blast cabinets, which are slightly larger in size, are also great if you're looking to save space. They can be set on a workbench or you can attach legs and use it as a standup cabinet.
We also have a full-size cabinet which will handle large parts of up to 125 pounds, including 20-inch wheels. This unit comes with legs that are added during assembly so it can stand in a shop corner or next to a workbench. Each cabinet is designed by our in-house experts who know exactly what auto workers are looking for in their blasters.
How Sandblasting Cabinets Work
Although our cabinets vary in size, they offer similar design and function using proven techniques. All three cabinets are top-loading, meaning the door is on the top and you drop the part into the cabinet. This is great because it saves a lot of space. If the door was on the side, it would need twice as much room so you could get the part into it, and you could never put it against a wall.
All Eastwood cabinets have a high-flow, high-quality blast gun, which you definitely need to remove paint and rust quickly and efficiently. All of the cabinets also have a large viewing window with replaceable liners plus lights to make it easy to see while you're working. All three also have non-duning hoppers which keep you blasting without clogging up, unlike lesser quality units. We also offer a foot pedal for all three units that will help lessen hand fatigue when you're blasting for long periods of time.
These pneumatic abrasive blast cabinets attach directly to an air compressor and require between 7 and 10 cfm of air flow to operate. Each cabinet has large adjustable air inlet openings and an exhaust port that hooks up to a standard 1.5-inch vacuum hose. You can also attach a dust collector, which are available at Eastwood. These items will help prevent lung-scarring dust clouds from forming in your workspace.
The benchtop cabinet has nearly three cubic feet of blasting space and will fit into a 24-inch by 20-inch area. The modular cabinet is about six cubic feet and comes with an extra bright LED light plus a gas strut to hold the door open while you're loading parts or blast media. The full-size cabinet is more than 11 cubic feet, and because of the way it's assembled, it ships much cheaper than other large blast cabinets, saving you money.
What Else to Order for Your Cabinet
After you buy a blast cabinet, don't forget to pick up some extra nozzles as well as replacement liners for the window glass. And be sure to review the blasting media chart to make sure you get the best blast media for your jobs. Whichever cabinet you choose, you will receive a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee by shopping at Eastwood.
Starting at: $359.97