Sandblasters are used for a wide range of tasks, such as removing coatings, roughening smooth surfaces, smoothing rough surfaces, etching, carving, degreasing, deburrying, peening, deflashing and descaling equipment and parts made of metal, wood, plastic and glass. Read More…
Midwest Finishing Systems, Inc.Hartland, WI | 800-854-0030
Our sandblast equipment is designed to handle a wide variety of applications and we use manufacturing methods that guarantee these machines will stand the test of time.$$$
Great Lakes Finishing EquipmentSouth Elgin, IL | 708-345-5300
We have decades of experience in the finishing industry and we specialize in aqueous washing, abrasive blasting, vibratory finishing, polishing and buffing.$$$
Rosler Metal Finishing USA, LLCBattle Creek, MI | 269-441-3000
From delicate deburring to aggressive sandblasting & shot peening, Rosler Metal Finishing will show you why they’re called the World's Leader in Surface Finishing, with a full line of blasting equipment, mass finishing equipment & consumables. With a solution for every surface, Rosler has the right deburring equipment & thousands of media types made in the USA to achieve optimum finishing results.$$$
ICM, Inc.Norwalk, CA | 800-421-3521
Over 50 years, ICM has been a source of excellence in manufacturing superior abrasive blast systems, dust collection equipment & cyclone reclaimers. Our products include blast cabinets & blast rooms, which have been tested for longevity. As innovators, we have developed what have become standard products, serving the world with custom solutions.$$$
BlastOneColumbus, OH | 800-999-1881
BlastOne proudly supplies high quality sandblasting equipment to the blast cleaning and protective coating industry. Whether you are in the market for abrasive blasting, abrasives, blasting equipment, sandblasting, bicarb soda blasting, paint sprayers, airless sprayers, dehumidification equipment, sandblast equipment, graco, garnet, steel shot, steel grit, dust collection equipment, we’ve got you covered. We are committed to quality and customer service. Contact us today for more detailed information about our products and services.$$$
The versatility of portable sandblasting equipment allows heavy use of these mechanisms in automotive, shipbuilding, construction, agriculture, industrial cleaning and processing, aerospace, decorative design, woodworking and glass industries. Portable sandblasters are particularly useful in industrial and personal settings as they allow a single machine to be used in a variety of locations, moving from workstation to workstation.
While smaller models are used to rework small parts such as nuts, bolts, decorative glass, printed circuit boards and engine components, large models handle the resurfacing of ships, bridges, tractors, building components, aircraft and heat exchangers. The method of mobility is heavily dependent upon the size of a given machine.
Smaller units can be lightweight and handheld or mounted to benches, pedestals, carts or skids with casters allowing them to roll easily from one worksite to another. Large industrial models, however, are frequently mounted to a trailer or vehicle and then driven from one location to another.
Though design can vary significantly, most portable sandblasters have the same general operating components. Each unit must have a power supply, pressure generator or air compressor, crankshaft or plunger pump, abrasive injector, blaster nozzle, a vessel to hold the abrasive media and in some instances dust collection units or media separators. The system works by compressing air or pressurizing liquid which in turn pushes or pulls an abrasive media out of the containment vessel and through the nozzle.
The head of the nozzle directs a stream of highly pressurized materials at the surface to be reworked. While many portable units are operated in an open environment, others have a blast cabinet. This cabinet houses the head of the nozzle and is made of durable metals and plastics that can withstand high pressure blasts of abrasive materials. The object to be sandblasted is placed inside and treated within the cabinet. Alternatively, units without an attached blast area are used on freestanding objects that are too large or cumbersome to be placed in a blast room.
Although sandblasting has become the popular term for this particular type of machinery, media blasting is more applicable as silica sand is only one of the many types of both rounded and angular abrasives frequently used. Alternative materials include balled, ground, flaked or granulated particulates of such diverse materials as aluminum, carbide, ceramic, copper, glass, iron, gold, plastic, steel, wood, acrylic and baking soda. As portable sand blasters are often multi-purpose, many have multi-media capabilities as well.