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Sandblasting originally made use of silica particles exclusively, but as research uncovered health risks associated with long-term exposure to the dust created by silica blasting, alternative media were developed. These media, while minimizing health risks, were also discovered to outperform silica media in some applications. Read More…

Sandblast Media Sandblast media are abrasive particles which, when combined with a stream of pressurized air or water, are used to change the properties of a surface. Sandblast media can be a collection of silica, ground corn cobs, walnut shells, garnet, copper slag, cut wire and a wide variety of other materials.

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Langhorne, PA  |  215-752-8800

With more than 60 years as a leader in air-blast equipment, Empire produces an extensive line including: ProFinish® Systems, ProFormer&trade, Econo-Finish® and Modified cabinets, Hoffman Blast Rooms, SuperBlast® Portable blasters and Centrifugal Disc Deburring Systems. Our reputation for sandblast equipment is the result of meeting our customers' demands for quality and increased productivity.

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Empire Abrasive Equipment Company $$$

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. Our cost efficient systems will save you in energy expenses and we promise to assist you right away if you ever run into problems. We offer unsurpassed services and we integrated several value-added features into our products.

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Midwest Finishing Systems, Inc. $$$

South 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. All of our sandblast equipment is created right here in the USA and we promise that these products adhere to all industrial standards and regulations. We are ambitiously developing the newest innovations and we continuously improve our manufacturing facility. Contact us today to learn more!

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Great Lakes Finishing Equipment $$$

Wichita, KS  |  800-835-0218

AT LS Industries, we manufacture our sandblast equipment from the highest quality materials in our industry. We also know how important affordability and durability are to our customers, which is why we produce exclusive designs and use state-of-the-art technology to create our products. No matter what your application, you can count on our team to handle your project with the utmost respect and service.

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LS Industries $$$

Englewood, CO  |  303-756-6066

Here at Fortna Equipment we provide top quality sandblasting equipment and supplies. Our selection of media includes aluminum oxide grit, sand substitutes, glass beads, and more. We're your go-to source for any type of metal finishing or sandblasting equipment for your production or manufacturing needs. Please contact us for more information!

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Fortna Eqiupment Company $$$
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For example, the development of shot peening equipment allowed for the speedy and efficient peening, or strain hardening, of large areas of metal surfaces, a process that would have been impossible using silica media. Crushed walnut shells were also developed as blasting media and were discovered to create smaller amounts of dust during the treatment process.

Soda blasting equipment, which uses bicarbonate of soda for blasting media, became popular for the same reason. Even more varieties of blast media are utilized in grit blasters and shot blasters.

All media blasting treatments work according to the same, basic concept: small particles moving at high speeds collide with surface particles and dislodge them. Beyond this commonality, though, blasting techniques vary dramatically in terms of method and their intended purpose. One use, for example, could be to remove impurities from a surface in advance of paint reapplication.

Such sandblasting projects are usually intended to create the smoothest, most paint-ready surface possible. Glass etching, on the other hand, can be performed with entirely different blast media and may leave the surface rough and clouded. Different effects will be achieved in the blasting process depending on what kind of blast media is used.

Aluminum oxide, for example, is used for cutting through metals and is prized because it can be easily reused. Corn cobs are often used when a surface is likely to be damaged by harsher media. The rest of the variety of basting media ranges for the super-coarse and hard to the super-fine and soft; the whole range is necessary to accommodate the equally wide range of media blasting applications.

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