Shot Blasters

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While a sandblaster can make use of any variety of blasting media and still be called a sandblaster, shot blasters make use of shot, which is a collection of small metal abrasives, exclusively. Read More…

Shot Blasters Shot blasters are a variety of media blasting equipment that use shot to treat a surface. Unlike sandblasters, shot blasters are limited in terms of the variety of blasting media they can utilize.

Leading Manufacturers

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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The term "sandblaster" can be used in reference to all kinds of media blasting equipment. "Shot blasting" refers specifically to the use of shards or beads. Sandblasting can range in its applications from glass etching to glass snowing and from shot peening to soda blasting. Shot blasting would not be an appropriate glass treatment method, as the process involves propelling small shards, beads or other metal shapes at surfaces with a stream of compressed air or pressurized water.

Depending on the application, shot blasting professionals may choose media as fine and granulated as silicon carbide or as large as steel pellets. In both cases, but on different scales, the goal of shot blasting is the treatment of a surface. In the case of road treatment, for example, a portable, mobile shot blaster fires small steel beads at concrete surfaces to remove contamination and soft concrete.

This reveals a mechanical profile which allows for improved bonding during later resurfacing. The used shot and dust created by this process are usually collected by shot blaster, leaving a clean surface that is ready for treatment./p>

All media blasters, regardless of the kind of media they utilize, follow a few basic principles in terms of their design and function. Since all media blasters are intended to change a surface by propelling small objects, all media blasters must be equipped with a stock of blasting media, an air compressor or water pressurizer and a system by which those two components are combined and directed at surfaces.

There are three main configurations of media blasters in existence. Gravity-based systems are the simplest configuration and are mostly used in small scale blasting projects. In these systems, a hopper placed above the flow of compressed air uses gravity to combine the blasting media and airflow. In a siphon gun, the pressurized air passes over an unpressurized abrasive chamber.

The change in pressure draws abrasive up out of the chamber and into the flow of air, both of which are expelled through the nozzle at high speed. The third variety of media blaster is the pressure pot variety, which pressurizes both the air and the abrasive, allowing for an efficient flow of both.

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