How to Choose a Sandblasting Cabinet

Selecting a sandblasting cabinet can seem like a daunting task but, by understanding the following terms, you will be able to make a more informed decision to select the best cabinet for your business.

Media Velocity

The speed at which the abrasive particles are traveling. The higher the velocity the faster the user is able to clean, etch, sculpts, deburr, finish or peen the material they are working on.

Volume of Media Moved

The more abrasive particles being propelled against the material being worked on the faster the job can be completed.

Standoff Distance

The distance between your nozzle and the material being worked on.

Why is this important?

By increasing the distance between the nozzle and the material you will have a larger blast pattern, which equates to a larger surface being “cleaned” in the same amount of time, thus increasing productivity.

Standoff Distance

Cabinet Types

Pressure Type

Pros: Pressure Cabinets will move a large volume media with a high velocity resulting in a larger stand off distance. These cabinets are excellent for productivity.

Cons: This type of cabinet will have more moving parts in comparison to a Suction based system and may become pricier for repairs. The initial cost for this type of unit is higher than it’s Suction counterpart.

Pressure Cabinet

Suction Type

Pros: Lower upfront cost and maintenance/repair costs. Blasting is continuous because there is no pressure blast pot.

Cons: Lower velocity, and shorter standoff distance.

Suction Cabinet

Helpful Tips

Check your Nozzle!

A worn nozzle will demand more abrasives and use more air than a new one. By replacing worn nozzles you can save money spent on abrasive and increase productivity.

Check your Nozzle!

When an abrasive impacts a surface, a profile is created. The type, shape and size of the media can severely change the end results and with so many choices on the marketplace it is very important to pick the right one.

Do you need to paint or do you need to produce a stainless steel look? Contact one of our technical sales reps that can recommend the right type of abrasive for the job!

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