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Robert K
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From: Nashville, TN
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 10-10-2001 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw in the Eastwood catalog that they have their benchtop bead blaster on sale. $239 I think it was. I'm very tempted to get one. It seems that there is always something that I need to strip or clean. Anyone have experiences with this particular setup ?
Didn't Kcode have one of Eastwood's bead blaster's. Any problems with it or anything you would choose instead ?

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine USA
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posted 10-10-2001 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought a $99 Harbor Freight model, and if I had it to do over again, I'd get bigger and better.

It is nice to have in the shop, though.

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John Mitzel
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From: Chester,NH USA
Registered: Jul 2000

posted 10-11-2001 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Mitzel   Click Here to Email John Mitzel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought Eastwood's Medium sized floor model.
Had a heck of a time getting a whole one delivered intact, but it eventually happened and it's a pretty nice unit - does a good job!

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-11-2001 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A good co. that deals heavily in abrasives is TP Tools & equip in Canfield, Ohio. Tel is 800-321-9260 www.tptools.com

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Robert K
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From: Nashville, TN
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 10-11-2001 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a matter of fact, I was looking at a TP tools catalog last night and was looking at their selection of blast cabinets. Very impressive. I'll have to do some more research but I may go with TP instead. They have a larger cabinet with a patented media funnel and also provide replacement parts for wear items (nozzles, gloves, seals etc.)

Thanks to all for their advice. It's something I can never have too much of.

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine USA
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posted 11-12-2001 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I just spent a few hours wrestling with my bench top bead blaster and even though I'm covered in dust I have to say I love the thing!

I now have a pile of nice and clean parts to prep and paint. I'm always impressed by how you can take a part that looks like a rusty piece of crap and turn it into brand new again. {I know, little things amuse little minds...}

One trick I stumbled into tonight: It gets really hard to see what you are blasting once you get the sandstorm going in there, and I was getting a lot of glare from the shop lights so I shut them off and just used the light in the cabinet. What a difference! I could see every detail even through the dust cloud. Very simple concept, but it worked amazingly well. I'm saving my beadblasting for nighttime from now on!

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'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
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'97 Probe GTS 2.5L DOHC
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68F100
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From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
Registered: Oct 99

posted 11-16-2001 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I always said I do my best work in the dark

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 11-16-2001 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep.

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mellowyellow
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posted 11-16-2001 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And then morning comes!! Oh My God!! How'my I gonna get outta THIS one!! I think I hear my Mother calling!! I'll call you!! LMAO!!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-16-2001 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That wasn't the hose I was workin', guys.

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'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
'97 Probe GTS 2.5L DOHC
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