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DaveK
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posted 12-13-2001 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm debating on which to get first, a 40 gal. parts cleaner or a sand blasting cabinet.

Any suggestions?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-15-2001 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd get the blasting cabinet first. You can use anything to wash parts in, but the ability to bead blast parts is priceless.

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David
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posted 12-18-2001 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David   Click Here to Email David     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
get the sandblaster......what do ya think the bathtub is for

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ccode67
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From: douglasville,ga,usa
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posted 12-19-2001 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can clean parts in the kitchen sink, just remember to move the dishes or the wife will be upset.

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AKBOSSMAN
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posted 12-21-2001 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AKBOSSMAN   Click Here to Email AKBOSSMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's which one it's how soon to get the other one

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capri man
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posted 12-21-2001 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
get the sand blaster. the diswasher makes a great parts washer.
HINT: make sure your wife aint home when you do it!!!

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DaveK
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posted 01-03-2002 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ok. I've decided to get the sandblasting cabinet. Should I go for a top loading model or a side loading model?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-03-2002 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The side loader. I'd get a stand alone unit with a big funnel hopper, too. I have a bench top unit, and I'm always moving the siphon hose around to keep it in media. Real pain.

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'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 01-04-2002 04:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Make sure you get one big enough to handle what you want to blast. For example, I've got a side loader thats big enough to do rims. Some are just for small parts.

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DaveK
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posted 01-04-2002 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the one I'm thinking about getting.
http://www.tptools.com/eccStoreFront/tip/product_images//Full/780-TL.jpg

[This message has been edited by DaveK (edited 01-04-2002).]

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-04-2002 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave Witthoeft:
Make sure you get one big enough to handle what you want to blast. For example, I've got a side loader thats big enough to do rims. Some are just for small parts.

Very very very true. I was bummed out when I found I couldn't blast some exhaust manifolds in mine. Mine is a bit on the toy side.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 M code 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 open
'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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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-04-2002 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DaveK:
Here's the one I'm thinking about getting.
http://www.tptools.com/eccStoreFront/tip/product_images//Full/780-TL.jpg


Looks like a good one. It's a top loader, but that's a pretty big opening.

For comparison, have you checked out Harbor Freight?

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 M code 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 open
'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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V8 Thumper
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posted 01-04-2002 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll second the Harbor Freight idea. It's certainly not SnapOn precision stuff, but then again, blasting cabinets are hardly a precision instrument. Your dollar can go a long way at H.F. for basic stuff.

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DaveK
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posted 01-07-2002 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've looked at Harbor Freight and I've gotten things from them before but I received a gift certificate to TP Tools for Xmas so I figured I'd put it towards a blast cabinet.

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cynot65
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posted 01-08-2002 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cabinet? I've saved myself the cash and designed a booth that is virtually leak proof that I assemble in my garage. Granted it gets a little hot in there and you need the appropriate goggles and mask etc. etc. to do the job but it takes about 10 minutes to set up and about 20 minutes to take down and clean up. My reason for a booth is that I can put any size piece in it to blast.
Tony C*

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-08-2002 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cynot65:
My reason for a booth is that I can put any size piece in it to blast.

But you're trapped in there getting silicosis! Be very careful, buddy!

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 M code 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 open
'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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cynot65
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posted 01-08-2002 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Big Guy, one of these days I'll scan the photo my wife took of me with my "suit" on before I go in and post it for you to see. Believe me I take the neede precautions. I neglected to add that I have my Sears Shop Vac hose hooked up to it to help suck out some of the particles. Thanks for thinking enough to remind me and anyone else who might do likewise.
Tony C*

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DaveK
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posted 02-11-2002 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally got the sand blasting cabinet up and running this weekend. Put in a test piece and tried it out. Very nice. I don't know why I waited so long to get one. Sure beats the heck out of a wire wheel and a drill.

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