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Robert K
Gearhead

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From: Nashville, TN
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 05-20-2003 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just called TP Tools to order a blasting cabinet and they're telling me that my compressor is too small even for a small cabinet. I appreciate their honesty but is anyone else using a small compressor for bead blasting and what is your opinion ? My compressor is a belt drive 6HP 8.6 scfm @ 40 and 6.8 @ 90. 25 gal. tank. I knew it would be marginal but didn't figure it was completely a no-go.
I'm really disappointed right now.

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bigblocked85
Journeyman

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From: Waterford,MI
Registered: May 2003

posted 05-23-2003 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigblocked85   Click Here to Email bigblocked85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, I use to have a small compressor that I blasted with for quite a while. The only difference was I think mine had a little 5 hp motor and I used two 25 gal. tanks. It was good for some small stuff but I remember trying to blast a set of steel wheels and oh my god it took forever. The biggest question is do you have patience and small stuff to blast? If you dont mind working and waiting, working and waiting, go for it. You might try to find some small tanks from a old blown up compressor and at least expand your volume. Just some thoughts. Good luck, Gordon

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Robert K
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From: Nashville, TN
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 05-27-2003 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went with TP Tools TL-80 cabinet. It works great even with my compressor being on the marginal side. I just have to have a little more patience but the results are worth it. I looked at the Barrel Blaster but I like the top loading feature of the TL-80.

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