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I need some help with how to use my sand blaster (solved)

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I just bought this sand blaster from sears

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00916706000P

and it has NO instructions at all.

I have the hose hooked up to both the gun and the pneumatic container (like in the picture), and then realized, I have no idea where to hook the air up... im a ditz I know..

Does it screw into the gun?

TIA.

Cant wait until i can blast margie!

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I clicked on the Sears link, and, as I am in India, it gave the price in rupees. 2869 rupees is around $64.

Useless info I know.

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This is what the bottom of the handle has...

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Im assuming I need to just get the normal fitting so I can click my air hose from the compressor to it aa?.. Duh. dont knoe why I didnt think about that last night. I guess I was just too tired :/

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there are several types of air fitting, just ensure you have the male to match you female. Remember to use plumbers tape when you screw it in.

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You should know that performance of the gun is largely dependent on what abrasive media you use--each type has certain advantages based on what surface you intend to clean. There are charts online that can help you decide.

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Zac -

Dont' fret - that's probably a 3/8" NPT fitting for the compressed air supply on your gun. My dad has an ancient Craftsman sand blaster that I used on my VW sheet metal..back in 1982! Make sure you have a water separator installed on the compressor or you'll make the sand cake up with humidity. Don't buy "play sand" from the local hardware store. If you can afford it, look at the different abrasive media available from places such as Eastwood's in PA.

Sand will go everywhere and it will hurt! Set up some drop cloths and wear a good face shield. Campbell Hausfeld makes replacement ceramic nozzles and air jets. The original ones will wear out and make the gun perform poorly.

Will I see you in NC at the V@V?

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I'm just curious, Zac, but what is the CFM rating of your compressor? I'm in the market for a new one and from what I'm reading, blasters require a pretty high CFM.

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Zac -

Dont' fret - that's probably a 3/8" NPT fitting for the compressed air supply on your gun. My dad has an ancient Craftsman sand blaster that I used on my VW sheet metal..back in 1982! Make sure you have a water separator installed on the compressor or you'll make the sand cake up with humidity. Don't buy "play sand" from the local hardware store. If you can afford it, look at the different abrasive media available from places such as Eastwood's in PA.

Sand will go everywhere and it will hurt! Set up some drop cloths and wear a good face shield. Campbell Hausfeld makes replacement ceramic nozzles and air jets. The original ones will wear out and make the gun perform poorly.

Will I see you in NC at the V@V?

I dont know if Ill make it to V@V this year... it depends if I can get some time (and MONEY) to keep it running. As of right now Im not going, but its likely ill end up going

Thanks for the advise!

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I'm just curious, Zac, but what is the CFM rating of your compressor? I'm in the market for a new one and from what I'm reading, blasters require a pretty high CFM.

I have a oldish craftsman 5HP, 22Gal, compressor that runs a max psi of 130PSI. Im not sure of the CFU, but im sure someone could calculate it.

Its pretty large, come up to about my chest, and im 6' 1

It does have a label saying it IS rated for sandblasting, painting etc.

Hope this helps ya Bob!

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Zac,

You can pick up the fittings at HD or Lowes, Check out the Eastwood Co chart for types of media and their use

http://www.eastwood.com/techlib-bmchrt

And the look at Northern Tool (you have two on your side of town) or Harbor Freight for media. Explore how to capture the media since you will go through it.

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Zac,

You can pick up the fittings at HD or Lowes, Check out the Eastwood Co chart for types of media and their use

http://www.eastwood.com/techlib-bmchrt

And the look at Northern Tool (you have two on your side of town) or Harbor Freight for media. Explore how to capture the media since you will go through it.

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thanks for the info John.. i forgot about harbor freight! I think im going to use a very large tarp under what I'll blast. If that doesnt work ill try something else.

When are we going to meet up again?

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my compressor is a 150psi, 5hp, 60gal runs 13cfm at 90psi. runs my sandblaster just fine. I go to TSC (Tractor Supply Company) and get the 50# bag black diamond media for $8. It removes paint and will remove metal pits if you work the metal, so if the metal your blasting is thin be careful after paint removal.

For smaller parts I made a sandblasting booth, because I had spare crap lying around and didn;t want to spent 120 bucks on a real blasting booth. It works great. If it is large parts, a tarp is about as good as you will get to recollect any media. Make sure to wear a face shield.

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