PowerFist Blast Cabinet`
It can be very, very handy to have a media blasting cabinet to clean off old cruddy parts and strip metal for welding or painting.
Some tips and tricks about making this cabinet work:
- It is made of 16 ga or 18 ga sheet steel bolted together with like a billion screws. Every single seam MUST be cauked, or it will leak all over the place. Be generous with the cauk!
- I mated mine to a PowerFist Air Dryer and that really helps keep the media (I use glass beads) flowing smoothly. It is amazing how much water collects in the air dryer during use.
- It is absolutely unusable until you replace the suction hose, as the OEM hose pinches flat under vaccuum. I bought some actual sandblast siphon hose and that fixed the problem. The gun itself seems OK.
- The light kit is a waste of time. Instead, I got a cheap halogen shop light and bolted/cauked it into the top of the cabinet. Better lighting and the heat helps keep the media dry.
- It has a real appetite for air. My 18 CFM shop conpressor can drive it all day without dropping below 80 PSI, but a 7 CFM compressor could only drive it for short bursts. If you get one of these cabinets, you will need a big boy compressor to drive it.