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makes shot blasting very easy to do
on 26 November 2013
I thought about making-up a bucket and hose arrangement for shot blasting myself, but in the end it was easier to just send for one of these. It was smaller than I thought it would be, but it does take a whole bag of shot (22KG bag) which is the stated capacity in the advert. A neat solution for the job of holding the grit. It should last for many years.
I use a 100LTR-3HP-14.5CFM CLARK compressor to run the kit, which it does very well. I can clean a rusty 4" square patch of chain maille armour in seconds, then go on too another patch. this saves endless time using a concrete mixer and the blasting kit does a far superior job (it's also more fun) The links look nice and clean afterwards, which is the whole point of the blaster. Also, there being no rust left, you won't dirty your nice off-white gambeson (thickly padded garment worn under armour)
You will also need a hood of some kind to protect yourself from all the grit flying about, goggles are not good enough. The grit goes everywhere you can imagine, even 15ft behind you so wear the proper clothing. I haven't tried it out on ordinary metal yet i.e. box section/round tubing etc., but I don't see why it wouldn't do a good job on that type of work as well. You may find it better to get a blasting cabinet as well, so as to not waste the grit so much, but check the CF/M of the cabinet first to see if your air compressor will be big enough to 'run' the cabinet properly.
I highly recommend this blasting kit for chain maille (medieval re-enactors take note) and other types of jobs that need sand/grit blasting, and would think that it would be very awkward to carry out this type of job without such a container as this.
UPDATE : I recently used this kit (December 2015) to clean one of my workshop vice's (a 6" mechanics Paramo) which was covered in dirty marks, paint splashes and rust on all bare metal surfaces, with excellent results. The original blue paint came off straight away and the extensive rust on the bare metal parts was left a dull 'clean' surface, ready for re-painting/greasing. This has turned out to be a very useful tool, but do use a compressor of adequate power to 'run' it. A compressor with 150LTR plus of air reserve would be even better than the one I use, giving a longer 'run' time.
My 100ltr compressor gives a 'run time' of about 45 seconds, before the motor kicks-in again. I have also found that very coarse grit (up too 3mm in size) will block the hose on a regular basis, so use only medium grit (up too 2mm max) which works well and without any blocking of the feed tube. Still highly recommended.