How does a Blast Pot work?

After air enters the air line to go to the blast pot, it will go through a water separator to catch any excess water in the air. This should be emptied frequently so that it is not full and excess water does not end up going through the blast pot where it can decrease production and damage the system.

From the water separator, the air will go to the pressure regulator. While air is going through the system, the pressure should only be increased to the pot with the pressure regulator and should not be decreased. If you decrease the pressure while there is air in the system, sand or other media could go backwards in the system and damage the pressure regulator. If you find that you do need to decrease your pressure when you are blasting, you should turn off the air supply and depressurize the pot and then decrease the pressure. 

After the air goes through the pressure regulator, it then goes to the Supply Valve. The supply valve supplies air to the entire system. Some of the air will go to the main air line and some will go into the Blast Pot. 

The Choke Valve is located after the Supply Valve. The choke valve should be left open when the system is in use. The choke valve can be used to clear any clogged media. By using the choke valve, the main air flow is choked off and all of the air is pushed through the pot. With the pressure inside the pot higher than that of the main pressure, the media can be forced through and a clog in the line can be cleared. 

The Blast Pot is where the blasting media is located and stored. The pressure inside the Blast Pot needs to be the same as that in the main air flow in order for the system to work properly. As long as the pressure in the pot is the same as the main air flow, the media will be forced out of the pot properly through the Media Valve. 

The Media Valve is located underneath the Blast Pot. This valve controls the flow of media out of the pot and into the air line. The more open this valve is, the more media that will be added to the main air line. The media valve should only be in the completely open position when you are clearing a clog in the system, or if you are emptying the abrasive out of the pot. The media valve will join with the main air line to combine the air and the media. 

After the media valve and air line meet, the blast hose is connected to the system. The blast hose carries the air with the media to the nozzle. The best type of control for the nozzle is a deadman valve that will allow you to continue blasting as long as you are holding the switch down and will stop when you release the switch. 

The pressure relief valve is located between the air flowing into the blast pot and the pot itself. There is typically an exhaust hose attached to this. The pressure relief valve can be used to depressurize the pot in a pressure hold system. The pot should be depressurized when it is done being used, and when media is being added to the pot. Prior to using the pressure relief valve, the air supply should be turned off. 


Do I need to purchase an Air Dryer?

If the compressor you will be using has an integral after cooler, then you should not require an Air Dryer to operate your equipment efficiently. If you do not use an air dryer, the excess moisture in the air lines can ruin your equipment.

In order to determine whether or not you will require an Air Dryer, you will need to check the dew point for the equipment you are operating and the dew point from the compressor. If the dew point of the air leaving the compressor is higher than what the equipment should be operating at, you will need to purchase an air dryer.

There are several types of Air Dryers available for purchase, and the type you purchase will depend on your specific needs. The maximum pressure of the air dryer you purchase needs to be either the same or higher than the air compressor you are using. Likewise, the maximum air flow of your air dryer will need to be greater than that of your air compressor. We offer refrigerated air dryers that lower the temperature of the compressed air so that the water condenses and can be removed, and then reheats the air once it is dry. Using an air dryer will help keep your equipment running smoothly for a long time.


How much abrasive will be used?

The following chart illustrates the abrasive used for a 1/4" Nozzle at various air levels. If you have other size nozzles in question, please contact us.

PSI at Nozzle 50 60 70 80 90 100 125
Air (CFM) 47 54 61 68 74 81 98
Abrasive (lb/hr) 268 312 354 408 448 494 608
Compressor (HP) 11 12 14 16 17 18 22

How do HP compare to CFM?

HP CFM
10 46
25 100
30 125
40 150
50 200

How quickly will my order be shipped?

Once payment is received we do our best to ship equipment purchased out as quickly as possible. Blast Rooms will typically be ready to ship in 2 to 4 weeks. All other equipment will typically be ready to ship within 1 to 2 business days. Time of shipment will vary according to how quickly a truck is available from our carrriers.


What size media should I use?

Blasting media comes in many sizes, and the size needed will vary according to the type of finish desired. As a rule of thumb, the higher the number of the grit, the smaller the media. Therefore, a 180 grit will be a smaller and finer media than a 100 grit. The smaller the media, the smoother the finish. If a rough finish is desired then a larger media, lower number grit will best suit your needs. If a smooth finish is desired then a smaller media, and higher number grit will be your choice.


What type of abrasive media should I purchase?

The type of media you purchase will vary according to your application.

Aluminum Oxide is frequently used because it can be used many times and can serve for a variety of purposes. Aluminum Oxide can be used in surface preparation or finishing. This is the hardest sandblasting media available and will get jobs done quickly and is best for hard metal surfaces. Aluminum oxide does not produce a lot of dust, which also makes it a great media choice. This will have a matte type finish.

Glass bead can also be recycled, however, it is not as useful in surface preparation and is better suited for surface finishing. This media is not very aggressive and is not likely to damage parts being blasted.

Steel shot is another medium that can be recycled. This medium is not useful for stripping surfaces. Steel shot is best used for polishing surfaces.

Steel grit is also recyclable, and is best used for surface preparation and cleaning. Steel grit is also very useful for finishing, however it is more aggressive than some media types.

Corn cob media can be recycled, but not very much. Corn cob is not useful for preparing surfaces and does not have a strong finishing use and is best used for surfaces that are less hard.

Walnut Shells are another media that is not able to be recycled more than a few times. This does have some use in preparing surfaces, and it can be used for some finishing. Walnut shell is not likely to damage the item being blasted.

Plastic Media can be recycled many times and is best used for items that are softer. This media is very useful for stripping items such as cars, etc...Plastic media will not create as much heat as harsher medias and therefore it will not be likely to warp the surface being blasted.

Silicon Carbide is a very hard media and will strip items very quickly. This media can also be recycled many times, more than aluminum oxide or sand. This media is very good for surface preparation and finishing but should not be used on items that are softer surfaces as it can damage them.

Sand is a media that can be recycled and is useful for surface preparation and finishing. Sand is not overly aggressive but can damage parts that are softer. Sand is an inexpensive media but does produce a high amount of dust.

Baking Soda is another media that is useful in surface preparation. Soda will give a smooth finish free of any texture and is gentle on soft surfaces. Soda is not an aggressive media and will not remove heavy rust or corrosion. Soda cannot be recycled like some medias. This is NOT the baking soda found in your kitchen pantry.

Soda, Walnut Shell, and Corn Cob are environmentally friendly and biodegradable blasting medias. These are also some of the moste gentle and least expensive medias available. These are also not a very harsh media and are less likely to damage parts being blasted.


What size Nozzle do I need?

The size nozzle required is determined by the size of the compressor. Here are examples of the most commonly used nozzle sizes:

Nozzle I.D. 20 P.S.I. 40 P.S.I. 60 P.S.I. 80 P.S.I. 100 P.S.I.
1/4" I.D.  27 C.F.M. 41 C.F.M. 54 C.F.M. 68 C.F.M. 81 C.F.M.
5/16"I.D. 42 C.F.M. 64 C.F.M. 84 C.F.M. 106 C.F.M. 127 C.F.M.

What is the difference between Used and New/Surplus Equipment?

Used Equipment listed on our site has been used previously. All of the used equipment we purchase is serviced and checked over to make certain it is fully functional.  Our New/Surplus Equipment is brand new, never used equipment. This equipment was built at our facility prior to the sale of the new Titan product. The equipment for sale was surplus inventory that was left after we sold the new Titan business. All of this equipment is fully functional.


Pressure Hold vs. Pressure Exhaust Valves

A pressure hold valve will remain closed to keep the system pressurized when the deadman is relased until you release the exhaust valve manually. The pressure exhaust valve will typically be open and the system will depressurize as soon as the deadman is released. The pressure hold valve is far more cost and time effective because the system remains pressurized which decreases downtime. Media waste and costs to repressurize the system are also higher with a pressure exhaust valve.


Will I be able to run my Electric Compressor off of v220 volt electricity?

Most electric Air Compressors that are greater than 20 h.p. will require 3 phase electricity. This is an industrial/commercial electric and is NOT 220 volt single phase current. If you do not have access to 3 phase electricity and wish to purchase a compressor that needs 3 phase, you can purchase a phase converter through our company or others.


Blasting Pots 101

Selecting the proper system is essential in obtaining the ultimate production. The machines found within these pages are production type systems, not "homeowner" or occasional use machines. Please allow us the opportunity to select a system that is correct for your application. Prior to contacting us, some helpful suggested information will assist us in selection of a unit:

1. Available compressed air (c.f.m. or horse power) to dedicate to the blast system (if air is available).
2. Type of media to be utilized (if media type is confirmed)
3. Items to be blasted, I.E. size, rusted, new steel, etc...
General knowledge of your application prior to contacting us is extremely helpful in selection of a unit. Please contact us at (570) 286-4138

How much sand can my Blast Machine hold?

The capacity of a Sandblast Pot varies by size. A 6 cubic foot Blast Machine will hold 600 pounds of sand. Another example would be a 1.5 cubic foot Sandblaster will hold 150 pounds of sand.


Blasting Cabinets 101

Some experienced with blast equipment will be able to identify the proper machine for their application. However, should this equipment seem somewhat confusing to negotiate, or you are an admitted novice, please do not hesitate to contact our facility for suggestions, questions, or additional information. Selecting the proper system is essential in obtaining the ultimate production. The machines found within these pages are production type systems, not "homeowner" or occasional use machines. Please allow us the opportunity to select a system that is correct for your application. Prior to contacting us, some helpful suggested information will assist us in selection of a unit:

1. Available compressed air (c.f.m. or horse power) to dedicate the blast system (if air is available).
2. Type of media to be utilized (if media type is confirmed)
3. Items to be blasted, I.E. size, rusted, new steel, etc...
General knowledge of your application prior to contacting us is extremely helpful in selection of a unit.

Please contact us at (570) 286-4138.

What is the difference between a Siphon and a Pressure Blast Cabinet?

A Siphon Blast Cabinet is best utilized for semi production applications, whereas a Pressure Blast Cabinet is designed for greater production. A Siphon Cabinet utilizes a gun to siphon the media from a hopper to a gun. A Pressure Cabinet has a pressure blaster incorporated into the reclaim system and propels media under pressure towards the pressure. The Pressure Blast System is up to five times faster than a Siphon System.

How much sand can my Blast Machine hold?

The capacity of a Sandblast Pot varies by size. A 6 cubic foot Blast Machine will hold 600 pounds of sand. Another example would be a 1.5 cubic foot Sandblaster will hold 150 pounds of sand.


Blast Rooms 101

We offer a wide variety of Blast Rooms. Many of these rooms can be purchsed completely customized to suit your personal needs. All of our New/Surplus Rooms can be given any options you would like. On our New/Surplus Rooms you can select the size of the room, the floor, reclaim system method, lighting, and accessory equipment. You can also select whether or not to have a rubber lining, and choose between front or pass through doors. Rooms can be purchased with or without the operating equipment, and you can select the individual pieces of equipment from our site if you would like. The New/Surplus Blast Rooms are shipped disassembled, and will need to be assembled upon arrival. Training and assistance in assembly are available through our company and vary in price according to the individual needs. 

Some experienced with blast equipment will be able to identify the proper machine for their application. However, should this equipment seem somewhat confusing to negotiate, or you are an admitted novice, please do not hesitate to contact our facility for suggestions, questions, or additional information. Selecting the proper system is essential in obtaining the ultimate production. The machines found within these pages are production type systems, not "homeowner" or occasional use machines. Please allow us the opportunity to select a system that is correct for your application. Prior to contacting us, some helpful suggested information will assist us in selection of a unit:

1. Size of largest part - H x W x L
2. Type of media (if known)
3. Floor weight capacity
4. Compressed air avaiable (c.f.m.)
5. Finish required on blasted part
6. Hours per week of usage
General knowledge of your application prior to contacting us is extremely helpful in selection of a unit. Please contact us at (570) 286-4138


Recovery Systems 101

There are several options for purchasing Recovery Systems from our company. The Reclaim Systems are designed for use in a Blast Room, and are available in Vacuum style or Mechanical style. The Mechanical style Reclaimers will use an auger to recover media. A dust collector is included in the Media Reclaim system and is essential for its operation. The dust collectors used in a Media Reclaim system are typically cartridge type and it is best if these have an auto-pulse filter cleaning feature.


Dust Collectors 101

The Dust Collectors we offer can be bag style or cartridge style. Some options on dust collectors that should be taken into consideration when you are purchasing them are size needed, filter type needed, whether or not an auto-pulse filter cleaning will be best for your needs, or if a jet style collector is what you require.


Air Compressors 101

Electric air compressors are ideal for plant air applications, where the compressor is stationary and will not be moved. Blast cleaning is one of many obvious applications for required compressed air. Selection of the proper compressor is essential for a productive blast system. NOTE: Most electric air compressors above 20 h.p. require 3 phase electric, this is NOT 220 volt single phase current, 3 phase is industrial/commercial electric. To utilize a 3 phase compressor with 220 volt single phase requires a phase converter, available through our company or others.

Some experienced with blast equipment will be able to identify the proper machine for their application. However, should this equipment seem somewhat confusing to negotiate, or you are an admitted novice, please do not hesitate to contact our facility for suggestions, questions, or additional information. Selecting the proper system is essential in obtaining the ultimate production. The machines found within these pages are production type systems, not "homeowner" or occasional use machines. Please allow us the opprotunity to select a system that is correct for your application. Prior to contacting us, some helpful suggested information will assist us in selection of a unit:

1. Air required for your application: c.f.m. & p.s.i.
2. Available electric: 3 phase, 208, 230 or 480 volt available
3. Additional items utilized with compressor: I.E. grinders, machines, etc....and their consumption (if applicable)
General knowledge of your application prior to contacting us is extremely helpful in selection of a unit. Please contact us at (570) 286-4138.



Should I purchase an Electric or a Portable Air Compressor?


If you are purchasing an Air Compressor that you intend to leave in one location, and if you will have access to a power source, then an Electric Air Compressor will be the best for your needs. If the sandblasting that you will need to do will take place in multiple locations, or if you do not have a proper power source, then you will need a Portable Air Compressor.


Material Handlers 101

We offer several types of equipment for handling materials, these include Forklifts, Skidloaders, and Mini Excavators. Please note, battery chargers and propane tanks are not included in the sale of Forklifts. We do have Forklift chargers for sale.