Abrasive Blast 101

What is Abrasive Blast?

Abrasive Blast is known by many names, and is most certainly not a new concept. Cyclone Manufacturing, too, has been around a long time and we have experience in all areas and applications of abrasive-blasting. Abrasive Blast can be called bead blasting, abrasive blasting, and is often spelled in various ways: media blasting, sandblast, sand blast, ddd, abrasive-blasting, etc. However you refer to it, we can help you with an application that suits your purpose. There are various types of abrasive blasters, abrasive blast cabinets, pressure blaster, and stand-alone siphon fed sandblast guns.

Siphon Fed Abrasive Blasters

Siphon fed abrasive blasters work by their namesake. Air, from a compressor, passes over an orifice that creates suction within the sandblast gun. That difference in pressure creates a vacuum that draws up the sandblast abrasive and forces it out the nozzle. This process is very efficient for removing undesirable matter from a desirable underlying surface. An example is preparing a car door's surface for painting. A abrasive blaster has the potential to remove old surface paint, surface rust, and then leave the metal ready for finishing touches!

Pressure Pot Blasters

Pressure abrasive blasters differ significantly from siphon fed abrasive blasters. Rather than a siphon action on the abrasive media, direct pressure is forced from a specially designed (and certified) steel tank and pushes the media out the nozzle. The resulting impact on the material quickly removes undesired material. Pressure abrasive-blasting, from Cyclone, is available in a portable model and one that is capable of integrating with a abrasive blast cabinet.

Abrasive Blast Hazards

The name says it all. "Sand" blasting. Combining pressure and projectiles is inherently dangerous and users should always refer to their instruction manual and use all necessary safety measures. It is always up to the end user to understand the dangers and take responsibility when using any abrasive blaster.

Abrasive Blast, historically, used sand as an abrasive. It was discovered that silica in the sand, broke down and could cause health issues if the users were exposed to the dust. Cyclone has never endorsed the use of sand containing silica and always provides access to Safety Data Sheets for the abrasives we supply.

No matter what solution you choose, ALWAYS be sure to read the manual thoroughly, understand what you are doing, and take all appropriate safety measures. Your safe use of any abrasive-blasting system is ultimately your own responsibility.

The Cyclone Difference

We manufacture and stand behind our media blasting equipment and supplies and want our customers to be happy. Be wary with cheaper units which are more prone to leaks and are unstable because of poor construction. Cyclone Manufacturing's media blast cabinets and dust collectors, are constructed from steel and welded and sealed. Lesser models succumb easier to leaking and expose the work environment to dust and debris.
Trust Cyclone with your project and you won't be disappointed. We are a company based in the USA, employ local families, and warranty our work.