A sandblaster gun is a powerful tool and is used to direct abrasive media at a surface.  Additionally, a sandblaster gun is also known as a blast cabinet gun and also a sandblasting gun.  It’s all the same thing.  The gun itself comes in a variety of shapes and configurations.  Some are controlled at the gun and others by foot pedals or other valves.  In this brief article we will explain what this means for the user and how the sandblasting guns can be used.  First, we will talk about the various types of sandblaster guns.  Thereafter, we will break down the components of the guns.

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Sandblaster Guns:  Trigger or No Trigger?

Shown in the picture at the top is a lineup of the most basic sanding guns.  As you can see, one has a trigger (2nd from the left), the rest do not.  A trigger controlled sandblasting gun is an easy to use option.  In a trigger operated gun, the abrasive media flow starts and stops via pulling and releasing the trigger.  To clarify what we mean by, “the abrasive media flow”, check out our What is Sandblasting article.

Sandblaster Gun and User Fatigue

Finally, when it comes to a trigger operated gun, user fatigue can be an issue for some.  This reason is because some users sandblast for extended time periods, holding a trigger all day can be tiresome for the person’s hands.  As a result a gun operated via foot pedal control may be a better option for certain users.

Pedal Operated Sandblasting Guns

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Photo:  A sandblasting gun foot pedal with air supply hose.

There are many reasons for user fatigue, but foot pedal operated sandblaster guns offer another advantage for other users as well.  Certainly, the user has more control over the blast stream.  As shown below, the images compare the trigger gun and foot pedal operated gun.  For our discussion we can simply call the foot pedal operated gun the nozzle holder.  In other words, it is the end that the abrasive media comes out.

Sandblasting Gun: Nozzle Holders & Pickup Hose

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Sandblast Gun Nozzle Holder

14 CFM Ceramic Nozzle

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Sandblast Gun Nozzle Holder 

25 CFM Tungsten Carbide Nozzle

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Sandblast Gun Nozzle Holder

35 CFM Tungsten Carbide Nozzle

Sandblast Gun Foot Pedal Operation

Shown above are three variations of a sandblast gun that operates via foot pedal.  First, the foot pedal is a “switch” that sits between the air supply and the gun.  Depressing the foot pedal “switches” the air on.  Next, as you may guess, releasing the pedal “switches off” the air supply.

The Pickup Tube

Air enters the gun it draws media up a special tube (pickup tube).  The tube connects to the guns on the pipe shown on the first two photos and the bottom barb in the last photo.  There is more information available on how the physics of this behavior here.

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Holding a Blast Cabinet Gun

Holding a Blast Cabinet Gun

In this set of pictures you see a variation of how to hold a blast gun.  Certainly, how the user holds the blast cabinet gun is as unique as the user.  Additionally, grip can change even during use to accommodate the part, part placement, and user comfort.  Finally, an individual will find their own grip on the blast gun to suit their own uniqueness.  It becomes an art!

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We understand there is a lot more information associated with sandblasting guns.  Next, as we continue our entries we intend to tackle the nozzles, orifices, and other details too.  Additionally, when you think about getting into a sandblaster cabinet please trust Cyclone with your business.  Most importantly, have 40+ years in this industry and want customers for life, not just a sale.  Finally, we stand behind our equipment and our customer service is always ready to help along the way.  Stay tuned for more coming soon.