Whether you are working through a home renovation, automobile rebuild, or other DIY project, there is one piece of equipment that will always make some parts of these types of jobs easier: a sandblaster. While most typical consumers know how beneficial a sandblasting machine can be, many have no idea how to go about getting the right model for their particular needs. The key to feeling the most comfortable with this piece of garage equipment is to ensure you have the right model so you can perform the types of tasks you need. Here is quick look at a few questions you need to ask yourself before buying a sandblasting machine to ensure you are getting the right one.
How big will the typical sandblasting tasks you perform be?
This is an important question because size is a huge decision to be made when shopping for a sandblaster. There are an array of different sizes from which to choose and each model coincides better with a specific setting or usage. However, you should also use the answer to this question to determine the size of the hopper you need. The hopper on a sandblaster is what houses the sand or particles that will feed the machine while it is in use. Of course, for larger projects, a larger hopper will make the task simpler because you will not have to stop to feed in more sand every little bit.
Do you prefer an electric-powered or fuel-powered sandblasting machine?
While the fuel source you choose for your sandblaster is really a matter of preference, you will also have to take into account the fact that fuel-powered sandblasters tend to be a little more powerful, but they can also be a little more expensive to operate than an electric-powered version. If you do go for a fuel-powered sandblaster, make sure you take the size of the fuel tank into account. If you will be performing large-scale jobs, it will be useful to have a larger fuel tank.
Will you be performing sandblasting tasks in one primary setting?
If you are like most consumers, a simple sandblaster set up in your garage will suffice for the majority of tasks you intend to perform. However, if you will be hauling your sandblaster to other locations, portability of the model will be highly important. There are portable sandblasting machines that have caster wheels for maneuverability and are much less bulky and hard to move around because they are usually lighter in weight or even easy to disassemble.
Buying a sandblasting machine could be one of the most important investments you ever make in your DIY efforts, regardless of what those tasks you usually tackle may be. By taking the time to determine which model is right for you early in the buying process, you will be much more likely to be satisfied with the end result.