Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Need a new tool
First, of course, is size. Make sure the largest part you want to do will be maneuverable in it, and still leave plenty of room to negotiate the nozzle around it.
Be sure the gloves are easily replaceable, and readily available. Some cheap cabinets have gloves that are not easily available to replace.
The glass will eventually need to be replaced, again, check how easy that is to do and buy. It should be tempered or laminated glass, so you cannot just run down to the local glass shop and have them cut you a piece. Avoid plastic! That will get fogged up so fast you will be replacing it often.
Most of all, be sure you have enough compressor to handle it! A decent cabinet will require either a pretty high HP compressor, or you will have to start and stop a lot while waiting for the pressure to build up. A decent cabinet should have the CFM requirement on it, get a compressor with at least 25% higher capacity at 90 PSI.
Other things to think about, will you always use the same abrasive? If not, how easy to dump and recharge with a different grade? Vent filtering? All that compressed air has to escape, make sure the exhaust is filtered well enough for the space you are going to use it in. Also, what is the filter, again easily replaceable/obtainable?
Some people get inexpensive tools etc. from places like Harbor Freight, only to find that parts are absolutely impossible to get. Consider these throw away tools, and if the price fits low useage, than maybe not a bad buy. For higher useage, where you may want to get parts, then check out parts availability BEFORE buying.
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