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Old September 27th, 2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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I recently put together my Harbor Freight blasting cabinet and put 50 lbs of glass bead into it. Cleaned up the aluminum Holley Street Dominator intake really nice, so I decided to try it on the GW aluminum rims. Check out the pics of BEFORE and DURING blasting. AFTER pics to follow later.










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Old September 27th, 2009, 12:39 PM   #2
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I started blasting the stock steel Wide Track FSJ rims, which were donated for the Guatemalan GW build. Here's the pics ... more to come.

I'll be powdercoating them once they are cleaned up good.

I cut the fine blasting sand, which wasn't "cutting it", with Aluminum Oxide. So far I have about 15-lbs of AO cut into 100-lbs of sand. I may add the additional 9-lbs of AO I have left.

It is now blasting paint/rust off A LOT quicker.

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Old September 27th, 2009, 12:41 PM   #3
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Do you find out it is rough without a vac system hooked up to it?
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Old September 27th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #4
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Do you find out it is rough without a vac system hooked up to it?

Yeah, it helps to have the shop vac hooked up to it with a good filter installed. Otherwise, the air in the cabinet gets dusty pretty quick, WITH the aluminum oxide & sand mixture. The glass bead blasts fine with out the vacuum running.

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More pics from blasting away today ... more to come.

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So the harbor freight one has a provision to hook a shop vac to it?
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So the harbor freight one has a provision to hook a shop vac to it?
Yes, it's on the left end of the cabinet, with an air inlet on the backside, which pulls air down a channel inside.

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Wow, I didn't notice that. So from what you're saying, this is a fine cabinet, and there's no reason to spend the additional $650 on a "name brand" one?
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Wow, I didn't notice that. So from what you're saying, this is a fine cabinet, and there's no reason to spend the additional $650 on a "name brand" one?
Correct. I am about 80% pleased with it. I think it should blast "quicker", but adding the aluminum oxide to the fine sand has helped.

You're welcome to come over to check it out and test it out CC, if you'd like, to see what you think.

I have 5 sets of FSJ rims that I'll be cleaning up with it. Two sets of 15x8 steel WT rims. One set early 80's GW aluminum rims. Two sets of late model GW aluminum rims. I also have an aftermarket set of aluminum 6-lug Chevy rims I'll be cleaning up. All will be getting powdercoated at home, too!

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BTW, I just reviewed the cabinet on Harbor Freight's website and it says it's a 40-lb blasting cabinet. I currently have about 125-lbs of media in it. I wonder if I take about 60-lbs out, if it would blast any "better" (read QUICKER). I may try that tomorrow.

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Here's the link to the cabinet I have ...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93608

One thing I noticed, is that should you have the "need" to do longer parts, it should be fairly easy to bolt them in tandem, cutting the LH end out of one and then caulking/bolting the LH end to the RH side of the other.

When I bought mine, it was on sale at the Pontiac, MI store for $199. It is usually $299 in the store ($259 online).

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I had the same blaster a few years ago. Worked very well for what it is. We just bought a huge bad ass blasting cabinet for the shop, from Eastwood. I think the Harbor Freight one works way better. Ours even has the big vac system with it, and it still has just as much shit flying around in there as the H.F. one with a shop vac hooked up. GO figure.
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Hey everyone,
I got tired of it taking soooooooooooooooooooo long to blast stuff, that I ordered the Bad Boy Blaster foot pedal/gun assembly off of Ebay.

The Bad Boy Blaster gun is now installed ... and YES ... it truly is a Bad Boy!

At 60 PSI it blasts better than the PUNY harbor freight gun did at 125 PSI.

I ran 1/2" ID hose directly from the compressor to the foot pedal and up into the cabinet to the gun. 1/2" hose and fittings all the way.

It is now truly AWESOME!













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Old December 17th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #14
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just an FYI for the harbor freight gun.... look inside the pickup barb. Mine was clogging when I used Black Beauty and could not figure out why. I found out that half of the hole was blocked by left over casting. So I had to take my carbide bur and clean the hole out. Works great now.
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i have same one and it gets the job done
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Mine was clogging ... I found out that half of the hole was blocked by left over casting.

Thanks for the FYI on the HF gun.
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