If you handle small DIY sandblasting projects, you may be considering buying a blasting cabinet. This purchase may leave you with deciding which compressors would be ideal for your needs. If you aren't sure what compressors would work for you, here are a few options that are available at most supply stories. Each of these compressors has their benefits and uses, and you may find that you may need more than one for your specific projects.
Duty Cycle Compressors
Duty cycle compressors are ideal if you have projects that need longer blasting times. This type of compressor will allow you to operate the compressors for a longer amount of time without overheating the entire unit. This type of compressor is larger and allows more air to flow through. This means you are getting a wider base of sandblasting, and you can keep up that flow of air longer with the same amount of power and distribution. Keep in mind, this type of compressor pushes the air slower than other compressors to help maintain the heat of the pistons in the compressor unit.
Piston Air Compressors
Piston air compressors are the most common compressor you will find. They are made up of two types of metal. In most cases, this compressor is made of aluminium for the pumps while the pistons are made of heavy-duty cast iron. There are several reasons for this, but the largest reason is that the cast iron can hold up to more pressure and heat over time than other metals. With this type of compressor, you will need to look at the pressure per ten minutes. This will be listed on the compressor and can tell you how high the quality is of the compressor and the work it can do.
If you are looking for a compressor that offers an eco-friendly edge, then hydrovane compressors may be ideal. They do offer a smaller carbon footprint both in manufacturing and in use. There are some key points to keep in mind with the hydrovane compressors. They do cost more initially. They counterbalance that with saving you money on energy use. The hydrovane compressor uses larger amounts of air than most other compressors. This may be a benefit for your blasting cabinets and sandblasting as a whole depending on the depth of the project.
If any of these compressors sound ideal for your needs, contact your local sandblasting supply dealer. They can help you with the options they have available. They can also suggest blasting cabinets that can accommodate various compressor options. If you have questions about delivery, installation, setup, or pricing, the supply representative can help.