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Old 12-04-2007, 06:38 PM
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Pablaster, anyone?

I would like to know if any of you have ever made a pablaster, pressure assit blaster from plans from this web site, http://www.pablaster.com/

I would like to know if you liked it and if it really worked as good as this guy, and others I have found on the net, say it is. I have a syphon feed blaster in a 6' X 6' X 5' steel enclosure. It works pretty good but my compressor runs constantly when using it. I want to revamp the whole system and if this works I would incorporate it in the new system. I already have a newer, bigger compressor but haven't used it much.
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Hasn't anyone used one?
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I use a pressure assist blaster; it works 500 times better than my siphon feed blaster
The comp still works but you get more results faster. Less wasted air.
It takes much less time to remove paint,rust,ect ect
I bought mine from HF, the smaller of the two they have, under $60. I can blast for approx. 15-20 mins before I have to refill, but that gives the comp a rest.
I'm very happy with it
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I would be interested also if it works. I may spend the 10.00 to find out.
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Yeah, for $10 it's worth a try. I just wanted to see if anyone on the board used his plans. I thought with the number of member who do all of their own mechanical work on their trucks and other projects there had to be someone here who had used it.

I'll have to take a look at the one at HF.
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I'm not sure exactly what it is, I went to the site but shows no pictures, I'm lost without pictures
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I just was at one my neighbors tonight, He happened to have one that he built, he used a empty LP tank, the tank a few ball valves and some pipe and fittings and rubber hose, you will need to weld one bung in the bottom of the tank..
Why pay $10... Go to the Harbor Freight web site and you can download the manual which has pics, from there its pretty simple.
Let me see if I can put together some plans, from mine, I'll get back to yas
if anyone is interested
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How big of a tank? I have my old fuel oil tank out back just itching to be used for something. I thought at first of making a blasting cabinet out of it, but a 250 gallon pa blaster would be ultra cool.
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what I have,and seen is more like a portable LP tank maybe 30- 40lb tank
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I bought one at HF years ago, I don't use it too often but when I have used it it has performed well. Clean sand/media is a must! Here's the link for those interested...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95014
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For anyone doing their own blasting, I see Northern Tool now carries a number of different blasting media including soda, walnut shell and plastic.
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I am not trying to be cheap and get a free drawing of the system, the guy with the drawings is only asking $10 for them. It's not going to break me to cough up the $10. I am just interested in if this system works and if anyone he has built one.

From the pictures on the HF website it look like a regular pressurized blaster. Is this what a pressure assist blaster is?

I have a five foot high galvinized water pressure tank I saved from the dumpster about two years ago with the intension of using it for a blasting system. It sounds like it would be a good candidate for the PABlaster system. I would guess it's about a 20 gallon tank so it will hold a lot of media. I currently use Black Beauty slag for my blasting. It works fairly good with my simple syphon feed blaster. I get it at the local hardware store for $8 for a 100# bag.
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I am not trying to be cheap and get a free drawing of the system, the guy with the drawings is only asking $10 for them. It's not going to break me to cough up the $10. I am just interested in if this system works and if anyone he has built one.

From the pictures on the HF website it look like a regular pressurized blaster. Is this what a pressure assist blaster is?

I have a five foot high galvinized water pressure tank I saved from the dumpster about two years ago with the intension of using it for a blasting system. It sounds like it would be a good candidate for the PABlaster system. I would guess it's about a 20 gallon tank so it will hold a lot of media. I currently use Black Beauty slag for my blasting. It works fairly good with my simple syphon feed blaster. I get it at the local hardware store for $8 for a 100# bag.
Bob,
Pressure Assist/ Pressurized, same concept. You can build to what ever size suites you, just be sure you have enough air and time to presurize what ever size tank you use. the tank itself just needs enough presure to push the abrasive out into the higher pressure air stream.

The pressure system works very well, I highly recomend there use.

I will refrane from any drawings, I was only tring to share information.
certainly not insinuating any cheapness on anyones part.
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One thing that has always annoyed me about the HF blaster I have is the small fill neck. (You can see it in the link in a prior post)..

one I wish I had bought (well, for 4 times the cost at least!) is the Texas Blaster.

the big funnel top, and the pull up cork make for fast fill..

They also have some great info on air volume requirements in the specs section.

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I will refrane from any drawings, I was only tring to share information.
certainly not insinuating any cheapness on anyones part.
Mike,

I would appreciate a drawing if possible. No way was I trying to insinuate anything on my part. I get a lot of information from the board along with trying to provide information if I have it. I just wanted to make it clear I wasn't posting to get around paying the guy $10, and trying to weasle a drawing from someone who has. Go ahead and post your drawing. I am sure there are a few others who also would be interested in seeing what it is all about. I appologize if I came off as rude, did not intend to be that way.


Sam,

What you stated is another reason I asked the question about the PABlaster, is there anything you would do better. I plan to build my own system from parts I have and can get from the local farm and/or home supply store. I would like to have as big of fill hole as possible, maybe a 4" threaded plug with a funnel collar.
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