ALC Pressure Abrasive Blaster - 90-Lb. Capacity, Model# 40002
Deadman valve does not function well
Overall this sandblaster is good quality so far as tank, valves, hoses. The one problem I did experience is the rubber block on the deadman would not contact the end of the nozzle to restrict air flow. Replacement nozzle is of same length so it's not the nozzle. I drilled out the frame of the deadman handle to relocate the 'hinge bolt' further back to allow the rubber block to contact the nozzle end. With contact the seal is still minimal, as if there is not enough spring pressure in the handle to effectively shut off air flow (without closing a block valve). I am disappointed with the poor design of the deadman valve.
June 7, 2014
Gnarly little blaster
I've had siphon blasters in the past and they do not hold a candle to this pressure blaster. The blaster works as well as the one in the video and is well worth the price.
June 6, 2014
ALC 90 lb. abrasive blaster #40002
I bought this unit in order to prep several items for paint. Knowing better than to buy the cheapest unit I could find and after doing a lot of research I settled on this one. I feel that the price is good for the quality of product. The footprint is small so it stores easy and being on wheels moves to were you need it. Currently I am running it off a Northern Tool 30 gallon 24 cfm gasoline engine compressor and it works great. The only thing that I would like to see a little different is the blasting hose to be a couple feet longer but that is not a big deal as I will just get a longer one when it wares out.
June 4, 2014
Great sand blaster
I got this sand blaster from Northern about 20 years ago. The model has not changed at all. I use 500-1000 lbs of sand per year in it and have never had a problem with it. You need a 5 to 7.5 hp 2 stage compresor to run it, and clean dry sand. If it broke today I would buy another one just like it.
February 4, 2014
you get what you pay for
originally I bought a cheaper media blaster even though I knew better. The price was so cheap that I could not talk myself out of buying it. If you've watched the video, it works just as well for me. Sift your media and use a dryer. I have a sharpe dryer on my compressor, but that wasn't enough. I connected another dryer inline that I use as a safety dryer when I am painting and that corrected the problem. Don't make the same mistake I did. Spend a little more money and get a blaster that is made in the USA and works like it is supposed to.
August 21, 2013
sandblaster works well
I am very happy with the power of this unit when connected to a large enough air supply. I hooked up two small compressors to get enough CFM. A large one is on my wish list. You need to adjust the flow of material to not overwhelm the air supply, but then it really blasts. My set up requires letting the air catch up but that's not a bad thing anyway. I bought the water separator and am glad I did. Humid air makes wet, clogging sand. I use silica sand that costs $4 per hundred lb bag at local lumber yards. Other abrasives are available, but then recycling them becomes important. Sand is great for outdoors work where recycling would be difficult.
The hood works but will need a regular replacement of the plexiglass window. A dust mask , leather gloves, and long sleeves are required! The material hose is fairly short, but a longer one is expensive, so moving the pot close to the work is required. I am glad I didn't buy a smaller rig.
June 13, 2011
What a champ!
This is my first sandblaster, and I did TONS of research. This is the cheapest blaster that comes with the large nozzle tip. A MUST if your going to even blast 4 rims for a vehicle. I have done 10hrs of blasting and have yet to wear out the tip. Also I can not see an signs of the hose wearing out. Remember to use Teflon tape on EVERYTHING!
March 12, 2011
Serves Its Purpose Well
This thing has mostly good capacity for small jobs. Its smaller size means the pressure builds up quick. My 80 gallon/5hp (running hp, not peak) compressor has no trouble keeping up with it for extended periods of time. I've owned it for 3 years now, and it hasn't started rusting anywhere. All the fittings are still solid and nothing has ever needed maintenance.
If you get it pre-assembled, make sure and tighten the fittings everywhere before first use. If you have to assemble it yourself, don't forget to use Teflon tape everywhere.
August 30, 2010
GREAT LITTLE BLASTER
This blaster for it's size works great on small and large jobs. It is easy to move around and very easy to use. The tips last longer than my old blaster tips by more than 10 to 15 hours. I use garnet, which is hard to get in the small town near home so I recycle as much as possible and the blaster handles it with no problem.
May 31, 2010
I bought this blaster for use in my car restoration hobby. I had taken a 1964 Pontiac down to the bare frame and wanted to media blast the frame and other parts. I have used nothing but glass bead in the blaster and it has performed flawlessly. I did take the advice of others and added an air/moisture separator. It has never clogged and makes the restoration cleaning of parts a snap. I would not hesitate to recommend this unit for glass bead blasting.
November 2, 2009