Hi Everybody! Welcome to my blog about soda blasting, the environmentally friendly cleaning method that uses a form of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in place of other non-environmentally friendly, and health hazardous blasting medias like sand.
In my earlier postings, I explained what soda blasting is, what makes soda blasting such a unique cleaning process, and some basic information on air compressors. Once you understand how soda blasting works, it is much easier to appreciate why it is such an effective, and safe, cleaning method for many different types of jobs.
Today, I want to discuss some of the basics about soda blasting equipment, or soda blasters, and what you need to know to get the right setup for your soda blasting job or business.
There are two general kinds of soda blasters: soda blast cabinets and portable soda blasters.
A soda blast cabinet is a stationary enclosure that is typically used in shops, garages, and factories for specific kinds of work, for example, cleaning automotive parts like cylinder heads and carburetors; engine and transmission rebuilding; rapid prototype cleanup; pump and electric motor refurbishing; or any type of similar work.
A portable soda blaster can be moved to any location and is typically used for jobs like stripping paint from cars, trucks, boats, farm and industrial equipment; mold and fire/smoke damage remediation; graffiti removal; historic building restoration; cleaning food processing and preparation equipment; stone, brick, statuary and swimming pool cleanup; stripping various finishes from wood; cleaning anilox printing press rolls; cleaning various types of dies or molds; or any type of similar work.
The first step in picking a soda blaster is determining whether you need a soda blast cabinet or a portable soda blaster (or both) for your job or business. Once you do that, there are a number of different soda blasters on the market from low quality imports to very expensive rigs with all the bells and whistles. You can basically spend any amount of money that you want to spend on a soda blaster. The real question is “will this equipment function well enough to do my job in an efficient manner, and will this equipment last?”
Another important consideration is the level of customer support you will receive before and after you buy the equipment. Are you buying from a company that knows soda blasting equipment, and has experience in using that equipment for the type of work you want to do? What happens if you have a question or an issue pop up in the middle of a job? Are you out of luck, or can you call the company from the job site, and receive knowledgeable technical support to finish your work?
How easy is the equipment to use and maintain? Does it come with an easy to understand Operating Manual, or do you have to attend a class to figure out how it works? Can you maintain or repair the soda blaster yourself with your tools, or do you need to return the machine or call out a technician with special tools to do that?
All of these considerations are important in deciding what kind of soda blasting equipment is best for you.
I have had great results with soda blasters made by ACE Automotive Cleaning Equipment. I have used the ACE Model 2-PS Heavy Duty Portable Soda Blaster for years. It does a great job for me, is easy to use and maintain, and their technical support is top notch. It’s a great value for the money. Check it out.
I hope this helps you. In coming posts, I’ll discuss various soda blasting applications in detail, along with tips and ideas to help you with your cleaning project or business. Thanks for reading!
– The Sodablasting Guy