I have used a cabinet sand blaster, but the project I am working on won't fit in a standard cabinet. I am restoring some very rusty vintage VW seats out of a'64 beetle. This unit works just fine. There are literally no instructions though, just a parts list. Mine didn't work at first, until I figured out that the ceramic tip was pushed too far in, and was actually occluding the sand intake hole. I used regular play sand from Lowes, as Sears does not sell the official sand blasting stuff in the store. The play sand comes dried, and is cheap. It works great! I have blasted 4 seats so far, and only gone through about 25lbs of sand. Plan to wear a ski mask or the like, plus goggles, because there is a lot of flying stinging sand. There are no wheels on the unit, like pictured in the website...
I purchased this item in 4/06 and cannot get it to work properly. It does not accept the abrasives it advertises. I had to sun dry, bake in the oven and then sift the sand in order for it to pass through the gun. Then the gun would jam, leak air and every 15 minutes, I would have to disassemble the gun to clear it. It took over 3 hours to blast less than 1/3 of 6x6 column because it won't work if you point the nozzle downward and would clog if you point it upward. the rubber hose cracked after a few hours of exposure to the dry sand. I purchased a higher quality compressor to support this products claim but it still didn't work. I got about 20 minutes of actual work out of hours of use because of having to clean it out, shake the hopper every minute or so only to clog the rubber tubing. It is more hassle than a benefit. My advice is to spend more money on a quality product and don't waste your time.
The gun is model 875.167061
I just ordered several.
It works good for what it is. I put this gun in a HF blast cabinet and it was a noticeable improvement.
I hooked my 50lb sandblaster up and it did not work. So, after some experimentation, here is what I found to make it work very well. On the front of the reservoir tank there is a silver metal nipple connecting the reservoir to the out-going-sand hose. On the side of the nipple is a hole. This hole is very important and what you will use to adjust your compressor. You adjust your sandblaster just like you would adjust the rich/lean setting on a carburetor. The blaster works like this. Compressed air is fed up into the gun. In the gun, there is a chamber. The compressed air shoots through the chamber with a gap between a small metal jet and a larger diameter ceramic nozzle. Because of this gap between the jet and ceramic nozzle, and the size differences in the orifices, a vacuum is created in the chamber. This vacuum creates suction, which pulls sand from the reservoir into the gun chamber, which then mixes with the out-going air stream. Problems? If you feed too much air into the chamber, the air will not be able to exhaust fast enough through the ceramic nozzle and the excess air will be forced up the sand-from-the-reservoir tube, not allowing any sand into the gun chamber to blast with. The way to tell if you are feeding your blaster with too much air, is by the hole on the side of the metal nipple. If air is exhausting out of the side hole, then your air pressure is too high. If your air pressure is neutral, then there will not be any air coming out the side hole in the nipple, or going in. If your air pressure is just right, there will be a vacuum on the hole which tells you the ratio is correct. Put your finger over the nipple side hole to feel the air and adjust your air pressure according. My instruction sheet says the blaster needs 90 lbs of pressure. My blaster will not work @ 90 lbs, but with a consistent pressure of 70 lbs, it works very well. Without a consistent flow, if I just go with the pressure range of the compressor turning on and off, the kick-in pressure and the shut-off pressure present a range too wide for the blaster. I need to hold steady at 70 lbs. I am using 30/60 Black Diamond blasting medium (coal ****) and getting excellent results. Water contamination needs to be avoided. My pressure gauge @ 70 lbs may not be accurate so adjust your pressure by what is happening at the hole in the side of the nipple, and I suspect your blaster will work well. And one more thing, occasionally I would get a little water up in the gun, which would stop the sand flow. So, I took the reviewer ?Oldvolks? suggestion and pulled my ceramic nozzle out so it now protrudes three sixteenths past the end of the gun. This made a big difference in the amount of suction at the side hole in the nipple (and in the gun) which almost eliminated the problem of water plugging up the system. In a half hour of blasting, I had to put the tip of the gun against something and pull the trigger, to back flush the sand tube about three times because of water contamination, but that takes seconds and the entire system now works better than I ever expected. Good luck. The only reason I gave it a 4 star rating instead of a five star rating, is because the instruction sheet was grossly inadequate so I had to figure out the above by myself, with the help of other reviews.
I bought this sandblaster, along with approved sand for it called black beauty. I tried to use the blaster with a BRAND NEW 60 gallon air compressor and it did nothing. I used all three tips and still. nothing.. It wouldn't even remove cheap spray paint let alone rust!! Do not waste your money, thinking you're getting a good deal... you are not!
I needed a sandblaster to strip down my wheels. The last time I used one was over twenty years ago and I rented it. After seeing all the positive reviews I was excited so I rushed down to Sears to purchase one because the price was so low! I knew my little noisy air compressor would not be enough so I used my step-dad's giant garage version. The only way it attempts to do anything is by pulling the trigger back and forth repeatedly, until you will need carpal tunnel surgery. If you have a lot of time to waist for very little progress then this is for you. If anyone has some advice about getting this to work better feel free to offer it. Thanks
I just purchase this item. First time use, it did not work. Bought proper sand from local supplier, read all instructions, Spent two hours trying to get to work properly. I have a brand new 80 gallon tank that should be more than enough to power this. It would not spray properly. It was good at blowing air but that's about it. Allen bolt on side of gun cracked housing after tightening for 3rd time, roll pin fell out of trigger and it doesn't blow sand like it should. I even switched to different sized tips, no change in performance. I can't believe craftsman even sells this. It's junk!!!
Easy to setup and use, works well and doesn't take alot of sand, only thing better would if they included a cloth hood to protect your face and eyes,.
I bought this to work on the frame of a 1975 Honda CB 360. Set was really painless, and in short order we were workingf on getting teh old paint off of the frame. We had to drain teh water out of the air compressor at first. We hadn't drained it out in a while, but after that it fed fine and we were blasting along.
This sandblasting unit works great if you are set up properly. A little 20 gallon air compressor isn't going to cut it. Sandblasting take A LOT of air!!
I use extra-fine Black Beauty as my blasting media and it's been working excellent so far.
Also, yes, the nozzle (matter of fact, the whole gun) is junk. That's why I only gave a 3 star rating. This setup would be vastly more efficient and reliable if the nozzle didn't need adjusting and if the gun itself didn't wear out so quickly.
Bottom line: Decent for the money and for small to medium sized projects. If you do large projects or a lot of sandblasting, find a model with a better gun.
Have had this for a number of years now (over a decade) and it is about time to replace the hose. It has always done the job for me, although it needs to be refilled often to finish. A smaller diameter tip makes the sand last a bit longer and will even increase the pressure. Great for small to medium jobs, easy to set up, use and store.
Bought this for a small automotive project I'm working on. This was my first home attempt at sandblasting as I've always used one at work or at school. It does a great job for it's size and I love the portability. Instructions were light, but once I got the nozzle adjusted correctly I had a blast...
I bought this item in stores and took it home to begin sandblasting chipped paint and rust spots on car parts to prep them to be painted again. This was my first time ever operating a sandblaster and i can say from my little experience that it is easy to disassemble and unclog any jams. Speaking of jams, i too have run across the problem where it would spray for a few seconds stop, spray, stop. The problem is that the sand gets clogged up right before the ceramic nozzle. The solution? I simply pushed the ceramic nozzle so it sticks about 2-4 cm. out of the gun itself. Now the sandblaster fires non stop with a nice big spray size. I have half the reccomended SCFMs in my compressor and it still works well, you just have to wait until the motor build the pressure back up again before you continue spraying. A definite buy for the low price.
Years ago I bought the 100-pound version of this sandblaster at a Sears online closeout sale. The difference between the 100-pound version and the 50-pound version is the size of the hopper. I doubt that I have ever loaded more than 25 pounds of media in mine at any one time.
I have used mine several times a year since I have owned i, and it does its job as well as any other gravity/siphon fet unit I have used
I use it for items that wont fit in my fairly small blast cabinet. For the most part I use playground sand that I can buy at most large building supply places. Loading the sand can take time trying to pour it through thescreen in the top of the hopper as the playground sand isn't screened quite as fine as the mesh in the top screen. It will tend to fill up with the larger particals and slow way down the loading process. Pre-screening the sand into a 5-Gallon bucket helps this process quite a bit.
You really need to wear goggles, a heavy long sleave shirt, leather gloves and a breathing mask when using the Sand Blaster. I use my welding gloves to protect my hands from the back blast. Sand will go everywhere, so plan accordingly. I usually lay down a plastic tarp in the kids sandbox, that way I can recover some of the used sand for reuse. Also use an air compressor that has sufficient volume and air flow. Otherwise it will take all day waiting for the air pressure to build up in the air tank, and you could overheat a small air compressor.
The manual says you can drill and etch glass with this tool using the proper masking, media and air pressure. I haven't tried that yet.
The only part I have had to replace so far is the hose, and I found an old piece of garden hose works pretty well for that.
The biggest drawback is that using it blows sand everywhere. So plan accordingly.
Sandblaster kit worked well. This sandblaster took off paint and mild rust which a wire bristle brush on a 2000 rpm air drill wouldn't make a dent in. I used it with a 30 gallon 5cfm air compressor at 90psi - wouldn't try to use it with anything smaller. I found I was able to blast for about 2 minutes then had to pause for the air compressor to refill the tank so I would have the right air pressure to effectively . Dryer for the air line is a must too. Before I added the dryer to the air line the blast media would clog in the gun. After adding the air line dryer I didn't have any clogging problems. I used black beauty blast media 60-80 grit and it did a very good job. The gun was very easy to take apart to clear any clogs or to change the nozzle or the ceramic tip. I was blasting all the paint and rust off both sides of two 16"x5' perforated steel planks. I used less than 50lbs of blast media per plate. The included screener made it easy to re-use blast media.. just pour it back in and let the screener catch anything which was too large and would cause a clog.
Was very easy to set up, use, and did exactly what it said it would do.
This sandblaster works very well. Had trouble getting it to feed at first, but cut 3' of hose off and now it works as it should. Shoots sand and walnut with no issues. I would recommend this product for it's price and ease of use.
pretty good sandblaster need at least 75psi medium has to be completely dry and if not gun will always clog
The directions for this unit are mostly warnings. The thing simply does NOT work. Shame on you Sears for selling such a very poorly made piece of equipment
<p>Great for a small home sand blaster. You do have to unscrew tip to make it work. Unscrew and make sure white tip also pulls out. Don't forget a face shield or you will be eating sand. You'll feel the sand stinging your face when it bounce back. Work way better than I though. Work the money. Beats sanding by hand.</p>
<p>In this suburban area near Ottawa the town has a whole town garage sale each year. So I went yesterday not sure what I might find, low and behold I found a small pressure washer, two man tent and a portable Sears sandblaster.</p>
<p>Dutifully looking it up in Google I found myself on the Sears page and the comments about the product. Having picked up tools at garage sales for years I found as others have notes that the tool needs to be checked over thoroughly and then adjusted properly, the part about air volume is also critical to the function of the sand blaster.</p>
<p>I need a sand blaster because I am restoring a 16 ft cargo trailer, as I did not have a sand blaster then I sanded and ground down to solid metal more concerned with loose rust and paint and used Rustoleum Damp Proof primer. This paint is industrial and has ingredients one should not breath so I painted outside with a wind. This paint is designed to put over rusty areas and when topcoated has a very long life like Sears Tools.</p>
<p>However I have four rims that are dirty and have a bit of rust and contemplate using the sandblaster to clean them off. I think it will also come in handy for other small jobs around my shop like my snowblower another Sears product!</p>
<p>Until I try it I cannot make any comment on the efficiency but it expect it to work well as with any other Sears toll I have. I would strongly suggest more information to come with tools in relation to care and use, adjustment and repair. This would be extremely useful online as a resource for garage sale people like me as the manuals have normally been lost.</p>
<p>I will write another review when I try out the unit, my expectations are having to wait because my compressor is quite small.</p>
<p>One other point I would make very strongly to protect people who do not know better. One should use a full mask with eye protection that covers the mouth and filters for hazardous materials, not only because of the silica (sand is silica oxide) but because there may be lead or other elements in the surface you are cleaning. Also never put your hands near your face and take a shower afterwards to get rid of any particulates, these may be silica or microscopic bits of sharp metal or dried paint. Your heath including eyesight cannot be replaced and can get damaged rather quickly.. </p>
<p>I bought this to pair with my Ingersoll Rand Garage Mate continuous duty compressor, and regardless of nozzle size or psi, this unit would just clog the tube and not even spray. When I was in the sears store I noticed the $29.99 "sand in a bucket" version is the same exact gun and nozzle without the $30 add-on for the black plastic sand container this unit comes with. See how poor the reviews are for the $29.99 version, and it's no wonder this is no better...pure chinese junk. Sears, we want to buy American and support America!!!</p>