I keep getting asked about these sandblasters that have a vacuum cleaner connected to it. Basically, it’s a vacuum system similar to a shop vac that is configured to the sandblaster, and its main purpose is to suck the abrasive back to a container on top of the blaster. This way you don’t need a sandblasting cabinet.
It is a very nice setup because there is almost no mess. Sure, it will still create some dust and spit out abrasive, but it is amazingly cleaner.
Usually the vacuum hose connects onto the nozzle, and has a bristle brush that surrounds it to prevent abrasive from escaping.
Now where do you find these Vacuum Sandblasters?
I have only seen a few places that have sold them, but one place that I remember is called Etchmaster. This was a company created by a recognized glass etching instructor named Norm Dobbins.
Update: I have actually made my own sandblaster vac unit for the pressure pot system which is sometimes called a on-site sandblaster (See picture above). I wrote plans on how to make it easily and inexpensively here: http://www.sandblasterinfo.com/sandblaster-manual/on-site-plans/
If you have seen other places that have it, let me know in the comments section below.
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