Sandblast Cabinet -- Skat-Blast

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Tools at the Asylum
Sandblast Cabinet

General Info
ModelDry Blast System, Side-entry Cabinet
Mfr. Specs
Training (experimental section)
Tool SpeciesMissing
(Includes rubric, training information, and testing information.)
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This page describes the Sandblast Cabinet located in the Welding Craft Area. It is owned by SCUL pilot MisDireX

What is it good for? Sandblasting is an excellent way to strip rust and paint from metal parts, and etch designs into metal, plastic, glass, and stone. It has little effect on resilient materials like rubber.

It is a Skat-Blast Dry Blast System Side-entry Cabinet S/N E017049 (model number unknown, no longer in catalog). It was made by TP Tools & Equipment. More details below under "Maintenance".


Trained Users Only

This tool requires training before you can use it.

Status and TODO list

As of May 2, 2012 it is operational. If you notice any problems with it, please contact


  1. get model number and link to manual



  • The parts you are sandblasting must be free of grease and oil.
  • Sheet metal may be deformed by sandblasting, try a test piece if possible.
  • Use the basket for small parts so they don't get lost
  • Any finely machined or polished surfaces will be abraded.

Preparing for Use

  1. First, check its state -- not everyone leaves tools in good condition:
    1. Check the STATUS section of this page and look for any signs on the cabinet.
    2. Check the filter in the shop-vac and clean it if necessary:
      • Remove the pleated filter from the vacuum - there is a hollow plastic ball inside it, be sure to put that back.
      • Clean the filter by holding it over a bucket or trashcan and tap it gently to dislodge the dust. DO NOT BRUSH or BLOW AIR through it.
    3. Drain any water that is left in the water separator near the air inlet.
    4. Check that the sandblasting gun and air gun are connected correctly.
      •  ??? meaning what?
  2. Connect to compressed air and electricity.
  3. Set the air pressure regulator -- NEVER above 125psi! Start with 60 or 80 psi.
  4. Load your parts into the cabinet through the side door.
  5. Turn on the switch on the front of the cabinet and blast away.
  6. Be SURE to follow the Shutdown procedure below when you are done.

Operation Do's and Dont's

Keep these instructions in mind when sandblasting:

  1. NEVER aim the abrasive stream at the gloves! They will eventually wear through.
  2. NEVER aim the abrasive stream at the glass window!
  3. Put very small parts in the basket instead of trying to hold them.
  4. Use the air gun to blow dust off your part before taking it out of the cabinet.


If there is a problem you cannot fix or you think the sandblaster needs expert attention, contact

No abrasive action

This is the most common problem; the abrasive action is weak or absent; you'll notice when it is working correctly. If there is no abrasive in the air stream, look for:

  • Are you using the plain air gun instead? The sandblasting gun has two hoses on it, the sand hose is the one connected near the tip.
  • Kinked abrasive hose to the sandblast gun
  • Loose or disconnected abrasive hose
  • Low level of blast media at the bottom of the cabinet - has it accumulated on objects above the grille?
  • The metal abrasive feed tube at the end of the abrasive hose can sometimes become clogged during extended use. If you notice the flow of abrasive decreasing, firmly tap the metal tube where it meets the flexible hose at the bottom of the blast area. For severe clogs, carefully remove the flexible abrasive hose and spray the air gun into the tube.
  • Check air pressure and adjust the regulator if necessary, but never more than 125psi

Gloves appear to be leaking

STOP, shut down, label the tool OUT OF ORDER, and contact

Cannot see what you are doing

There is a light inside the cabinet which turns on with the vacuum.

  • The protective cover on the inside of the window lens may be degraded. contact to get it replaced.
  • Is the shop-vac running and is its filter clean? It removes the dust from the air.


When you are done with the sandblaster, please leave it ready for the next user:

  1. Turn off the electricity and clean the shop-vac filter as detailed above under Preparing.
  2. Drain any water from the water separator on the air line.
  3. Turn the air pressure regulator down to 0
  4. Disconnect the compressed air line and electricity, restore them to where they belong.
  5. Clean up any abrasive dust which may have found it's way out of the cabinet and onto the floor or surrounding area.

Maintenance and Consumables

Maximum input pressure 125PSI

It is a Skat Blast Side-entry Cabinet M/N ? S/N E017049

Manufactured by:
TP Tools & Equipment
7075 State Route 446 P.O. Box 649
Canfield, OH 44406
fax: 330-533-2876
Staple Consumable: lens assembly inner+ outer
SpecificationsPart Number(s)Product Link(s)

Cost: N/A


TP P/N 6101-00

Staple Consumable: Lens overlay (outer lens protector)
SpecificationsPart Number(s)Product Link(s)

Cost: N/A

12" x 24" tempered safety glass

TP P/N 6101-02

Staple Consumable: Inner Lens protector
SpecificationsPart Number(s)Product Link(s)

Cost: N/A

10" x 21.75" x .0075" transparent mylar

  • inner lens Protectors (3pk) TP P/N 6101-03
  • inner lens Protectors (25pk) TP P/N 6101-0325
  • inner lens Protectors (50pk) TP P/N 6101-0350

Staple Consumable: Sand
SpecificationsPart Number(s)Product Link(s)

Cost: N/A


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