As mentioned in one of our previous blogs, blast hose is consists of 3 main components; an inner tube, braiding (reinforcement) and an outer cover.
Despite its wear resistant compound, the inner tube of blast hose is prone to wear over time. Some tubes have better wear resistance than others. Once the inner tube is worn, the next component to be affected will be the braiding. The braiding of blast hose is what is responsible for containing the air pressure. If the braiding starts to wear there is a possibility that the blast hose may explode, inflicting serious damage.
Since the introduction of our dustless blast pots, the frequent question of “Which method is better: dustless blasting or conventional blasting?” has been asked. We usually get a strange look when we reply with this unusual answer – neither! It is not possible to compare two methods of abrasive blasting when they have each been designed for separate, specific purposes.
For beginners, abrasive blasting (sandblasting) can initially seem quite overwhelming. A new operator is immediately bombarded with jargon related to air compressors, nozzle sizes, grit selection etc. Before you get too caught up in the more extensive setup of abrasive blasting, it is vital to take a step back and look at the first essential component – the compressor.