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Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby smallbitz » Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:16 pm

I have a HF sandblasting cabinet with a dust collector and compressor. I just love it, but when I have to work for any serious amount of time, I find that my hand gets pretty tired squeezing the gun.

Does anyone know where I can get a foot pedal? Also, how complicated is it to install?

Thanks!

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Barbel » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:19 pm

Harbor Freight, works like a charm!
Have fun with it, much better than the pistol grip,
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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby jim burchett » Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:37 pm

Don't see a foot switch listed on their site...do you know the #?
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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Tony Smith » Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:51 pm

Foot pedals are usually only available for siphon blasters. That's not what you want for a pressure pot. Glastar used to sell the foot pedal and valve that they use on their pressure pot separately, but I don't see it listed on their website. You might give them a call and ask.

Rayzist sells their version of the pressure pot foot pedal and valve, but it's pricey.

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Barbel » Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:02 pm

bought mine several years ago, have not checked since then
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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Marty » Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:46 pm

Glastar's is still available, buried somewhere on their website. It requires some maintenance though- you have to keep on top of changing the diaphragm when the air won't shut off and it's good to keep an extra teflon body around. Otherwise it's a great unit for a pressure pot system.

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby smallbitz » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:13 am

Thanks for the info. I'll check out the Glastar site and see if I can find out more about what they have to offer.

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Rick Wilton » Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:54 pm

http://ikonicsimaging.com/wp/store/prod ... ies-parts/

These guys sell a foot pedal that operates a pinch valve. I've been using this system for a years and really prefer it to the old rayzist diaphragm setup.
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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby smallbitz » Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:29 pm

Rick - is it the CrystalBlast replacement foot pedal?

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Rick Wilton » Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:53 pm

Yes, I use a this pedal.

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with this valve

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These work with pressure pots NOT SIPHON.

They do also have the valve MArty was talking about

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby smallbitz » Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:30 pm

Great. Thanks!

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby jim burchett » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:57 pm

Ditto
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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Tony Smith » Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:00 am

Nice!!! I hadn't seen the pinch valve commercialized before. This is a great source for parts.

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Marty » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:09 am

Tony and Rick- The pinch valve has the same function as the diaphragm in Glastar's unit? How about longevity and cost of replacement?

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Don Burt » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:56 am

I had a footswitch connected to my pressure pot. It worked ok. I disconnected it though. Too many tubes tangling around and points at which clogs could occur. Instead I put my pressure pot on a stand, with the abrasive shutoff valve close by my right arm, so I can adjust it quickly. Still not a perfect solution.

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Rick Wilton » Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:36 pm

I've been using there pinch valve for over a couple years and finally did wear out one of the gaskets. It cost $37.00 to replace the bladder, I believe these bladders last a lot longer than the old diaphragm as in the old system the abrasive had to take a 90 degree turn bouncing off the diaphragm causing wear and tear. On my valve the bladder is completely out of the way and lets the media flow freely through the valve.
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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby lmartine » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:17 pm

Rick,

The body of the pinch valve that you suggest seems to be made out of plastic while those found here:

http://www.akopinchvalves.com/threaded-union-end.html

are made out of aluminum. I was told that it does matter for our application. Any thoughts?

Lucie

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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby Rick Wilton » Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:20 pm

The abrasive NEVER comes in contact with any of the housing. It flow directly into the pinch membrane, while I suppose the aluminum would be a better material it may be unnecessary.

If pricing is comparable I'd likely go with the aluminum as it'll likely last longer. You need to untread both ends of the housing to change in the bladder and the plastic will wear out long before the aluminum would.

Any idea about pricing of the aluminum?

Thanks,
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Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Postby lmartine » Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:58 am

Same as yours. They quoted me US$149 for:

Pinch Valve, 1/2", direct air operated, union end socket
Housing: aluminum;
Sockets: 1/2" NPT zinc plated carbon steel;
Sleeve: abrasion resistant natural rubber;
Temperature: up to 175 Deg. F;
Product pressure: up to 90 psi;
Control air connection: G1/4";
Control air pressure: up to 120 psi

Extra rubber sleeve at US$38

Lucie


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