3 top tips to maintain shot blasting equipment

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When it comes to cleaning and preparing surfaces, etching surfaces and removing rust, scale or other forms of oxidation, shot blasting is a highly effective and economical option.

Blasting machines propel abrasives (at high speed) in a controlled manner at surfaces to remove contaminants, such as rust, paint, pollution, and other coatings. That said, your machinery can go through a lot on a daily basis, so it’s important that you are taking the necessary steps to protect it against premature wear and tear.

Here we offer a few simple – yet effective – maintenance tips to help you prolong the lifespan and efficiency of your shot blasting equipment.

1. Schedule routine checks

The main components of your shot blasting equipment should be inspected frequently to ensure that there are no visible damages. It’s also good practice to get into the habit of checking the condition of parts in the shot blaster as these will need replacing in time.

Armed with the appropriate blasting inspection equipment, if a problem arises, you will be aware of it and can take the necessary action to resolve the issue before it escalates into something bigger (and more expensive!).

2. Make sure that mechanical parts are lubricated often

Before you start shot blasting, you must ensure all driving parts of the machine are working as normal and are properly lubricated. It’s also worth checking that all bearings are well greased and, if need be, add new grease.

By making sure that everything is lubricated, you needn’t worry about your shot blasting equipment functioning efficiently. All parts will operate smoothly and last significantly longer. In addition to this, they should be less prone to damage from the abrasive impact, reducing the need for repairs and replacements.

3. Store equipment in a controlled environment

Shot blasting is often required in dusty warehouses or even outdoor areas and – given the adverse working conditions your equipment has to endure – you must consider its engine. In most cases, the engine will function best in a dry environment, so always consider the conditions before starting up your machinery.

While there’s not much you can do about the temperature if you’re shot blasting outside, it’s a good idea to use a cover to protect the engine against the elements. Similarly, for times when you’re not using your shot blasting equipment, you want to find a safe place to keep it – preferably somewhere warm, dry and out of harm’s way.

Worried that your shot blasting equipment is underperforming, or damaged beyond repair?

Don’t panic. Whether you need a brand new system or just a few spares and replacement parts, Surface Finishing Equipment Group (SFEG) has you covered.

As the UK’s leading supplier of surface finishing equipment, they provide a comprehensive range of blast pots, cabinets, hoses, nozzles, couplings, and more from well-known manufacturing brands. Plus, their team of experts have unparalleled knowledge when it comes to abrasive blasting and will happily offer their support and guidance. So, why not give them a call on 0161 480 8087 today?

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