2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Glass Bead Blasting Beats Sand
“Unlike sand blasting, which can wear away metal, glass bead blasting leaves the metal unaffected,” says Steele. “I can work with pieces nearly 3 ft. long and 2 ft. deep. I’ve done exhaust manifolds, carburetors, flywheels, generator casings – anything that’s metal.”
Cleaning with the glass beads is time consuming, notes Steele. He prices his work at $40/hour, whether for parts cleaning and preparation or actual blasting. Hoods and covers are $100 or more just for blasting.
“When finished, exterior covers come out with a satin finish, suitable for sanding and polishing,” says Steele.
He’ll do an entire motorcycle engine for $250, excluding exterior covers, if he doesn’t have to clean them first. Shipping is not included.
“If the parts arrive dirt and grease free, all I have to do is to chase all the threads and plug all the holes,” says Steele. “The job will be much cheaper than if I have to clean them of grease and dirt as well.”
Steele does a lot of work with engines, but says he’s available to bead blast a wide variety of parts, including tractor parts.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Timothy Steele, 404 Stokes Airport Rd., Front Royal, Va. 22630 (ph 850 419-4521; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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