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Glass Bead Blasting Beats Sand
Tim Steele found a good sideline business cleaning engines and other metal parts with his bead blaster. He uses #80 glass beads to remove rust, oxidation and corrosion without damaging the metal.
  “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; shadowfe69@yahoo.com).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2