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    Does the siphon gun have steel or ceramic nozzles? After getting tired of trying to hunt down new nozzles for my cabinet's original gun I replaced it with one from a "bucket blaster" siphon setup from Northern Tools. Since the cab has a foot switch for air control I removed the trigger and valve and just welded the holes up where they went. The gun works just fine and I can buy new ceramic nozzles for it locally.

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    Tailgunner if you mean the HF one it has ceramic nozzles, the guns are cheap but seems like it will last for a little while.

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    TG im in the same thing with Coils here...

    my cabinet is actually a CP but i got it at HF and it does have a rubber siphon set up with ceramic nozzles.
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    Cool, with the ceramic nozzles they should last a good while.

    Mine came with a steel nozzle that I wore out in no time, but then I use my blast cab a lot. I picked up the ceramic replacement nozzles when I bought the new siphon gun, and typically get three months of use out of one before replacement. I replace the air jet every third nozzle, and the gun is still going strong after a couple of years of use.

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    I bought a hand held blaster from Sears a while back that I will replace the HF one with when it wears out. Both have the ceramic nozzles which I have plenty of replacements for as of now.

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    I know ii am bumping an old thread but i have a question. It states in the manual of the cabinet to not use aluminum oxide.
    Does anyone know why it states this?
    Is there anything i can do to use it?
    and does people just use it anyway?

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    i just put one together yesterday. like harbor freights 30 lb material model, but made by speedway. checked instructions... no comments on alumOx. and that is what i'm going to use.

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    I didn't read the manual on mine. But the only reason I can think of why it says not to use aluminum oxide would be because of the gun, it's made of a soft metal and the aluminum oxide might wear through it faster? Sounds good but don't know if it's right?

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    Default HF Blast Cabinet, 25x15 Work Area, $69.99

    If you have an HF store near you they have a benchtop blast cabinet on sale (in store only for next week or two) for $69.99. $30.00 off the normal store and internet price. 25x15 work area, double doors, 3 nozzles, gloves, dustport. Bought one today (well, guess it was yesterday since it's 4am now).

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=45411

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    Aside from the increased abrasive properties of aluminum oxide over glass bead media, aluminum oxide dust is not something you want floating around your garage/shop to be sucked into your lungs if you can help it. From Wikipedia:

    "Aluminum has been established as a neurotoxin. Aluminum chloride, an aluminum salt that is commonly used in antiperspirants, is also commonly used in studies on aluminum-induced neurotoxicity. Aluminum itself adversely affects the blood-brain barrier, is capable of causing DNA damage, and has adverse epigenetic effects. Research has shown that the aluminum salts used in antiperspirants have detrimental effects to a number of species such as non-human primates, mice, dogs and others. An increased amount of aluminum is also present in the brains of many Alzheimer's patients, although this link does not seem to be causal. "

    There may be fiction in the above quote but I don't plan on being the human lab rat that finds out so I prefer to use glass beads over aluminum.

    This is not to say that glass bead/silica dust is harmless. You can get Silicosis
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicosis

    No matter what you use, be sure to use a good dust containment system and wear a quality mask on blast day. Getting a respritory reaction from dust in your lungs is just not cool and avoidable - happend to me once and it sucked.

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