A typical system for decorative sandblasting
The blasting cabinet and vacuum system provide a safe, well-lit environment in which to blast while minimizing contamination of your workshop with blasting dust. It is not only necessary to match the cabinet with the vacuum, but also to match these items to the size and type of work you will be doing.
The sandblaster is the heart of the system. It is powered by compressed air and the type and size of sandblaster you use determines what size compressor you must use and how fast you can complete a given job. The sandblaster is the most important and usually least expensive part of the system.
The compressor runs on either electricity or gasoline and provides the sandblaster with its source of compressed air. The compressor and sandblaster should be matched for efficient operation. A compressor can be used to power many other tools besides a sandblaster.