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Chesapeake Soda Clean Offers Just The Facts…

Those of you who know me know that I’m a straight shooter (sorry, I had to say that) and that I will always tell you what I know and in a truthful manner. I see and hear so many claims by our competitors regarding their so called soda blast pots that I just have to say a bit about that. There is only one true, built from the ground up, patented, media specific soda blast pot and it’s manufactured by The Soda Works in Walla Walla, WA. The Soda Works Buster Blaster 100 soda blast pot uses less baking soda blast media than ANY other soda blast pot available today. Sand blast based or multi-media marketed pots use 75 to 150 lbs per hour of soda blast media compared to about 50 lbs per hour with a Buster Blaster 100. Combine a Buster Blaster 100 soda blast pot with The Soda Works compressed air cooling/drying system and you’ll be blasting efficiently and consistently with no worries of how am I going to make a profit or how many times do I have to stop to “tinker” with my equipment to keep it working. To make a profit, you have to go as fast as you can and use as little resources as possible – plain and simple.

I have used some of our competitors equipment and I sell Natrium Products (it’s the best!) to a lot of guys using competitors equipment. I’ve seen first hand and heard from owners the issues with sand blast based soda blast systems. They may work, but use too much soda for my liking and that hurts profit margins. Your doing this to make money right? Do your homework and go look at all of the units your interested in buying before you spend any money. I’m confident that you’ll buy a Soda Works unit after a look and demo.

Stacey Stone – Owner of Chesapeake Soda Clean, Inc.

Here’s a comment from one of the Soda Works dealers regarding our competition…

I sell Mobile units for NZ$65,000+gst (Goods and Services Tax) including
training, backup service including parts and ongoing help with quoting etc,
joining of the network which provides work on large projects with corporate
clients which United SodaBlasters supply, health and safety manuals,
advertising aids, environmental impact plans etc etc etc.

Am sick to death of d!&# heads trying to cut corners, they end up with s#!%
gear, no training and end up giving the industry a bad name! Of all the baking soda
blasting equipment suppliers in NZ and Australia our customers are the only
ones whose businesses are succeeding, hence our equipment is never available
second hand! I am picking up customers off the opposition now simply due to
the fact I can offer guidance and help when needed. I make no apologies for
pricing as we offer the best equipment and the best backup and service
ongoing!

Cheers

Tony

Dry Vs. Wet Blasting (No Dust, Dustless or Slurry)

It looks like a couple of blast manufacturers are really pushing wet blasting as the “new” way to blast. Well, it’s actually a very old method and does have some applications. With the addition of a Water Atomizing Nozzle (WAN) or also called a Water Injection Nozzle (WIN) to the end of your blast hose, virtually any media can be shot “wet”. You don’t need to go out and buy a special blaster to wet blast – just buy a wet/dry blast nozzle and your there. Wet blasting of flat, open surfaces is not too terrible, but you’ll be seriously hating life on the inside of car fenders, passenger compartments, bottoms of cars and any place where the blast will wash back into your face and body.

In my early days, I tried wet blasting in an effort to control the dust from blasting. I quickly learned that this WAS NOT the preferred method for a number of reasons. Wet blasting has liquid run-off, you get wet from head to toe, you can’t see what your doing as soon as the wet mix hits your face-piece lens and it can be difficult to see the surface with the “slurry” of media stuck to the surrounding surface. It will be nearly impossible to remove a wet paste of media from void areas creating problems later. Boat bottoms can be problematic as you will be laying under the boat, on the ground in this wet mix – not a pleasant thing! I am in constant touch with a lot of working blasters (abrasive and non-abrasive) and wet blasting is just not the normal method of operation.

Think twice and check all the pluses and minuses of wet blasting before you spend a ton of money on a system that you won’t like later. 

 After having said all that, and even though wet blasting partially solves one issue and creates another to deal with, it just happens that I sell the OEM consumables specified and sold by several of the blast companies marketing wet, slurry or no dust blasting. I stock and sell the exact same fine grit crushed glass blast media and I sell HoldTight 102 and similar after wash or additive products. 

Wet and Dry Baking Soda Blasting Nozzle

Wet/Dry Blast Nozzle

The above photo is of a WIN or WAN or Wet/Dry blast nozzle and can be used with most blast medias. As you can see, you simply attach a water supply to the female water inlet and you can control the amount of water to be mixed with the blast media exiting the blast nozzle. In this way, you can suppress some or most of the blast dust, but you will also now create a fog or mist that can carry in the wind a distance.  With this nozzle, you can turn many professionally sized blast pots into a no dust, dustless or slurry system for under $450.00.

 

Brand Comparison

BB-100 vs.


StripCo
and
American Sodablasting Association

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 Buster Blaster 100 Mobile Soda Blaster Mfg. By The Soda Works

vs.
SB-200 Mobile Soda Blaster Mfg. By Sodablast Systems

Sodablast Systems/MMLJ/Sanstorm is a sandblast pot in original design.
As of late, they are being marketed as a “Multi-media” pot which means “Sandblast pot trying to shoot soda”. 
A pinch valve is being utilized to open/close the media/air flow from the pot to nozzle which
we do not support in use for safety concerns.
Expect 75 to 100+ lbs. of media consumption per hour with a #5 (5/16″) nozzle.

 

 

 

  Buster Blaster 100
Mobile Soda Blaster
Mfg. By The Soda Works
SB-200 Mobile Soda Blaster
Mfg. By Sodablast Systems
SODA POT DESIGN: Dedicated, media specific design. Efficient,
21st century design. Patented 2006
Flat bottom sand blast pot, requires mechanical “shaker”. This is a Sandstorm sandblaster. Claims to be “The Original Sodablaster” from 1941. What?
TOW WEIGHT: 3,200 lb. (dry) single axle. Easily towed by a 1/2-ton truck. Well balanced 4,000 lb. tandem axle trailer. Requires 3/4 or 1 ton truck for towing. High tongue weight.
EXTERIOR PLUMBING: Stainless steel piping and braided hoses. Black iron piping and rubber hoses.
APPEARANCE: Powder coated for long lasting durability & good looks. Spray-painted and rusts quickly.
SODA POT MAINTENANCE: Bottom fed, self-cleaning. Inherent, no clog design. Requires regular disassembly and cleaning @ 75-100 hour intervals.
ROTOR VALVE: Air / electric valve. Better design and more expensive. Air / air valve or pinch valve – cheap & scarry
SODA FLOW RATE: Approximately 1 lb. per minute (#5 nozzle). Approximately 2 lb. per minute (#5 nozzle).
PRICE: Around $34,500.00. Over $37,500.00.
COMPRESSED AIR COOLING: Twin 375 cfm air coolers – efficient engine driven system. No parts to fail. Inefficient 12 volt fan unit. Poor mounting location.
MOISTURE SEPARATOR: 500 cfm high capacity, centrifugal unit. Mounted under cowl. Modified soda blast pot. See “design” above.
SAFETY & APPEARANCE: Mounted spare tire. Chrome lug nuts & wheel centers. No
CONVENIENCE: Accessible motor oil and compressor oil drains. Inaccessible (low ground clearance) motor oil and compressor oil drains.
SODA BLAST MEDIA: Natrium Products. More production with less dust. Armex Maintenance XL. Dusty and expensive.
DISTRIBUTION: Growing network of regional dealers & warehousing.. Factory only. Limited outside outlets.
OPENING ORDER: No minimum opening soda blast media order. 4-pallet opening media order (preferred contractor status).
MONTHLY MINIMUMS: No monthly soda blast media requirement. 1 pallet per month (preferred contractor status).
SUPPORT: Friendly, knowledgeable and available. Nationwide network. Slow response.
TRAINING: The Soda Works – 8 hour training session w/ purchase. Specific training on request. See “support” above.
WARRANTY: Fully supported. See “support” above.

 

 


Buster Blaster 100 Mobile Soda Blaster Mfg. By The Soda Works
Vs.
SB-150 Mobile Soda Blaster Mfg. By Sodablast Systems (MMLJ)

Sodablast Systems/MMLJ/Sanstorm is a sandblast pot in original design.
As of late, they are being marketed as a “Multi-media” pot which means “Sandblast pot trying to shoot soda”. 
A pinch valve is being utilized to open/close the media/air flow from the pot to nozzle which we do not support in use for safety concerns.
Expect 75 to 100 lbs. of media consumption per hour with a #4 (1/4″) nozzle.

 

  Buster Blaster 100 Mobile Soda Blaster
3,400 lb. single axle. Easily towed by a 1/2-ton truck.
Similar in weight.
EXTERIOR PLUMBING: Stainless steel piping and braided hoses. Black plumbers piping and rubber hoses.
APPEARANCE: Powder coated for long lasting durability & good looks. Spray-painted and rusts quickly.
SODA POT MAINTENANCE: Bottom fed, self-cleaning, inherent no clog design. Requires regular disassembly and cleaning @ 75-100 hour intervals.
ROTOR VALVE: Air / electric valve. Better design and more expensive. Air / air valve or pinch valve – cheap & scarry
PRICE: Around $34,500.00. Similarly priced
COMPRESSED AIR COOLING: Twin 375 cfm air coolers – efficient engine driven system. No parts to fail. inefficient single external 12-volt fan unit. Restricted nozzle size.
MOISTURE SEPARATOR: 500 cfm high capacity, Highly efficient, centrifugal unit. Mounted under cowl. Externally mounted, older design.
SAFETY & APPEARANCE: Mounted spare tire. Chrome lug nuts & wheel centers. No
CONVENIENCE: Accessible motor oil and compressor oil drains. Similar in design.
SODA BLAST MEDIA: Natrium Products. More production with less dust. Soda Clean Maintenance Plus by FMC. Dusty and slow.
DISTRIBUTION: Growing network of regional dealers & warehousing. Factory only. Limited outside resources.
OPENING ORDER: No minimum opening soda blast media order. 4-pallet opening media order (preferred contractor status).
MONTHLY MINIMUMS: No monthly soda blast media requirement. 1 pallet per month (preferred contractor status).
SUPPORT: Friendly, knowledgeable and available. Nationwide network. Slow response.
TRAINING: The Soda Works – 8 hour training session w/ purchase. Specific training on request. See “support” above.
WARRANTY: Fully supported. See “support” above.

 


Buster Blaster 100 Mobile Soda Blaster Mfg. By The Soda Works
Vs.
ST-Airman Blast package / Blast Rig Mfg. By Surface Tek
Expect 100+ lbs of media consumption per hour.

 

  Buster Blaster 100
Mobile Soda Blaster
Mfg. By The Soda Works
ST Airman Blast Package/Blast Rig
Mfg. By Surface Tek
SODA POT DESIGN: 21st century design. Patent awarded 2006
Dedicated, media specific design, efficient.
Basic sand blast design.
“Any media” pot, inefficient with soda blast media.
AIR COMPRESSOR: Sullivan-Palatek D210QH, 150 psi @ 210 cfm. Airman PDS185S, 100 psi @185 cfm, under-pressured for soda blasting.
TOW WEIGHT: 3,200 lb. (dry) single axle. Easily towed by a 1/2-ton truck. Tandem axle trailer. Requires 3/4 or 1 ton truck for towing.
EXTERIOR PLUMBING: Stainless steel piping and braided hoses. Rubber hoses.
SODA POT MAINTENANCE: Bottom fed, self-cleaning, inherent no clog design. Unknown.
SODA FLOW RATE: Approximately 1 lb. per minute (#5 nozzle). Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 lb. per minute (#5 nozzle).
PRICE: $34,500.00 plus freight 6/08 $28,000.00. to $40,000.00+ plus freight
COMPRESSED AIR COOLING: Twin 375 cfm air coolers – efficient engine driven system. Single 250 cfm external 12-volt fan unit. Inefficient in hi-flow use.
MOISTURE SEPARATOR: 500 cfm high capacity, centrifugal unit. Mounted under cowl. Multiple, smaller, external units. (see compressed air cooling)
SAFETY & APPEARANCE: Mounted spare tire. Chrome lug nuts & wheel centers. None
CONVENIENCE: Accessible motor oil and compressor oil drains. Low ground clearance, difficult to drain fluids.
SODA BLAST MEDIA: Natrium soda blast medias. More production with less dust. Solvay USP #5 – very slow production rates and super dusty.
SUPPORT: Friendly, knowledgeable and available. Nationwide network. Limited network.
TRAINING: 8 hour training session w/ purchase. Specific training on request. Unknown.
DISTRIBUTION: Growing network of regional outlets & warehousing. Limited distribution & warehousing.
OPENING ORDER: No minimum opening soda blast media order. Unknown.
MONTHLY MINIMUMS: No monthly soda blast media requirement. Unknown.
WARRANTY: Fully supported. Unknown.

 


 


Buster Blaster 100
Mobile Soda Blaster
Mfg. By The Soda Works
Vs.
*Ferrow System

*Ferrow System is a wet abrasive blast system.
Add a Water Injection Nozzle (WIN) to your sand blast pot
and you have created a Ferrow System of your own and for a lot less!

 

 

 

  Buster Blaster 100
Mobile Soda Blaster
Mfg. By The Soda Works
Ferrow System
SODA POT DESIGN: Buster Blaster 100 – 21st century design. Patent awarded 2006. Ferrow System – Basic sand blast design, modified to mix water in pot.
SODA POT DESIGN: Buster Blaster 100 – Dedicated, media specific design, efficient. Ferrow System – “Any abrasive” media pot, incompatible with soda blast media.
AIR COMPRESSOR: Buster Blaster 100 – Sullivan-Palatek D210QH, 150 psi @ 210 cfm. Ferrow System – Airman PDS185S, 100 psi @185 cfm, less expensive import.
TOW WEIGHT: Buster Blaster 100 – 3,200 lb. (dry) single axle. Easily towed by a 1/2-ton truck. Ferrow System – Tandem axle trailer. Requires 1 ton truck for towing.
EXTERIOR PLUMBING: Buster Blaster 100 – Stainless steel piping and braided hoses. Ferrow System – Rubber hoses.
SODA POT MAINTENANCE: Buster Blaster 100 – Bottom fed, self-cleaning, inherent no clog design. Ferrow System – Must empty pot of blast “slurry” each day.Problematic during freezing weather.
SODA FLOW RATE: Buster Blaster 100 – Approximately 1 lb. per minute (#5 nozzle). Ferrow System – Approximately 1 ½ to 2 lb. per minute (unknown nozzle size).
PRICE: Buster Blaster 100 – $34,500.00 plus freight (6-08). Ferrow System – $38,000.00+.
APPLICATIONS: Soda Works – Wide range of coatings and substrates, minimal or no damage to surface. Ferrow System – Narrow range due to abrasive media and wet blast technique.
COMPRESSED AIR COOLING: Buster Blaster 100 – Twin 375 cfm air coolers – efficient engine driven system. Ferrow System – None.
MOISTURE SEPARATOR: Buster Blaster 100 -500 cfm high capacity, centrifugal unit. Mounted under cowl. Ferrow System – None.
SAFETY & APPEARANCE: Buster Blaster 100 – Mounted spare tire. Chrome lug nuts & wheel centers. Ferrow System – None.
CONVENIENCE: Buster Blaster 100 – Accessible motor oil and compressor oil drains. Ferrow System – Low ground clearance – difficult to drain fluids. Buy a big truck to tow it!
SODA BLAST MEDIA: The Soda Works – Natrium soda blast medias. More production with less dust. Ferrow System – Volcanic ash or crushed glass (both abrasive medias).
SUPPORT: The Soda Works – Friendly, knowledgeable and available, nationwide network. Ferrow System – Limited network, new to U.S. market, imported.
TRAINING: The Soda Works – 8 hour training session w/ purchase. Specific training on request. Ferrow System – Unknown.
DISTRIBUTION: The Soda Works – Growing network of regional outlets & warehousing. Ferrow System – Limited distribution & warehousing.
OPENING ORDER: The Soda Works – No minimum opening soda blast media order. Ferrow System – Unknown
MONTHLY MINIMUMS: The Soda Works – No monthly soda blast media requirement. Ferrow System – Unknown.
WARRANTY: The Soda Works – Fully supported, made in the U.S.A. Ferrow System – Unknown, imported.
CLEAN UP: The Soda Works – Dry media application with easy clean up and disposal. Ferrow System – Messy, wet slurry. Problematic clean up with certain coatings.

PRO BLAST

A recent question from a Pro Blast user says it all:

“I’m in the middle of stripping a 65 GTO. I’m about 19 bags into it and still have the hood, two fenders, two wheel wells and the trunk left. Looking at about 25 bags for the whole project. Seems high to me. Would you say that’s too much soda for a GTO”?

My answer:

“You bet that’s too much! Way too much!!!

Upon further discussion, it was determined that his project may have had a tough coating and the operator’s air pressure was way too low (60 psi), but still… He admitted to me that his normal flow rate with baking soda was about 100 lbs. per hour, which is still way too high. It’s tough to make a profit when your soda usage is so high!

Bottom line, sand blast pots just don’t make good soda blast pots. You can put soda in any sand blast pot, provided you have the proper size air drying system, but you can’t put sand in a real soda blast pot.

Another more recent troubling comment:

A marine contractor called me inquiring about using soda blasting to strip boat bottom paint. He had called Pro Blast prior to our conversation and he had inquired as to how much soda and how long to strip a 23′ boat bottom using the Pro Blast pot. He was quoted 2 – 50 lb. bags per hour and about 6 hours to strip the boat. My answer was… WHAT??? You can’t make a profit using that much soda and taking that much time. Just another example of a sand blast pot trying to be a soda blaster and I can’t imagine what they are using for soda blast media. A Soda Works BB100 soda blast pot and Natrium 300 soda blast media would have that boat done in about 2 or 3 hours with a soda usage of 2 or 3 – 50 lb. bags.

I had the opportunity to view a used Pro Blast pot a few days ago. I was shocked at the complexity of the pot and couldn’t figure out how to use it by quickly looking at it. I was told that it had the capability to flow a #5 (5/16″) nozzle, but some of the piping was only 1/2″. Must be a low pressure system which means it will take you forever to remove coatings. It is also a differential pressure (pot and blast hose are working at different pressures) system and confusing to properly operate. This is an old and dated way of blasting and not efficient, especially with baking soda.  

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