Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 12
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JavierCh Living up to the hype.
Love the compact size, long hose and easy feed of sand into the hopper. Spray handle was simple to maintain, may have been nice to get some oil along with product, but easy to use. The problem I had/have is with frequent line blockage and power of stream. I have moisture filters that I replace frequently. I strain my sand before going in the hopper and still have trouble maintaining a steady stream. Once I do have a stream, it just seems that it is not powerful enough to do the job. Specs say not to go beyond 90 psi, but it just seems inadequate. I had a 16' x 32' metal structure that I wanted to sand and repaint but used the sandblaster to do maybe 1/4 of it. I switched to a regular paint scraper alternating with a drill bit made for that purpose. I like the sandblaster, I just wish that it lived up to the hype.
April 30, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sam Requires industrial grade air compressor,
Any sandbluster requires industrial grade air compressor, and it should be specified in the description. These items should not be sold at HD, but at the professional stores. You will not be able to use it at home with a regular air compressor.
September 24, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JimmyBeaver Please DO NOT buy this product
This product deserves 0 stars. I had read the reviews and some reviewers gave it a good rating. I figured after 45 years as a mechanical engineer and numerous patents that if anyone could make this work then I could. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I have spent the last 2 days trying to get this piece of Chinese junk to work with absolutely no success. My air compressor is 60 gallons and plumbed to deliver over 25 scfm of air at 90 psig with a centrifugal air filter/dryer rated at 98% efficiency, even threw in another dryer at the end of the line. Living in Colorado where if the humidity is at 10% everyone complains about how damp it is two dryers are more than enough. All I ever got was a stray bit of sand. I bought this about 9 months ago and just yesterday needed to use it so I believe it is non-returnable. I truly do believe that the good ratings were bought. I'd say this sandblaster sucks but it being a siphon feed sand blaster I would be very happy if it did suck. I challenge Powermate to prove me wrong.
August 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by rhad47 Dont' buy it
The gun in this kit is junk. Very cheap pot metal, poor machining, and just plain doesn't work. I tried 2 different medias, with the same result. Have disassembled and reassembled the gun numerous times to figure out what is going wrong, but to no avail. The plastic hopper is nice, but if the gun won't pull the media, what's the point. I even shortened the hose to 3 feet, but still only get a few seconds of sand, then nothing but air coming out the nozzle. Buy a different product.
July 8, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Eddy Probably not for a home owner
I prepared to use this to sand blast part of my foundation wall. After setting everything up by the book, I tried to use it, but no sand would come out. After trying several things, I contacted customer support. It turns out that my compressor did not have the CFM to operate this unit. You need 7 CFM at 90 PSI, which I would assume that most DYIers do not have at home.
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bina Very nice for small or light duty jobs.
If you're sandblasting large items, look elsewhere. But for the hobbyist looking for a small unit for light duty work it does the job. I used it with walnut shells for a small job and have no complaints, it did exacly what I wanted. I'll keep it for other small jobs even though I have a larger unit due to it's small size, light weight, and ease of use. A respirator or a dust mask is a good companion to this unit.
April 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hormiga1 Worked just fine
The hopper worked well for my at home jobs. I purchased a coal slag to work with the sandblaster, and it worked pretty darn good. Easy to put together. I actually needed to purchase a connector for the gun but, that's about it. I sandblasted my outside metal chairs, harmonic balance, pulley, and headers. Still need to do a metal door. So I would definitely recommend this hopper. It is at an affordable price and does the job right.
November 1, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RG911 Poorly Made
While the proper parts are there, they just didn't function and when I tried to clean it out after use it became clear the parts were just cheaply made and would not last long. The product only worked for approximately 15 seconds and then continually clogged. I replaced this with a product that cost 1/2 the price and worked great from the 1st try on.
September 22, 2011