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Dry Ice Blasting anyone used it before?


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I'm doing research on dry ice blasting as a possible retirement business. Anyone have some first hand experience, I've watched a bunch of YouTube videos.
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Default Re: Dry Ice Blasting anyone used it before?

Any specific area of dry ice blasting you are wanting to do? I've watched lots of the videos too, looks like it would work well on some of my paint removal problems, but those machines are not cheap, and I'm afraid to know the cost of a reefer trailer full of dry ice + rental time while I use it
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Well, I'm sure the mold mediation is big business but would require a cert for work. I'm trying to find a market in my area, the big drawback is there's no local dry ice pellets in my town. I've heard $200 an hour and up for hourly work not sure someone would pay those prices where I live?
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Default Re: Dry Ice Blasting anyone used it before?

I have used one no for a few years at work. The model I use is a Aero 80 Cold Jet. We primarily use it to remove wax build up on a application conveyor. With a constant air pressure of about 80psi it Will remove a decent amount of buildup. It will be easier to just list a few advantages and disadvantages I have experienced.

Advantages
1 No mess to clean up other than blasted debris.

2 Great for sensitive equipment where you don't want abrasives or water when cleaning. I could definitely understand why they use them in the food industry.

3 Relatively cool to use. Blow back of ice cools you off while your suited up.

4 The blasting equipment is relatively reliable with little maintenance.

Disadvantages

1 Blasting hose will freeze up and get stiff after extended use.

2 Blasting hose is quite cumbersome and heavy compared to sand blasting.

3 You have to have a source of dry ice, if none is local prepare to have it shipped.$$$$$.

4 A shipping container of 500lbs is about $1000.00 without shipping, so about $2 a lb. So in comparison over twice as expensive as typical blasting sand. The more you buy the cheaper it can get "bulk".

5 Dry ice machines are not cheap. The one I use is around $8,000.00, OUCH Don't forget the air source too.

6 They don't work that well on rust. They chew more than bite, if that makes sense. Non abrasive.

7 Dry ice will not store forever so you need to start using at least a couple days after delivery.

If your intention is to start a business you will have a lot of initial investment. If you could start a gig with some local buisnesses you could make it work. The customer will have to have some deep pockets that's for sure. I must admit they are cool "literally" ,but the thought of buying one sends chills down my spine. Ok, I better stop.

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Default Re: Dry Ice Blasting anyone used it before?

I've looked at this site for used equipment, spending $20K on a used setup including a compressor isn't so bad. A friend owns two local pizza restaurants so I'll bounce my ideas off him.

http://www.dryiceclassified.com/used.htm
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Default Re: Dry Ice Blasting anyone used it before?

there is a boat yard not far from here that does ice blasting on sail boats i think there blaster makes its own ice
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Default Re: Dry Ice Blasting anyone used it before?

Here's the wine barrel cleaning video, pretty cool job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy3fFA5BAik
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Default Re: Dry Ice Blasting anyone used it before?

There is also a soda blasting machine. Only application I saw it being used was to remove pain.Maybe someone could fill you in on how its done. Then you have your normal glass bead setup and there is another which used walnut hulls. Frank
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