Choosing the Right Blast Nozzle for the Job

If you’ve got a project that calls for a blast nozzle, it’s important that you get the right one. Some of the most common blast nozzles you will have to choose from are a sand blaster nozzle and a wet blasting nozzle. A sandblaster nozzle and a wet blasting nozzle will perform very differently. While neither is better than the other, they are meant for different tasks. There are a few things that need to be considered when selecting which blasting nozzle you’ll be using. These factors include the size, shape, and material the nozzle is made out of, as well as the size of the air compressor it’s hooked up to.

It is important to take closer look at both a sand blast nozzle and a wet blast nozzle. This way you can consider each of their strengths and which one will be best for your project.

Sand Blast Nozzle

As you may expect, there are advantages and disadvantages to using any sort of blasting nozzle, and a sandblast nozzle is no different. One of the most common things you’ll see sand blasters used for welding processes. Sand blasting is seen by many as a versatile tool that can be applied to many fields. The main benefit of sand blasting is that it requires minimal machinery, thus making it more efficient.

Sand blasting works by shooting abrasive materials (i.e. silica sand) through a high-pressure abrasive nozzle. This is used when cleaning surfaces with multiple layers of a substance that need to be removed, as it can scour away quickly and efficiently. It can even be used with certain types of art mediums (like glass etching). If this is what you are looking for with your project, you may want to consider the Kennametal Sandblast Nozzle TLVE-PZA

Wet Abrasive Blast Nozzle

Wet abrasive blasting works in much the same way regular sand blasting does, the key difference being that the media is moistened with water or a solvent before it’s blasted. Sand blasters use wet abrasive blasting for a few main reasons, the biggest of which are the cost and the dust agitation reduction. Dampening the blast media before it leaves the nozzle isn’t an expensive operation, and it provides the valuable perk of a far greater amount of dust getting kicked up into the air, which will make for a safer work environment for the blasting area, if not the whole shop.

Certain chemicals may be used to moisten the media as well. These chemicals can embed themselves in the blasted surface, resulting in increased erosion tolerance for example. Kennametal WIN Nozzle is Blastworks’ choice for a WIN, or water injection nozzle.

Kennametal Blast Nozzles

Kennametal has been the leading manufacturer of blast nozzles for years, regardless of what kind you need for your project. Kennametal blast nozzles can be found on virtually any website that you can buy blast nozzles, like blast works supply, for example.

Whether you need an abrasive blast nozzle or a water sand blasting nozzle, KennaMetals makes it all. KennaMetal blast nozzles have been praised for their wear resistance and “unmatched performance” by many.

While you can order a KennaMetal nozzle from any number of websites, we encourage you to start by looking at BlastWorks carries a variety of blasting products, and we’d be more than happy to help you find exactly what you need for your project.