All sandblasting nozzles have limited life spans and choosing the cheapest option may not always be the best option.
But what nozzle material delivers the best bang for your buck? This abrasive blasting nozzle material guide should help answer that question.
Ceramic nozzles have been a staple in the blasting industry since the beginning. They perform well with softer abrasives but, inevitably wear out quicker with today’s advanced abrasives. In fact, you’ll go through approximately 100 ceramic nozzles in the same time frame as seven tungsten-carbide nozzles or a single boron-carbide nozzle. At Blue Dog Blasting, we want to provide you with quality materials for all your sandblasting projects. For this reason, we don’t sell ceramic nozzles on our site but because we are direct with Kennametal, we can get the ceramic nozzle you need upon request. Simply contact us.
Tungsten Carbide nozzles are very popular in today’s abrasive blasting marketing. These nozzles are much harder than the traditional ceramic nozzles and are a great choice for harder cutting and more aggressive abrasives like coal slag or other mineral abrasives.
Boron-carbide nozzles are the longest wearing of all the commonly-used nozzles. Many can be put-off by the higher initial price for boron-carbide nozzles. But, while these nozzles can outlast a tungsten-carbide nozzle seven times over, they don’t cost the same as seven tungsten-carbide nozzles. In fact, the pricing level is even close to that. This makes boron-carbide nozzles the more economical choice for most applications. You’ll also want it when blasting with silicon carbide or aluminum oxide.
BP200 SiAION Nozzles
SiAION nozzles offer service life and durability similar to tungsten carbide, but are only about half the weight. BP200 SiAION nozzles are an excellent choice when operators are on the job for long periods and prefer a lightweight nozzle. Remember, a happy operator is a productive operator!