The whole is not always greater than the sum of its parts. This is especially true in sandblasting. Quality parts determine the quality of a blast machine. You can’t skimp out on a piece of equipment essential to sandblasting, and blast hoses are no exception. So, how do you determine which blast hose is right for you?
Similarities Between the Hoses
All Clemco blast hoses are constructed with sturdy materials and are rated up to 175 psi working pressure. The outer material is cloaked in cloth and rubber-impregnated fiber winding. Special pinpricks prevent the formation of air pockets between the layers. The inner layer is made of SBR rubber—a synthetic rubber with good abrasion resistance and excellent aging stability. Additionally, these hoses are designed to withstand industrial settings and can still be used with all common blast media.
The differences between the three hoses are highlighted when comparing durability, flexibility, and versatility.
The Supa Hose is the lightest out of the hoses due to its somewhat thinner outer casting. Lighter weight creates flexibility. The combination of lightness, flexibility, and a smaller outer dimension make it a perfect whip hose. Nothing was compromised to make Supa Hose flexible. It’s lightness and flexibility are what allows its operator to maneuver with ease when sandblasting.
Clemco Supa blast hose is easily identified by their brown color.
As its name suggests, the 4-Ply Hose is cased with four-layers of cloth. The tough outer casing makes it the most durable compared to its counterparts: the Supa Hose and the 2-Braid Hose. Consequently, it is generally used in industrial settings such as shipyards and railyards since it withstands external scuffing. On top of that, it can also sustain light vehicle traffic without collapsing.
For easier maneuverability, you can also attach a supa blast hose to your 4-ply hose. In terms of color, as Henry Ford would say, you can have any color you want as long as its black.
Want durability and flexibility? The 2-Braid Hose has both. It can attach to any blast machine with 150 psi. Like the 4-Ply Hose, it is mainly used in industrial settings because it stands up to external scuffing. More durable than the supa house and more flexible than 4-ply hose, 2-braid hose serves as the middle ground for Clemco’s hoses.
You can also attach a Supa Hose to your 2-braid hose for a whip hose. You can easily identify this type of hose by its green color.
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