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How to choose the right Dustless Blasting Truck or Trailer for your Mobile Blasting Business

Which Dustless Blasting Trailer is right for my startup Business?

You're thinking about making some changes and starting your own mobile blasting business. Excellent choice. You've done the research and understand the services you can offer in your area, but you're still unsure of the differences between our different models. This article will break down the key differences and considerations to help you evaluate which equipment is a good fit for you and your business.

Key considerations

All our Dustless Blasting trailers and trucks are designed from the ground up to be a reliable mobile business platform. They are all capable of performing the same process, offering a wide variety of services to help you make a profit.

Here are some of the considerations to help you pick the right equipment for your business.

  • Budget
  • Vehicle towing capacity
  • Blast pot and trailer size
  • Compressor Size

Budget

While we would all like to have the biggest house, truck, or TV, sometimes we need to be practical. The same is true with our line of Dustless Blasters. We make some powerful equipment for tackling large, profitable jobs.  However, if you only have $50,000 to start your business, the Dual DB800 Mobile XXL Trailer is probably not the best machine to get your business started. Save that for your second machine when it's time to grow your business.

Towing capacity

An often overlooked, but important part of choosing the right trailer for your blasting business is your current vehicle's capabilities.  More specifically, do you own a truck, and what is its towing capacity? The bigger the trailer, the heavier it is. Don't forget about additional materials such as water and abrasives that can quickly add weight to your towing capacity. 

For reference, a full 150-gallon water tank can add 1,200 pounds and a 40 bag pallet of abrasive can weigh 2,000 additional pounds! Of course,  you wouldn't always need to carry a full pallet of abrasive with you to a job site and additional weight can always be split between your truck bed and the trailer.

Isuzu Flatbed DB500 XLT on Smoke Background

No truck? -- No problem. Meet the DB500 GT Pro Series.

It's the same trusted system mounted on a flatbed Isuzu truck providing you with an easy-to-drive, ultra-convenient, mobile business. All backed by roadside assistance and concierge maintenance services for 5 years. 

If you do own a truck, then you may have heard the terms 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, and 1-ton trucks. These terms are generally used to describe the truck's size, hauling, and towing capacity.

1/2 Ton Truck Examples

  • Chevy Silverado 1500
  • Ram 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Ford F-150
  • Toyota Tundra

3/4 Ton Truck Examples

  • Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • Ram 2500
  • Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • Nissan Titan XD

1-Ton Truck Examples

  • Chevy Silverado 3500HD
  • Ram 3500
  • GMC 3500
  • Ford F-350 Super Duty

Always be sure to check your owner's manual for your vehicle's specifics, but here are some general guidelines.

Dustless Blasting Model Suggested Truck Size
DB500 Mobile S 1/2 Ton Truck or Greater
DB500 Mobile XL 3/4 Ton Truck or Greater
DB800 Mobile XL 3/4 Ton Truck or Greater
DB800 Mobile XXL Dual 1 Ton Truck or Greater
DB1500 Mobile XXL 1 Ton Truck or Greater
DB3000 Mobile XXL 1 Ton Truck or Greater

 

Blast pot and trailer SIZE

Again, while all of our machines are capable of the same reliable process, choosing the right blast pot and trailer size can maximize your time and profit.

blast Pot size

You may have noticed all of our equipment names contain a number – DB500, DB800, DB1500, etc. The number is indicating the blast pot's size and capacity.

The larger the capacity translates to a longer runtime between refills.  Less time stopping to refill your blast pot means more time blasting and getting the job done faster.

Check out the run times below for comparison.

Equipment Blast Pot Capacity Blast Time
DB500 GT Series Truck 5 Cubic Feet 60 Minutes
DB500 Mobile S 5 Cubic Feet 60 Minutes
DB500 Mobile XL 5 Cubic Feet 60 Minutes
DB800 Mobile XL 8 Cubic Feet 90 Minutes
DB800 Mobile XXL Dual 8 Cubic Feet (each pot) 90 Minutes (each pot)
DB1500 Mobile XXL 15 Cubic Feet 2-3 Hours
DB3000 Mobile XXL 30 Cubic Feet 4-6 Hours

 

Trailer size

Focusing on residential jobs and need something small and easy to maneuver around town? – we've got you covered.

Interested in a trailer that fits in a standard garage? – check.

Want to ditch the trailer completely for an all-in-one mobile blasting truck? – we have that too.

Regardless of what's important to you, we have options.

Our trailer size and configuration is indicated by the letters - S, XL, XXL, and GT

S Trailer

  • Ultra-compact
  • Fits in a standard garage
  • Single toolbox
  • Deck Dimensions: 14 ft x 5 ft

XL Trailer

  • Low deck design for easy access to controls and loading
  • Two toolboxes
  • Deck Dimensions: 16 ft x 8 ft

XXL Trailer

  • Same low deck design for easy access to controls and loading
  • Two toolboxes
  • Deck Dimensions: 20 ft x 8 ft 6 in

GT Truck

  • NPR Isuzu - America's #1 selling low cab forward truck since 1986
  • Gas-powered V8 engine
  • Optional Jib crane and under storage toolbox

The air compressor

It's the heart and power of our Dustless Blasting equipment.  We partner with the best suppliers of air compressors in the industry to provide you with a complete blasting system with exceptional performance.

We pair our blast pots with different size air compressors to supply you with enough power for any job you're trying to tackle. Larger air compressors provide you with greater air volume.  With more air volume, you're able to use a larger blast nozzle while still maintaining the same PSI.  This allows you to cover more surface area at once, and complete jobs faster.

If you're thinking of going after larger, industrial jobs – a larger air compressor is a good consideration.

Equipment Compressor CFM Type
DB500 GT Series Truck 185 CFM Compact and Commercial
DB500 Mobile S 185 CFM Compact and Commercial
DB500 Mobile XL 185 CFM Commercial
DB800 Mobile XL 250+ CFM Commercial and Light Industrial
DB800 Mobile XXL DUAL 425 CFM Industrial
DB1500 Mobile XXL 425 CFM Industrial
DB3000 Mobile XXL 425 CFM Industrial

Additional resources

In conclusion, there is no right or wrong answer with it comes to choosing a machine. Everyone's needs and wants are going to be different. If you're looking for more detailed specs, check out these additional resources.

Click here to download our quick machine comparison PDF

Click here to explore equipment details and compare machines.

Still have questions or are unsure, book some time with a knowledgeable member of our team.

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