One of the most popular types of wheel blast equipment is the tumble wheel blaster. Tumble wheel blasters are designed for processing batches of small to medium-sized parts. The belt rotates and tumbles the parts as the wheel throws the media, providing automated finishing. The tumble action achieves full coverage in minimal time cycles. Tumble blasters are typically comprised of a rubber mill belt, but steel flighted versions are available for heavy, sharp or hot parts. Tumble blasters are typically built for manual loading and unloading.
Loaders and conveyors can be utilized to allow for more automated processes. Continuous tumble blast machines are also available. These in-line machines tumble parts through a tunnel by means of a rolling belt beneath a series of blast wheels.