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SNAKEBITE XQ – WATCH AS IT’S PUT TO THE TEST

Recently, BlastOne launched it’s most innovative product to date – The Snakebite XQ – which we claim to be the world’s quietest abrasive blasting nozzle.

That’s a pretty substantial claim and so we’d like to demonstrate how we can defend such a claim.

UNDERSTANDING NOISE VOLUME (DECIBEL LEVELS)

How loud is 1 decibel?

Volume is not measured on a linear scale like our base-10 number values where “20” is twice as much as “10”.  When it comes to decibel levels, “20dB” is ten times louder than “10dB”.  That’s because decibel volume is measured on a logarithmic scale – which can be very confusing.

USEFUL COMPARISONS:

10 dB ………………….. Breathing
20 dB ………………….. Whisper, rustling leaves
30 dB ………………….. Quiet rural area
40 dB ………………….. Library background noise
50 dB ………………….. Conversation at home
60 dB ………………….. Conversation in restaurant public area
110-120 dB…………… Abrasive blast nozzle at 100psi

What’s the value of 10 dB?

  • If we reduce decibel volume from 120 dB to 110 dB, we will have effectively reduced the relative volume by 50%.
  • If we reduce decibel volume from 120 dB to 100 dB, we will have reduced volume by 75%.
  • If we reduce decibel volume from 120 dB to 90 dB, we will have reduced volume by 87.5%

OUR TESTING TRIAL (SEE VIDEO)

  • At our corporate testing and demonstration site we set up a standard blasting layout.
    • 0375 Compressor…. into an air prep… into a 6.5 cuft blast pot.  We ran our tests at 100 psi and used GMA Toughblast as the abrasive coming out of the nozzle.
  • We test the following 3 nozzles
    • Ultra-Tuff
    • Hyper
    • Snakebite XQ
  • We took decibel readings at three different distances from the blast nozzle
    • 5 ft (approx 1 metre)
    • 25 ft (approx 7.5 metres)
    • 50 ft (approx 15 metres)

Here are our readings:

 

ULTRA-TUFF NOZZLE HYPER NOZZLE SNAKEBITE XQ
5ft (1m) 114 dB 113 dB 98 dB
25ft 7.5m) 107 dB 105 dB 90 dB
50ft (15m) 102 dB 99 dB 83 dB

 

COMPARING SNAKEBITE TO THE OTHER TWO NOZZLES

 

ULTRA-TUFF NOZZLE HYPER NOZZLE
5ft (1m) Snakebite XQ is approx   62% quieter (16 dB quieter) Snakebite XQ is approx   62% quieter (15 dB quieter)
25ft (7.5m) Snakebite XQ is approx   65% quieter (17 dB quieter) Snakebite XQ is approx   62% quieter (15 dB quieter)
50ft (15m) Snakebite XQ is approx   75% quieter (19 dB quieter) Snakebite XQ is approx   62% quieter (16 dB quieter)
5 foot distance reading
25 foot distance reading
50 foot distance reading

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