The Differences in the Redline 1500HD and the Titan 1500XLT

Redline 1500HD vs Titan 1500XLT

Another common question we get here at Redline is, “What’s the difference between the Redline 1500HD and the Titan 1500XLT?” It’s a great question with a multi-faceted answer. I’ll try my best to answer that below without over complicating the response.

First, I want to note that both tables have their strong points. One is not necessarily better than the other although they do have their individual strong points over the other. There are also several similarities, but we’re here to discuss the differences.

Starting from the bottom and working our way up.

  1. Frame width – (For the X-shaped lifting arms Titan uses 2-3/8” tubing frame while Redline boasts 3-1/8” tubing.
  2. Center leg support – (Titan has a 1” square tube and Redline has a much larger plate)
  3. Pivot Point – (Titan utilizes two bolts where the Redline has a full axle)
  4. Lock mechanism – (Titan locks open into a slot and Redline uses an arch design)
  5. Ramps – (Titan utilizes a preferred three-piece ramp not counting the extra-long approach ramp that is standard equipment for both machines. Redline uses a two-piece ramp system. We favor the three-piece Titan system because it allows you to remove the two outside ramps when you’re not using the side extensions. The two-piece Redline system still has a full width ramp when the table is not actually full width.
  6. Titan offers their roller drop out panel as standard equipment but Redline charges extra for this accessory
  7. The Redline 1500HD comes with a motorcycle clamping vise as standard equipment, but that piece is an optional accessory with the Titan lift.

When it comes to upgrading tables to electric we again are different, but one isn’t necessarily better. The Titan 1500XLT-Electric is sold as complete different color unit that cannot be converted to an air over hydraulic lift. Redline simply upgrades the cylinder and pump of the 1500HD, which is handy should you ever decide to upgrade a Redline.  As a result, you won’t have to buy a brand-new table.

As mentioned in point number 6, the Titan gives you an additional roller drop out panel, whereas with  the Redline it’s an additional accessory, but the Redline gives you the wheel vise whereas with the Titan it is optional. The wheel vises have small differences too. The Titan uses a bar for the stop plate that mounts to the vise and Redline uses a plate that mounts to the table.

We like that Titan gives you an extra support pole to use with the front extension panel if you’re not using the sides. Redline does not offer that. Next, we’ll point out that the support poles in the rear are thicker and taller on the Redline. Titan also gives you additional eyelets that mounts to the center of the table and Redline uses just two that mount to the side extensions.

To summarize, both tables are (in our humble opinion) both great bangs for your hard-earned buck. Pretty much all the dimensions are the same. The caster design is the same and now you know as much as we do about the differences. We hope this almost brief summary will help you in your decision about which table works best for you and your specific needs.

How to Choose the Right Blasting Media for You

Choosing the Right   Media for You

 

One of the more common questions I’m being asked today in reference to blast cabinets is, “What type of media can I use?’ and the answer is most. There are several different types of media that can be used to perform different tasks. Probably the most common media types are glass beads, plastic media, play or beach sand and walnut shells. We’ll list out their pro’s below.

  1. Glass Beads– Available in a wide variety of sizes, glass beads are generally the most popular blast material. This all-purpose media is used for honing, polishing, peening, blending, finishing, removal of light surface burrs and imperfections, frosting glass and plastic and is best for used on softer metals, ie brass, bronze and Glass beads will leave a matte finish on metals. Glass bead blasting generally will not change dimensional tolerances.

 

  1. Plastic Media– A relatively dust free blast Plastic media has a high tensile, compressive and flexural strength combined with low hardness. Commonly used for deflashing plastic parts, cleaning molds, dies, electronic connections, circuit boards and car bodies. Plastic media is fairly expensive & available in several sizes.

 

  1. Sand- Plav or Beach– A very common and inexpensive blast Highly aggressive material that can be found at any hardware store or lumber yard. Blasting with sand creates a lot of dust and the repeat usage of sand is minimal.

 

  1. Walnut Shells– This soft aggregate is used in removal of foreign matter and coatings without marring or scratching the Good for use on delicate parts. Not very aggressive.

 

Now on to a couple of other abrasives. These types of media are more abrasive and tend to wear out not only the components in the cabinet, but can be very harsh on whatever you’re attempting to clean or spray. We consider aluminum oxide, silicon carbide and garnet to be highly abrasive that is not recommended for Redline cabinets.

 

 

  1. Aluminum Oxide– Also available in a wide variety of sizes, it is widely used as a cutting/cleaning material. It can produce an ‘anchor’ pattern in preparation for lt’s excellent for removing heavy foreign matter, deburring, etching glass and lettering stone. lt is fast cutting and can be reused several times before discarding.

 

  1. Silicon Carbide– Extremely fast This sharp media is used for cleaning very hard surfaces such as stainless steel. Silicon carbide is also used in cutting and etching into stone and glass. Also available in a variety of sizes.

 

  1. Garnet– Similar to aluminum oxides in Very aggressive and fairly inexpensive.

 

Lastly, we’re going to tell you what NOT to use. Steel Shot and Silica Sand. Silica sand has been linked to health problems and steel shot can cause serious injury if not used in a cabinet specifically designed for it and also treated with extreme care. I hope this helps you in your search for the perfect abrasive.

What’s the difference between Symmetric and Asymmetric Lifts?

Customers are always asking what is the difference between symmetric and asymmetric lifts.  Well, there’s three types of lifts really.  Symmetric, semi-symmetric, and true asymmetric.  Hopefully this video will show you what we mean by this.  If you have questions feel free to ask them. Continue reading What’s the difference between Symmetric and Asymmetric Lifts?

How to assemble the gear drive of a RESC2 spring compressor

We’ve had a couple customers that needed to work on their spring compressors and once you get this little baby apart, it’s hard to get it back together.  Things just sort of go back together rather opposite from how you might think.  It’s a little counter intuitive I suppose.  Well, this should help anybody that needs a hand. Continue reading How to assemble the gear drive of a RESC2 spring compressor