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Diamond Abrasive Wheel Brushes for Harder Materials

Posted March 30, 2015 2:10 PM by Brush Research

Wheel brushes are wheel-shaped brushing tools that remove burrs and improve the surface finish of machined parts. These power brushes are also used for outer diameter (OD) applications such as cleaning, polishing, and edge radiusing. As a full-line supplier of surface finishing solutions, Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) provides many different types of wheel brushes, including NamPower nylon abrasive wheels.

NamPower composite hub nylon abrasive diamond wheel brushes are high-performance brush tools with abrasive-impregnated nylon filaments. These wheel brushes also feature virtually indestructible composite hubs to support their use with equipment and machinery. When selecting a NamPower wheel brush, the type of abrasive is important to consider. Typically, this is a function of the workpiece's base material.

Base Materials and Surface Finishing Applications

NamPower composite hub wheel brushes are available in different abrasive types. NamPower wheels with silicon carbide abrasive are used to deburr and surface finish parts made of industrial metals such as aluminum and steel. NamPower wheel brushes with diamond abrasive filaments are recommended for deburring, surface finishing, and edge radiusing harder materials such as carbide, ceramic, cubic boron nitride (CBN), and glass.

Applications for NamPower diamond wheels include deburring gears made of hardened tool steels, and polishing the flute reliefs on drills, end mills, and reamers made of high-speed steels (HSS) or carbide. With end mills and reamers, a polished flue relief enhances chip removal and promotes better finishes and longer tool life. With carbide inserts, edge radiusing prevents fracturing and premature insert wear. NamPower diamond wheels are also used with plasma-sprayed and nitride-coated surfaces.

Diamond Wheel Brush Specifications

BRM's NamPower nylon abrasive wheel brushes with black diamond filaments are available in three diameters: 100 mm (4 in), 150 mm (6 in), and 200 mm (8 in). The 150 mm and 200 mm diameter wheel brushes have face widths of either 10 mm or 15 mm. The 100 mm diamond wheels come with either a 5 mm or 10 mm face width to accommodate a variety of flue relief sizes. All BRM diamond abrasive wheel brushes come standard in 600 mesh, which provides just the right amount of cutting action.

The relationship between brush diameter and arbor hole size is also important to consider. NamPower composite hub diamond wheels with a diameter of 100 mm have a 20 mm arbor hole. NamPower diamond wheel brushes with diameters of 150 mm or 200 mm have a 3.25-in. arbor hole. BRM produces machined arbor adapters in a variety of sizes, too. These adapters are designed to offer increased brush support, less brush vibration, and longer brush life.

Cost-Effective, High-Performance Diamond Wheels

NamPower diamond abrasive wheel brushes cost significantly less than other diamond wheels on the market, and combine high-performance with greater value for dependable results. These composite hub wheels also feature virtually indestructible cores and have a dense, uniform fill pattern that puts more cutting points at the point of attack. Download the brochure to learn more about NamPower diamond wheels, or contact BRM today.

Author's Note: This CR4 blog entry originally appeared in the BRM Flex-Hone Blog.


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