Typically when people think of wheels it is of something that is able to transport an item from one place to another. This could be the wheel on a car, airplane, or possibly even a toy car. Whatever it is that’s moving, a wheel is closely associated with transportation. However in the case of wheel brushes, this is not exactly the case. While the wheel does move back and forth, it is more for the purpose of finishing an object then moving something. Wheel brushes are used for deburring, polishing, surface finishing, weld blending, rough surface preparation, preparing weld seams and removing paint, rust, adhesives or carbon. There are many uses, all assisting in making a product look perfectly formed and often, brand new.
A wheel brush does look a lot like a normal wheel. It consists of a wheel hub with bristles attached around the outside. An arbor, or gear shaft, is attached through the hole in the wheel hub. The bristle material can be comprised of three different materials. It can be made of wire, impregnated wire or abrasive nylon. All three of these options are tough, durable materials that allow the process to be efficient and the wheel to last through many, many uses. Wire materials are numerous, including steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, nickel silver, copper or even titanium. With abrasive nylon, the nylon is infused with silicon carbide, diamond or aluminum oxide to give it its abrasiveness.
The shape of the brushes and wide variety of sizes makes it the ideal option for the tough to reach places. This makes it applicable in automotive, ventilation, refrigeration, aerospace, medical, optics, textiles and electronics. They can be used for turbine blades, aluminum wheels, transmission valve bodies, bench grinders, pump gears or finishing equipment. The possibilities and options are endless, making this brush vital in the industrial world.