BONDED ABRASIVES GUIDE
Bonded abrasives are natural or synthetic abrasive grains "bonded" into a solid form, usually in the shape of a wheel . . . they include grinding and cut-off wheels, snagging wheels, segments, mounted wheels, plugs, and cones.
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Bonded abrasive products are used for the following applications: Grinding, stock removal, weld blending, cutting, sharpening, beveling, & precision type finishing.
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BONDED ABRASIVES 101
Bonded abrasives come in a variety of grains, grit sizes, bonding compositions, sizes & shapes.
They consist of a mixture of abrasive grains, fillers, and bonding materials.
Bonding agents can be resin, rubber, shellac, epoxy, magnesite, or plastic.
As the wheel spins against the surface of a work piece, the grains fracture and wear away. As the top layer wears, a new layer of grains is exposed, as the wheel continues to shrink in diameter.
Throughout the industry, many developments have been made using new types of abrasive grain and bonds to increase the performance. Each product is designed to give a specific finish, speed of cutting, and stock removal or cutting requirements.
The bonding compositions determine working characteristics. Softer bonds are referred to as fast cut, due to wear rates that quickly expose new grains. Harder bonds are called long life, making the wheels more durable.
Contamination-free bonds are available for stainless steel applications.
Resin-bonded products are used for a wide range of applications, ranging from the tool room, foundry floor, or the job site. These include common products such as grinding discs, grinding wheels, cut-off wheels, and mounted points.
Vitrified wheels and segments are used in the tool rooms with production surface grinders or center-less machines.
Most Common Grains Available: Ceramic Zirconia Aluminum Oxide Silicon Carbide Diamond CBN Combination Grains
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Bonded Abrasive Types & Common Uses
Bench & Pedestal Grinding Wheels
Bench and pedestal grinding wheels are great for metal removal, deburring, shaping, and sharpening. A long lasting and dependable grinding wheel.
Chop, Portable & Street Saw Wheels
These wheels are engineered to cut faster than ceramic products offering significant productivity gains. Metalworking professionals value its fast cutting action on heat sensitive metals and its abrasive cutting wheel efficiency, yielding 2 to 7X more cuts than conventional cut-off wheels in many cases.