What Are The Different Types Of Grinding Wheels?
By Anton Donald
A matrix of coarse particles is the main ingredient used in making a grinding wheel. As a result, these wheels are perfect for grinding machines that aid in various abrasive cuttings. Some common materials cut using a grinding wheel are asphalt, concrete, metal, and stainless steel. Therefore, you can understand that these tools are extremely important in industrial and manufacturing firms.
If you are starting an industrial and manufacturing firm, then you must have this tool in your inventory. But before you place a bulk order, you must also know about the different types of grinding wheels available in the market. Here is the list we want to see:
#1. Straight Wheel: This is the most common grinding wheel you will find. It produces a slightly concave surface. Therefore, it comes in handy in pedestal or bench grinding operations. The width, diameter and the form of this wheel depend entirely on the power of the machines and the class of the work.
#2. Cylinder Wheel: This wheel comes in handy only in horizontal or vertical spindle grinders as it is usually large. There is no center mounting support present in this tool. As the end-face of the wheel is the only effective part, it produces only flat surfaces.
#3. Tapered Wheel: This tool comes in handy for gear teeth, grinding thread, and similar activities. A tapered wheel is stronger than a straight wheel. It can also deal with a greater lateral load. This is because a tapered wheel is actually a straight wheel that tapers out towards the center.
#4. Straight Cup: This grinding wheel has an extra radial grinding surface. And this surface makes it a better choice when it comes to tool and cutter grinders.
#5. Diamond Wheel: As the name suggests, this tool has industrial diamonds bonded to the periphery. This is the reason this tool is perfect to grind extremely tough substances like concrete, gemstones, and carbide cutting tips.
#6. Mounted Point: This tool is small and gets bonded to a mandrel. There are 2 types of mounted point - diamond and resin. The diamond-mounted point is useful in carrying out profiling work in hard materials. The resin-mounted point comes in handy for de-burring applications.
#7. Parting Wheel: This tool has radial fibers, thin width and self-sharpening features. It helps in cutting protruding bolts, reinforcement bars, and any material that needs quick trimming. This is the reason it is also popular by the term "cut off wheel."
These are the 7 types of grinding wheels. I'm sure it will now become easier for you to pick the ones according to your specific needs.
Anton Donald is a mechanical engineer working in the company that manufactures die cutting machines. He is also an avid blogger. In this article, he is talking about the different types of grinding wheels.