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Find the Correct Cutting Wheel for Your Next Job

United Abrasives Cutting Wheels Make Tough Jobs Easy

The versatility of United Abrasives cutting wheels has made the jobs of welders, fabricators and maintenance technicians easier. Cutting wheels provide them with a quick and simple way to cut pieces of metal without the need for dragging around bulky equipment. But to truly get the most out of your cutting wheels, without sacrificing time or efficiency, users need to know how to choose the correct cutting wheel for the job they are performing.

Choose the Right United Abrasives Cutting Wheel for Your Job

United Abrasives offers a wide variety of options of cutting wheels for any job you may encounter. Choosing the proper cutting wheel for the job you will be performing will lead to more efficient cutting, longer tool life and a better overall end product. Read on to learn more about the different options of wheel styles, sizes and grain types United Abrasives has to offer.

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.045″ Cutting Wheels

United Abrasives .045″ cutting wheels are the best choice for efficient cutting. They should never be used for deburring metal after cutting or grinding. This type of misuse could result in wheel failure resulting in severe injury.

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United Abrasives .090″ cutting wheels are designed for cutting and notching metal. Notching is a shearing process during which a metal scrap piece is removed from the outside edge of a metal workpiece prior to welding.

Ultimate Combo™ Wheels

United Abrasives Ultimate Combo™ Wheels are the most UltimateComboCuttingWheelsversatile cutting wheel available. Ultimate Combo™ Wheels have a .095″ thickness. This combination wheel allows operators to cut, notch, debur and light grind without the need to change the wheel.

Configurations of Cutting Wheels Available

There are two basic types of configurations available for cutting wheels.

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This is a flat cutting wheel that allows for a maximum depth of cut.

Type 27 / Type 42 Cutting Wheels

Originally developed and patented by United Abrasives, this configuration of cutting wheel features more of a rigid feel while cutting, enhanced operator visibility of the cut and the ability to flush cut as the raised hub allows for the locking nut to be recessed. These wheels are also available with a 5/8″-11 quick change hub for ease of mounting.

Grain Types Available for Cutting Wheels

Aluminum Oxide Grain

Aluminum Oxide grain cutting wheels are the most common grain type for cutting wheels. These wheels deliver very good cut rates and durability. They tend to have a lower initial cost for the user which lends to its popularity.

Zirconium Grain

Zirconium grain cutting wheels feature an extremely durable design. These wheels are used for high performance cutting with long life and feature a low cost-per-cut ratio.

Ceramic Grain

Ceramic grain cutting wheels allow for long life and fast cutting speeds. Ceramics also tend to cut cooler, minimizing discoloration while maximizing product life.

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Abrasives FAQs

In the same way that not all fasteners are the same (self-drilling, nuts and bolts, security fasteners, etc.), not all grinding wheels are the same. All the differences raise any number of questions about our grinding wheels.

What factors should be considered when choosing a grinding wheel?

Before selecting a grinding wheel, you should know exactly what task you want to accomplish with it. Wheels vary in the following ways:

  • diameter
  • type of abrasive
  • optimal speeds
  • grit
  • wheel thickness
  • shape
  • grinding area
  • material

What are the different grinding wheel configurations?

Grinding wheels are categorized according to shape and purpose. These categories are called types and labeled with a number. Occasionally types are subcategorized, and the number is followed by a letter (Type 27A, for example). There are numerous wheel configurations, but the four most common are Type 1, Type 27, Type 28, and Type 29.

What are the applications for some of the different wheel shapes?

Type 1 is called a straight wheel because from the edges through the center, the wheel is a straight line. This is the type of wheel most people envision when they think of grinding wheels. Straight wheels differ from other types in that their grinding surface is the outside edge of the wheel. Because of the shape of the grinding surface, straight wheels may be used on cylindrical surfaces with a concave shape. Typically attached to a bench, they are also used to sharpen other tools. 

Type 27 is a depressed center wheel. As the name implies, the center of the wheel is lower than the rest of the surface of the wheel. This creates a larger grinding surface because the flat area of the wheel can be used without interference from the center connection. Type 27 is great for grinding flat surfaces or cleaning edges. 

Type 28 is a saucer-shaped wheel. It looks similar to the depressed center wheel except for the surface of the wheel is angled rather than flat. The angles make for easier visibility because the entire surface of the wheel is not being used at one time. Saucer wheels are helpful for corner and side grinding as well as de-burring work. 

Type 29 is a flexible wheel. As the name indicates, it is more flexible than the other wheels discussed so far. The flexible nature of this type of wheel reduces vibrations the user experiences, which, in turn, reduces user fatigue over long stretches of time. Flexibility also provides a closer fit for smoothing and grinding contoured surfaces.

Where is the best place to store a grinding wheel?

While most tools are typically stored in a garage, workshop or truck bed toolbox, it is best to store grinding wheels somewhere with a bit more climate control. Like paint, the bond that holds the abrasive to the wheels can become comprised at extreme temperatures or humidity levels. If the abrasive does not adhere to the wheel, the grinding function will be poor. Store your grinding wheels in a dry location with a fairly constant temperature.