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Types of Grinding Wheels

Grinding wheels are an important tool in many different construction projects. Their abrasive surface can be used for many different purposes, from sharpening tools to shaping masonry to preparing surfaces for painting. There are many different types of grinding wheels out there, and it is important to know which one is best for your needs when you are trying to complete a project.

Straight Wheels

Straight grinding wheels are often used for grinding masonry or metals such as aluminum, steel, or iron. They are the simplest type of wheel, with a basic disc coated in abrasives such as aluminum oxide. Sometimes they are specially treated for reasons such as durability or speed.

Saucer and Bench Wheels

A saucer wheel, on the other hand, is often used for sharpening tools and maintaining saw blades. These wheels are designed to allow for smooth grinding at shallow angles. A bench wheel is used for smaller jobs and minor applications.

Grinding and Cutting Wheels

Some wheels are designed for both cutting and grinding, so that you can trim items and wear them smooth. A cutting and grinding wheel allows you to combine the functionality of a saw with a grinder so that you can work quickly and efficiently.

It is usually inadvisable to use a grinding wheel for a purpose that it was not designed for because you can end up breaking your tools or ruining your materials. Be sure you understand the different types of grinding wheels. Call (800) 603-6887 today for more information about grinding wheels available at Copper State.