Surface treatment tips for barbed wire brushes

Metal manufacturers use barbed wire brushes for surface treatment, surface treatment, burr removal, weld cleaning, and rust and oxide removal. However, barbed wire brushes are not only versatile. They are also reliable. For example, the wire tip removes contaminants, coatings and surface defects without changing the part size. Barbed wire brushes are also unloaded, which means they are not blocked by debris.

Surface treatment barbed wire brush
Do you need a wire barbed wire brush? Are you using them now in the store, or have you tried this barbed wire brush? Whether you are an experienced part manufacturer or a newcomer to metal processing, it is important to choose the right wire wheel type and follow some best practices. For example, do you know that tempered steel wire is more expensive but has a longer service life? Did you know that the barbed wire brush is set to run at a specified surface foot per minute (SFM) speed, and that a large diameter barbed wire brush can achieve this at a lower revolutions per minute (RPM) than a small barbed wire brush? SFM? Let’s take a look at some barbed wire brush tool tips.

Fill material and distortion type
The barbed wire brush uses carbon steel or stainless steel as the filling material. Carbon steel has good wear resistance, cutting action and fatigue resistance. Stainless steel is resistant to abrasion, corrosion, high temperature and chemical corrosion. Filling material is important, but you also need to consider the type of distortion. Press lines or standard strands are used for conventional surfaces. Knotted or tufted cable wraps are more aggressive. The twisted surface of the stinger string is narrow and is mainly used for weld cleaning.

Filament length and packing density
The length and packing density of the filaments may vary, so be sure to select and use the correct type of wire wheel for your job. A longer filament or trimmed barbed wire brushtool fits snugly against the contoured surface. Brushing tools with shorter trims are more suitable for more demanding applications. Fill density (number of wire tips per unit of measure) also affects performance. The lower density wire wheel is more flexible and is ideal for surface cleaning. High-density wheels can run faster and last longer.

Barbed wire brush speed and direction
Like other power barbed wire brushes, wire brushes work best when the brush speed and pressure are right for your specific application. Usually, use the highest possible speed and the lightest possible pressure. However, do not exceed the maximum safe free speed (MSFS) or revolutions per minute (RPM) and avoid applying too much pressure to overheat or bend the filament. If you need to apply more pressure, try a more aggressive brush. To extend the barbed wire brush life, periodically reverse the direction of rotation.

Stainless steel brush – special considerations
The wire wheel is in no-load condition, but this does not mean that the “after rusting” condition will not affect your workpiece. To avoid this problem, do not use stainless steel brushes on carbon steel parts and then on stainless steel parts. Keep the stainless steel brush away from areas that may be exposed to carbon steel particles. For mission critical tasks, degrease the stainless steel reels before starting the operation. Once finished, degrease these wheel brushes again and wrap them in plastic.

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