When it comes to working with tools that have cutting edges, sharp is the order of the day. Sharp edges get the job done. Dull cutting edges only cause problems along the manufacturing line. Nobody wants their piecework to come off the line with ragged edges. Companies are continually turning to edge preparation systems to keep their cutting instruments sharp and in good working order. It doesn’t matter if you’re utilizing drills, endmills, reamers, taps, shaper cutters, stick blades, or saw blades, sharp edges cut better.
To keep all your cutting instruments on the manufacturing line sharp, you need an edge prep system in place that has the proper brush (or brushes) for your edge prep needs. At MET, we’re a manufacturer of edge prep systems that can produce an edge prep on a wide variety of tool styles, shapes, and sizes. At the same time, we’re also a resource and a supplier for replacement edge prep brushes. In the following paragraphs, we’ll look at some of the brushes our edge prep systems utilize.
Ceramic Brushes for Edge Prep – This brush media features a more aggressive cut rate than silicon carbide (not quite as much as diamond). Ceramic brush media is frequently used as a “roughing brush” which may be followed by a silicon carbide or diamond brush for finishing. Several brush choices are available.
Diamond Brushes for Edge Prep – As you can imagine, these diamond brushes offer great stock removal during the edge prep process. The diamond edge prep brushes also turn out a highly polished end-result. For beautiful results unlike other brush media, choose diamond brushes for edge prep.
Silicon Carbide Brushes for Edge Prep – Cost effective, reliable, and an available in a variety of end-result options, the silicon edge prep replacement brushes are perfect for rough and finish edge prep. Silicon carbide brushes are available in a selection of filament diameters, grit sizes, and trim lengths.