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Types of Abrasive wheels

Types of Abrasive wheels

Here you will discover what an Abrasive wheel is and the types available. Abrasive wheel courses are available at TAC Ltd, contact us today for more information.

What is an Abrasive Wheel?

Abrasive wheel’s are usually defined as a wheel consisting of abrasive particles bonded together using organic or inorganic substances such as resin.

Machines associated with abrasive wheels

  • Angle Grinders
  • Bench Grinders
  • Chop Saws
  • Table Saws
  • Petrol Cut Off Saws

Types of wheels

Cutting off wheels : subject to maximum thickness and hole size limitations. This might be steel centered with diamond abrasive or organic bonded abrasives.

Abrasive wheels: Are cutting tools consisting of abrasive grains, held together by organic or inorganic bonds. Diamond and reinforced wheels are included.

Organic wheels:Bonded by an organic material. For example resin, rubber, shellac, or other similar bonding agent.

Inorganic wheel: bonded by an inorganic material. Such as clay, glass, porcelain, sodium silicate, magnesium oxychloride, or metal.

Vitrified wheel: A subset of inorganic wheels. Bonded with clay, glass, porcelain, or related ceramic materials.

Wire brush and buffing wheels: Other types of grinding wheel attachments include wire brush and buffing wheels that are usually used for cleaning.

Wheel Markings:

All wheels must include:

  • Trade mark & Test records
  • Restrictions
  • Expiry date
  • Speed strip
  • Dimensions in mm
  • Specification mark
  • Code number
  • Maximum operating speed and ISO Type No (Shape)
  • Wheels must have the speed marked clearly in RPM

Other information should include:

  • Sizes – Diameter, Bore and Thickness
  • Suppliers Name – Accountability
  • Usage – Stone or Metal (Steel)
  • British Standard Marking

 Types of Abrasive Wheels:

Type 1:

  • Straight Sided Vitrified Wheels
  • Bench Grinders-up to 250mm

Type 2

  • Depressed Centre Grinding Wheels
  • Angle Grinders

Type 41

  • Straight Sided Cut-Off Wheels
  • Angle Grinders, Chop Saws, Petrol Cut-Off Saws

Type 42

  • Depressed Centre
  • Cut-Off Wheels Angle Grinder

Diamond Segmented blade

  • Petrol cut-off saw
  • Angle grinder
  • Floor saw

 Abrasive Wheel Regulations

Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

The primary objective of PUWER is to ensure that work equipment, including abrasive wheels, do not give rise to risks to health and safety. Regardless of the work equipment’s age, condition or origin.

It is a legal requirement under the PUWER act that anyone required to use abrasive wheels must attend formal training

Requirements of the regulations include:

  • Have a Certificate of Training
  • Deemed Competent by your Employer
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98)
  • Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992 (as amended)

Looking to attend an Abrasive wheel’s course?

We offer a half day abrasive wheels courses, including classroom, demonstration and practical based training. Providing delegates with the opportunity to learn how to safely mount Abrasive Wheels and meet both the Legal and Company requirements.

For more information about the abrasive wheels course please follow the link

To book a course please call 0115 985 2455 of complete the booking form.




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