Spiral brushes are one type of the many types of brushes available to help a variety of customers, from industrial parts manufacturers, to medical professionals, to food processing specialists, to lab workers, clean and treat surfaces and hard-to-reaches places. As one might guess, spiral brushes are characterized by their spiral bristle configuration and cylindrical shape. Some of the most common applications of spiral brushes include: conveyor belt cleaning, deburring, bottle and flue cleaning, polishing and swabbing. Because they are so frequently made with twisted-wire bristles, some people use the term “twisted-in wire brushes,” interchangeably with “spiral brushes.” However, this is a mistake, and spiral brushes can be fabricated using many styles other than twisted-in wire. Brushes that commonly qualify as spiral brushes also include cylinder brushes, wheel brushes, coiled strip brushes and twisted knot wheel brushes. The applications for which a spiral brush may be used are incredibly broad. However, the options become narrower and easier to digest when one looks at each possible configuration separately.
To begin, twisted-in wire brushes have bristles that are clamped and spiral twisted between folded wire. Easy and inexpensive to manufacture, they are available in both large and very small configurations. Therefore, they are the perfect choice for the surfacing and cleaning of areas that cannot normally be reached, such as internal threads, keyways, the insides of condenser tubes and other narrow tubes and valves. They’re also often used for the cleaning of cans, bottles, fireplace flues, sockets and socket fittings and medical instrumentation, as well as general polishing, swabbing and deburring. Cylinder brushes are cylindrically shaped and have outward facing bristles. Some of the cleaning, surfacing, scrubbing and deburring applications that they perform relate to and/or involve: industrial conveyor systems, bakery and food conveyor belts, products on a conveyor line, plating processes, block and brick manufacturing, lumber mills and more. Additionally, spiral cylinder brushes may be self-cleaning, which makes them the perfect choice for those looking to remove unwanted particles from a moving web. Spiral wheel brushes are comprised of a solid circular base and radiating bristles. They, too, are often employed for various conveyor-related tasks, such as cleaning, dusting, lint brushing, static dissipation, surface finishing, surface roughening and food product washing. Additionally, they are useful in paint removal, rust and scale removal, weld blending and deburring. Wheel brushes are often capable of connection with one or more power tools, such as robotic finishing equipment, bench grinders, handheld grinder and drills. Similar to cylinder brushes and wheel brushes, coiled strip brushes, also known as rotary strip brushes, are cylindrical in shape, with outward facing bristles. Typical coiled strip brush applications include: material handling, glass washing, screen cleaning, lint removal, pipe cleaning, textile felting, conveyor cleaning, sorting, panel dusting and fruit and vegetable washing. The bristles of the last common spiral brush type, the twisted knot wheel brush, are made of heavy, straight tempered wire that has been twisted and grouped closely together. The configuration of these bristles allows the twisted knot wheel brush to offer heightened abrasion services. Per their abrasive nature, twisted knot wheel brushes are used for more substantial cleaning and treating processes, such as rough surface preparation, weld cleaning and heavy flash removal.
For as many spiral brush configuration options as there are, there are twice as many spiral brush bristle material options. Bristle material choice is always determined by a brush’s intended application. For example, if a spiral brush is intended to deburr, it must be made with a strong metal material that will not erode easily or substantially when it comes in contact with another metal. Light washing applications, on the other hand, require a brush with a material that will not cause scratching or abrasion. Twisted-in wire brushes are mostly made of polypropylene, nylon, aluminum, steel or brass. Cylinder brushes, wheel brushes both and coiled strip brushes alike, on the other hand, are all most often offered with a mix of natural, synthetic and wire bristle material options, such as tampico, horsehair, polyester, nylon, abrasive nylon, polypropylene, bronze, brass, steel and stainless steel. Because twisted knot wheel brushes are used for tougher tasks, they are offered with carbon steel or stainless steel bristles, for sparking applications, or brass or bronze, for non-sparking applications. All brush styles are available with a wide variety of bristle/wire widths and trim lengths. In addition to the array of standard brush styles, bristle widths and trim lengths, spiral brushes can usually be custom designed to fit specific application or industry requirements.More Spiral Brushes Information
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Spiral Brush – Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc.
Spiral Brush – Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc.