Cutting and Weld Prep

A good weld starts with good preparation. This is the place to find information on equipment for beveling, deburring, grinding, and sanding.

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TPJTV: Refurbishing a Modern Aircraft Supercarrier

TPJTV: Refurbishing a Modern Aircraft Supercarrier

January 3, 2017

Learn about the only refueling stop in the 50-year service life of a USN Aircraft supercarrier; the refueling and complex overhaul, or RCOH. Every system gets either overhauled or replaced.

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ESAB 2017: Redefining what’s possible in welding and cutting

ESAB 2017: Redefining what’s possible in welding and cutting

December 5, 2016

By: ESAB Welding & Cutting Products

See how ESAB’s breakthrough 2017 product releases are redefining what’s possible in welding and cutting.

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Ceramic flap discs grind all metals

December 1, 2016

CS Unitec's new PLANTEX® ceramic discs have been developed for grinding such metals as stainless steel, steel, aluminum, titanium, bronze, and special alloys. The abrasive structure helps reduce heat when grinding, preventing heat discoloration on the workpiece.The discs feature a backing plate...

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Failure modes and solutions for ID scarfing tools

November 21, 2016 | By Mike Nelson

Scarfing tools are prone to chipping and breakage caused by mechanical vibrations and thermal shocks. Understanding the causes of these problems is the first step in extending scarfing tool life.

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Ultrathin cutting wheels offer improved stability for safety

November 18, 2016

Weiler Abrasives Group has introduced Tiger® UltraCut thin cutting wheels. The 1-mm-thick wheels offer fast cutting and long life, the company reports.Solid Core technology helps increase wheel density to reduce friction and improve stability for operator safety. The ultrathin wheels deliver clean...

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9-in. cordless angle grinder produces 2,400 W

November 3, 2016

Metabo Corp. has introduced WPB 36 LTX BL 230, which the company says is the first 9-in. cordless angle grinder. It combines a 36-V brushless motor and a lithium high-density battery to produce 2,400 W (21 amps), which is equivalent to the company’s corded 9-in. W 24-230 angle grinder. The...

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Diamond abrasive wheel serves as alternative to abrasive cutoff wheels

October 19, 2016

LENOX® has introduced the METALMAX™ diamond abrasive wheel. Designed as an alternative to abrasive cutoff wheels, the product helps deliver smooth cuts, retain diameter, and decreased dust residue. The metal cutting diamonds bonded to the wheel’s surface endure high cutting speeds and...

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Abrasive disc redesigned

October 14, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies has redesigned the Zip Wheel™ to be faster, more rigid, and more powerful, with the lowest cost per cut in its category, according to the company. The disc has been re-engineered from the ground up to provide more cuts per wheel, extra durability, and added safety, the...

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When weld prep matters

September 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A welding and fabrication company specializing in large-diameter pipe found that a switch in its grinding consumables made all the difference in safety, productivity, and weld quality.

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Wire brushes, grinding wheels, and flap discs, oh my!

September 19, 2016 | By Rick Hopkins

Do you know the difference between a wire brush, a grinding wheel, and a flap disc? Knowing this can help ensure you are spending more time welding and less time cleaning and making repairs.

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Abrasive flap discs re-engineered for longer cut life

September 15, 2016

Weiler Abrasives Group has rebranded its Vortec Pro® abrasive flap discs under its Wolverine® family of products. The discs have been re-engineered to deliver maximum cut rate and increased life, states the company. They are suitable for grinding and blending in everyday carbon and stainless...

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Cutting, grinding wheel line expanded

September 9, 2016

Weiler offers products for cleaning, grinding, cutting, deburring, and finishing that help fabricators work better, faster, and safer, the company reports. Its expanded abrasives line includes a tiered offering of cutting and grinding wheels that deliver consistent performance. The Premium Tiger...

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Pferd to host Manufacturing Day event on Oct. 7

September 8, 2016

Pferd Inc., a manufacturer of brushes, abrasives, and power tools, will host a Manufacturing Day event on Oct. 7, 2016, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at its Milwaukee facility. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing, occurring on the first Friday in October, meant to inspire the next...

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Abrasive disc line includes depressed-center, cutoff, and flap discs

August 31, 2016

Osborn has introduced a new line of abrasive products that includes depressed-center grinding discs, cutoff discs, and flap discs. The line is designed to deliver fast cutting, heavy stock removal, long service life, application material versatility, and smooth finish.The discs, offered in...

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Band saw basics: 5 keys to good cutting

August 29, 2016 | By Jim Larson

There are five keys to making a quality cut: coolant, the blade, downfeed, workpiece support, and machine maintenance. If you understand these critical factors, you should be able to achieve good cuts every time.

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