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NEW ULTRATHIN CUTTING WHEELS PRODUCE QUICK, CLEAN CUTS AND HAVE DURABILITY TYPICALLY NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THIN WHEELS

4Compared to conventional .045 cutting wheels, ultrathin 1-mm wheels for use with right-angle grinders cut fast and leave a smooth, burr-free cut and a clean seam.

Ultrathin cutting wheels are primarily used in thinner materials. Just a few of the many applications include thin sheet metal such as ductwork, tubes, profiles (any type of stamped or punched part that is flat) and cross-section rods 1/2 in. or less. Applications also include welding repair operations, such as cutting out and replacing a damaged section of a part.

One example is in trailer and railcar manufacturing operations where the company makes one “standard” car or trailer and has to quickly modify or customize it for specific customer needs. This could include cutting out holes for additional electrical boxes, power outlets, conduit channels or lighting fixtures.

“In my experience, the biggest challenge at these facilities is making the repair or modification without doing additional damage to the part and creating additional work,” says Rick Hopkins, senior product manager, Weiler Abrasives Group. “In these types of operations, you want to make as little impact as possible on the part so you don’t have additional repaint or refinish operations. This often requires cutting clean holes in a previously finished part.”

The best way to accomplish this is with 1-mm ultrathin cutting wheels that produce smooth and burr-free cuts, minimizing any additional rework. 

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