The proper method of operation when using the flap wheel

Release Date:2023-05-30 14:01

The flap wheel, also known as a cartridge wheel, is a type of coated abrasive product. Each flap wheel is composed of hundreds or thousands of cloth pieces bonded together, hence the name.

Made with aluminum oxide as the abrasive and cloth as the backing material, the flap wheel is manufactured through a production line process. The cloth is layered and adhered together with a full resin bonding. The upper and lower grooves on the chuck secure the abrasive flaps between them. The inner sides of the flaps have L-shaped locking grooves and fastening rings at both ends. The fastening rings are securely connected to the locking grooves through adhesive bonding, resulting in the formation of the flap wheel.

The flap wheel is suitable for large-scale rough grinding, finishing, rust removal, and grinding on various surfaces, including stainless steel, metal, wood, furniture, and stone. It is widely used in polishing and shaping irregular surfaces, as well as in rust removal and polishing of different materials in mechanical manufacturing. The flap wheel offers high polishing efficiency and long service life. It is commonly used in industries such as automobile manufacturing, heavy machinery, ship repair, stainless steel, aluminum alloy, hardware, and decoration.


To accurately operate the flap wheel, it should be positioned with its rotation facing towards the operator and operated at full speed. Apply polishing wax gently to the edge of the wheel for a few seconds, allowing the wax to adhere to the wheel (do not place wax on objects that have already been polished). Hold the workpiece lightly against the wheel, ensuring that the workpiece is positioned below the center axis of the wheel to prevent it from being thrown out of hand.

The proper technique for using the flap wheel is to lightly touch the workpiece against the wheel and then remove it. This helps to remove sharp edges on the surface and prevents unevenness. If needed, apply additional wax, but avoid using an excessive amount. Excessive wax can cause deep and uneven marks on the workpiece. If accidentally applied too much wax, remove it with a wire brush or similar tool and reapply as necessary. Avoid pressing the wax onto the wheel's surface with force; let the wheel rotate freely.

When entering the final polishing stage, ensure that no coarse particles remain on the wheel to prevent scratching. After completing the polishing process, use a soft cloth with talcum powder to wipe the surface of the workpiece, removing any residual wax. If necessary, perform wax removal treatment on the workpiece. A simple trial can help to grasp the entire process.

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