Best Abrasive Wheel Brushes in 2020



Forney 72733 Wire Wheel Brush, Coarse Crimped with 1/4-Inch Hex Shank, 2-1/2-Inch-by-.012-Inch Review:


 Used this to renew my cast iron pans. My pans had a rough bottom and would burn no matter how I seasoned it. Now they are amazing nonstick pans. My dad loved mine so much he had me use it on his 20+ year old pan which had tons of grime built up. As you can see the pans now look amazing. If you use it for this, wear eye protection as well as a breathing mask. I doubled up my mask the second time I used it. The brush last for three pans. Takes about 15-20 minutes to get it shiny. If you have a vice to hold the pan it helps.



Forney 72759 4-Inch x .020 x 5/8-11 Knot Wire Wheel Review:


I use this wire wheel on my 4-1/2 inch angle grinder. The guard on my grinder did not fit around this to my liking, so I purchased a cheap replacement guard (some generic brand on eBay) and bent it to match the shape I wanted. The guard is removable, so as I switch wheels I can switch the guard so this was fine by me.

I have used this wheel to remove both rust and paint. It works perfectly and the resulting wear on the wire is almost non existent. It is quite aggressive, so very little pressure is needed for my application. After use, the wire deformation was minimal and it kept its shape well, still conforming to the guard I belt to fit it rather tightly. This did not toss wire around during use which is a common issue with wire wheels. Since I do not use this daily, I would believe this will last me many years. Should I need another I would not hesitate to buy this one again.



Forney 72743 Wire Wheel Brush, Fine Crimped with 1/2-Inch and 5/8-Inch Arbor, 5-Inch-by-.008-Inch Review:


I've been using this coarse wire wheel for a couple of weeks now doing rust/oxidation removal on old tools (pipe wrenches, pliers, bolt cutters) as I do tool restoration for a hobby. I am using this on a 1725 RPM 8" grinder and it is working great. I have turned it around once after several hours of use to make it wear longer.



Forney 72788 Wire Wheel Brush, Coarse Crimped with 5/8-Inch-11 Threaded Arbor, 4-Inch-by-.014-Inch Review:


I am refinishing an ornate aluminum pedestal mailbox. Stripping off loose paint. I used a couple of braided grinder brushes from DeWalt. But I needed something a little finer. This thing was amazing. It stripped off paint the braided brushes wouldn't. As I was installing it on the grinder I noticed a single wire that was not attached. Other than that I never noticed one wire eject. I used it about 10 minutes and it still looks brand new. For the price I quite pleased.



DEWALT DW4907 8 Crimped Bench Wire Wheel, 5/8 Arbor, Wide Face.014 Review:


I bought this wire wheel in May 2013 (3 1/2 months ago). I have it mounted on a generic (Chinese) 3/4 HP 3450 RPM buffing machine.

I use this maybe once a week to remove rust/paint from car parts/etc...

The wheel is well balanced on my machine and does a good job of removing slight to moderate surface rust and has a more usable "wide face".
I suspect that most modern machines will accommodate the "wide face". (Do measure.)

From my experience a wire wheel such as this; regardless of the machine, will only burnish the really rusty surface.

For my purposes, this wheel does an adequate job. Beyond this, a chemical rust remover/converter/encapsulator will be needed.

The wheel itself has held together regardless of how much "reasonable" pressure I have applied.

For my purposes this wheel was money well spent.



Forney 72753 4-Inch by 5/8-11 Knotted Cup Brush .020 Carbon Steel Review:


I was a little apprehensive buying this simply because I am not familiar with the Forney brand. I used this for two straight hours on descaling and paint removal on H and I-Beams. The tool had phenomenal removal power and was far faster than the Dewalt straight-wire 3" that I used at the start of the job. Not exactly an apples to apples comparison, but I was still impressed with the quality and speed. It wore very well. None of the knots came undone. Very few wires were lost. I could probably use this for another two hours or more if needed. It proved to be a value for the money.

All cups throw wire, so be prepared and smart with your safety.



Forney 72747 Wire Bench Wheel Brush, Fine Crimped with 1/2-Inch and 5/8-Inch Arbor, 6-Inch-by-.008-Inch Review:


My grinder uses a 1/2" axel so I needed to use the plastic ring to make it fit (otherwise the arbor size is 5/8"). The wheel was too thin (the grinder wheel I removed was 1/2" thick, this is thing is at best 5/16" maybe? So I had to add some washes to keep it centered and be able to tighten the wheel in place. I was worried that given the extra space inside the wheel case the wires would spread out, but they didn't, they held their shape pretty well, which is really good as it does not scratches the inside of my wheel case. I was worried that would put extra stress on the motor. I used it for about 20 minutes today and had no problems. Even after some use removing rust from some tools it kept its shape pretty well.

Make sure you use the right arbor size or you would get a hell of a lot of vibration I would expect. All and all for the price, great product, the Dewalt brush wheels do look to be better quality but I can buy 3 of these for the price of one Dewalt...hence the 5 star rating.