Industrial Brushing Tools are used for a wide variety of functions which might be classified as:

  • Cutting – each wire acts as a small cutting tool. The degree of cutting depends on wire stiffness and hardness.
  • Surface Modifying – brushes used to smooth or blend surfaces or, alternately, depending on relative hardness, to roughen the surface.
  • Cleaning – breaking foreign materials loose from the base material and moving them away.
  • Miscellaneous – conducting heat or electricity, carrying loads, transporting or throwing materials.

The following table is a guide only to the general types of Newark brushes that are used in various typical applications. This guide should be used in conjunction with the following table of modifying factors for each particular application. Newark Brush consultants are always available to help you pinpoint your needs more closely.

Typical Applications

FunctionTypeApplicationNewark BrushesTypical Fill Material
CuttingDeburring expanded metalWide face.014 steel
Deburring expanded metalKnot wheel.014 temp. steel
HeavyDeburring threadsNarrow face
Wire wheel
.011 temp. steel
Edge blendingWide face.014 high carbon steel
Masonry cuttingKnot wheel.035 steel
MediumDeburring ductile materialSectionDry tampico, treated tampico plus compound
Surface blendingWide face.008 high carbon steel
Flash removalWheel
.006 steel tampico
LightLog debarkingKnot wheel.023 steel
Varnish removalWide face.008 high carbon steel
Wire strippingWide face
.008 high carbon steel & .011 temp. steel
Surface ModifyingBuffingSection
Wide face
Tampico plus compound .006 steel
Finishing (satin)Wheel.008 wire
Finishing to 20 micro inchWheel.005 steel
Finishing to 4-5 micro inchSections (lg. dia.)Dry tampico, treated tampico plus compound
Jewelry polishingWheel.005 steel & brass
tampico & horsehair
Buffing paperSection
Dry tampico
.005 - .014 steel
Buffing rubber tires and valvesWide face.011 temp. steel
RougheningDefibering wood pulpKnot wheel.014 steel
Dulling plasticSectionTreated tampico
Texturing metalsWheel(Depending on metal softness)
CleaningCleaning ConveyorWide face
.006 - .014 depending on severity of adhesion
Cleaning masonry & formsWide face.014 temp. steel
Cleaning weldsCup brush.030
HeavyDescaling (general)Knot wheel
.023 steel
.014 temp. steel
Descaling hot bar & rodWide face.023 steel
.014 temp steel
Removing weld spatterKnot wheel
Cup brush
.030 steel
Cleaning light scaleNarrow.008, .011 temp. steel
Cleaning mold cavitiesEnd brush (solid).014
Cleaning tubes(Heavy duty) section
Wide face wheel
.008 high carbon steel
MediumPreparing for laminatingCylinder brush
Polypropylene or .008 stainless steel
Removing carbon depositsEnd brush (solid).023 steel
Removing rustWheel.008 & .011 temp. steel
Scrubbing strip steelCylinder brushPolypropylene or .008 stainless steel
Cleaning cansCylinder brush & wheelNylon .006 stainless steel
Cleaning foodCylinderNylon or polyproylene
LightCleaning glasses & bottlesTwisted wire & gobletNylon polypropylene
Cleaning jewelryWheelHorsehair & nylon
Cleaning printed circuitsSection
.004 or .006 steel
Preparing epoxySection
Treated tampico
.006 temp. steel
Removing dust & lintSectionDry tampico and polypropylene
MiscellaneousDistributing fertilizerWheelNylon
Electrical contactEnd brushCopper & steel
Heat transferWheel.003 steel
Spreading clothSection
Nylon & Propylene
Throwing granular materialNarrow
.014 steel
Transporting sheet stockCylinder.011


There are always modifying factors that affect even the initial selection of brushes. The size of the drive equipment available will limit brush diameter width and arbor holes. The shape of the work piece will often dictate the shape of the brush. If after initial evaluation the desired results are not obtained, the following table will indicate, generally the steps to be taken. Click here for troubleshooting.