Tiger® Pipeliner grinding wheels and Tiger Mech notching wheels from Weiler Abrasives (Cresco, PA) are developed specifically for demanding pipeline applications. The company worked directly with pipeline welders and helpers who tested these wheels and provided feedback on their designs to ensure that they offer the highest performance possible and operate safely. Tiger Pipeliner grinding wheels work right out of the box, aggressively digging in throughout the life of the wheel when grinding beads, facing the land or prepping transitions. This eliminates an operator’s inclination to chip the wheels to gain a bite, reducing downtime and increasing safety. Its unique design, along with a special mix of top-quality abrasive grains, delivers a fast cut rate and easily removes wagon tracks from the weld bead, while a strong bond delivers long wheel life without glazing on fresh welds. The wheels’ bond has also been formulated for reduced chatter and vibration to provide more comfortable operator use and keep the wheel from jumping out of the bevel.
One wheel does it all. There is no longer the need to choose between a bead grinding wheel and a wheel designed for angle grinding or facing the land. Tiger Pipeliner wheels can be used for all operations commonly done on the right of way or in the yard, and feature angle-of-use markings to ensure safe and proper use. These Type 27 wheels are available in 1/8 in thickness, all with 5/8-11 threaded arbors and in diameters of 4-1/2 in, 6 in, 7 in and 9 in. “These wheels were developed by input received from welder’s helpers and welders in the market,” explained Tony Hufford, the category manager for metal fabrication at Weiler Abrasives. “We worked the right of way with over 20 contractors in the Northeast and West Texas to develop, test and validate our unique design. In a traditional industry that doesn’t see much change, the next big thing has arrived!”
Tiger Mech notching wheels are the first of their kind in the industry, manufactured slightly thinner than a 1/8 in wheel to fit the thinner bevel. These high-performance wheels are capable of grinding the starts and stops of the weld bead without widening or scarring the narrower channel created by the mechanical pipe welding process. Like the Tiger Pipeliner grinding wheels, these ceramic-infused wheels for notching applications include a special blend of high-performance grains and are designed to offer superior cuts and product life while working on J and K bevels. They are available in wheel diameters of 4-1/2 in, 5 in and 7 in. “Everyone we talk to on the right of way is just using a product that fits,” noted Hufford. “Now they have the choice to use a product specifically designed for mechanical welding, something that did not exist yesterday.”
Weiler Abrasives, One Weiler Drive, Cresco, PA, 18326-0149, 800-835-9999, www.weilerabrasives.com.
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