Weiler Abrasives introduces its new Tiger Pipeliner Grinding Wheels and Tiger Mech Notching Wheels developed specifically for demanding pipeline applications. The company worked directly with pipeline welders and helpers, who tested the products and provided feedback on the wheels’ designs, allowing Weiler Abrasives to ensure that the wheels offer the highest performance possible and operate safely.
Tiger Pipeliner Grinding Wheels are designed to work right out of the box, aggressively digging in when grinding beads, facing the land or prepping transitions — throughout the life of the wheel. This eliminates operators’ inclination to chip the wheels to gain a bite, reducing downtime and increasing safety. A 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. In addition, the wheels’ bond has been formulated for reduced chatter and vibration, which provides more comfortable operator use and keeps 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. Weiler Abrasives offers these Type 27 wheels in 1/8-inch thickness, all with 5/8-11 threaded arbors, and in diameters of 4-1/2, 6, 7 and 9 inches.
“These wheels were developed by input received from welder’s helpers and welders in the market,” says Tony Hufford, category manager – 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-inch 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. They are designed to work on J and K bevels, while offering superior cuts and product life, and are available in wheel diameters of 4-1/2, 5 and 7 inches.
“Everyone we talk to on the right of way is just using a product that fits,” says Hufford. “Now they have the choice to use a product specifically designed for mechanical welding — something that did not exist yesterday.”
For more information about these new pipeline wheels or other pipeline-specific products, visit weilerabrasives.com.