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It's What Mechanics Want: BRM's 10-Piece Flex-Hone® Automotive Kit

Posted by Team BRM on Jan 23, 2017 12:02:26 PM

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), inventors of Flex-Hone® technology, is now offering a special 10-piece kit that’s ideal for automotive applications such as brake calipers, lifter bores, and U-joint yokes. Because flexible honing provides a superior surface finish with an oil-holding cross-hatched pattern, BRM ball hones are a great choice for bearing and bushing applications, too.

Trusted by professional mechanics and hobbyists alike, Flex-Hone® tools feature abrasive globules that provide a soft, cutting action. BRM supplies flexible hones for cylinders of any size or type, but users now have a way to get a range of silicon carbide (SC) tools in one convenient kit. BRM’s special 10-piece kit also includes Flex-Hone® oil, how-to videos and instructions for use, and a premium BRM baseball cap.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Gun Tools and Knife Tools at SHOT Show

Posted by Team BRM on Jan 16, 2017 10:21:34 AM

If you’re lucky enough to be at SHOT Show this week, there’s a good chance you’ll win big on the tradeshow floor. Each year, members of the shooting, hunting, and firearms industry learn valuable lessons from commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement, and tactical products. By turning their newfound knowledge into profits, SHOT Show participants reap the rewards all year long.

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), a full-line manufacturer of metalworking tools, has the surface finishing solutions that guns owners, firearms manufacturers, and knife makers need. From January 17 to 20, 2017, BRM will be in Booth #1617 at the Sands Expo Center. But even if you’re not in Las Vegas this week, you can still see Flex-Hone® and NamPower technologies for yourself.

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Topics: NamPower Abrasive Disc Brushes, Flex-Hone, flex-hone for firearms

Wire Wheel Brushes: Three Tips for Longer Tool Life

Posted by Team BRM on Jan 9, 2017 9:57:07 AM

Wire wheel brushes are metalworking tools for blending, cleaning, deburring, edge blending, and surface finishing. You’ll find these industrial brushes in plenty of machine shops, but some metalworkers are using them in a way that can shorten brush tool life.

For example, some users believe that power brushes work best when there’s a “scrubbing action” with plenty of pressure and friction. What happens, however, is that wire brushes used in this way wear sooner. Plus, the metal filaments can break and literally fly across the shop. 

For wire wheel brushes that last longer, follow these tips from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM).

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Topics: wheel brushes

Five Gun Maintenance Tips for Flex-Hone® for Firearms Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Jan 3, 2017 10:55:17 AM

For gun maintenance and cleaning, Flex-Hone® for Firearms tools get great results. Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), these gun tools remove residues, surface imperfections, and machining marks from any type or size of cylinder, slide, chamber, magazine tube, or smooth bore barrel. By improving cylinder surface finish, flexible honing promotes lubrication and reduces fouling, too.

Flex-Hone® for Firearms tools don’t require any special training or instruction, but there’s a right way to use BRM’s gun tools. Here are five gun maintenance tips for shooters who want to target surface finishing success in 2017.

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Topics: flex-hone for firearms

The Top 5 BRM Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by Team BRM on Dec 27, 2016 8:53:55 AM

The BRM Official Blog is ending the year by looking back at how we’ve helped readers find solutions to surface finishing and deburring challenges.

As a full-line supplier of flexible honing tools and industrial brushes, we’ve covered plenty topics in 2016. Here are our Top 5 Blog Posts in terms of views. 

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Topics: Flex-Hone, wheel brushes

Flex-Hone® Tips for Abrasives and Grits

Posted by Heather Jones on Dec 19, 2016 10:38:26 AM

BRM Flex-Hone® tools come in 10 abrasive types and 11 grit sizes. When it's time to select and use a flexible cylinder hone, remember these two rules about deburring and surface finishing. 

  • The base material of your workpiece determines which abrasive type to select.  
  • The amount of work to perform and the degree of surface improvement that’s required determines which grit size – or sizes – to use.

Here’s what else you need to know about abrasives and grits for Flex-Hone® tools.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Four Tips for Flex-Hone® Lubrication

Posted by Team BRM on Dec 12, 2016 1:00:29 PM

Flex-Hone® tools always require the use of a lubricant. If you don’t use the tool wet, you’ll load up your flexible cylinder hone with tiny bits of abrasive material and cast-off metal. Using the tool dry can also cause debris to become embedded in the workpiece. The lack of a lubricant can generate excessive heat and shorten tool life, too.

To prevent problems like tool loading, excess heat, and premature wear, always use a good-quality lubricant like BRM Flex-Hone® oil. Never use solvents, and remember to lubricate the tool generously and properly. By following the advice in this article, you can hone more efficiently and cost-effectively.    

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Flex-Hone® Tips for Speed and Stroke Rate

Posted by Team BRM on Dec 6, 2016 10:12:31 AM

Flex-Hone® tools impart the ideal surface finish to cylinder walls. Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), these flexible cylinder hones mount in most any rotating spindle.  Some users chuck BRM ball hones in a handheld electric drill. Others mount Flex-Hone® tools in a drill press, milling machine, or lathe. Flexible cylinder hones can be used with CNC equipment and industrial robots, too.    

No matter how you use them, Flex-Hone® tools come with some best practices. For example, enter and exit the bore while the ball hone is spinning. Slow down your RPMs to keep the tool cool. Don’t over-hone by stroking too much. Last week’s blog entry listed a total of ten tips. This week’s article takes a closer look at some best practices related to speed and stroke rate.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

Ten Tips for Cutting Deburring Costs with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Nov 28, 2016 10:50:58 AM

For cylinder deburring and surface finishing, Flex-Hone® tools get great results. Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), these flexible honing tools remove loose, torn, and folded metal while creating a substantially flat or plateau surface. BRM’s flexible cylinder hones also remove burrs from cross-drilled holes and slots. 

Flexible honing doesn’t require any special training or instruction, but there is a right way to use BRM’s metalworking tools. By following the ten tips in this article, you can cut your deburring costs while improving cylinder surface finish. Future articles in this series will take a closer look at each tip, but here’s an overview to get you started.

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Topics: Flex-Hone

What Manufacturers Must Know About Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Nov 21, 2016 9:54:09 AM

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) supplies a full line of metalworking tools to a wide range of industries. BRM’s signature product, the Flex-Hone® tool, helps manufacturers to improve part quality and ensure consistency.

By removing burrs and improving surface finish at the same time, Flex-Hone® tools also promote operational efficiency. Flex-Hone® tools don't require any special training or instruction, but part manufacturers need to understand some basics about the tool's features, selection, and use.  

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Topics: Flex-Hone