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Industrial rotary brushes have filaments mounted on a cylinder or wheel that revolve around a central axis. They are mechanically powered or automated for street cleaning, polishing metals, finishing, and cleaning conveyor belts. Rotary brushes are manufactured in several configurations and have replaceable bristles. The three designs for rotary brushes are cylindrical, wheel, and cup. Read More…

Rotating Brushes A rotating brush is used in conjunction with a machine that spins it on a cylinder or on a ring. This spinning motion cleans objects that come in contact with the brush's bristles.
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City of Industry, CA  |  323-724-7777

Gordon Brush® is an ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer of standard & specialty brushes for the commercial, aerospace, military, medical & electronics industries.

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Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. $$$

Stow, OH  |  800-888-2861

Spiral Brushes manufactures industrial brushes, custom brushes, power brushes, wire brushes, conveyor cleaning brushes, steel brushes, stainless steel brushes, brass brushes, nylon brushes, abrasive nylon brushes, and natural fiber brushes.

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Spiral Brushes, Inc. $$$

Cedar Grove, NJ  |  800-278-7437

Our brushes set the standard for the industry. Our customers know they can trust us to provide the highest quality products whether they are stock brushes or custom orders.

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Jenkins Brush Company $$$

Fairfield, NJ  |  800-241-9860

The Industrial Brush Co. is a provider of brushes. Since 1946, we have been committed to providing high quality brushes and customer service for a variety of industrial applications and marketplaces.

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The Industrial Brush Company, Inc. $$$

Omaha, NE  |  800-800-6940

Justman Brush is an ISO 9001:2015 Registered Manufacturer centrally located in the United States. We manufacture brushes for a large variety of industrial applications for our customers in the industrial, aerospace, military, laboratory & scientific, medical and food service industries. With over 91 years of manufacturing experience, we have the American Quality, competitive pricing and short lead times you need.

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Justman Brush Company $$$

Solon, OH  |  800-252-4747

Precision Brush Company is an industry leader that has the technology, expertise and experience to satisfy all of your brush requirements.

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Precision Brush Company, Inc. $$$

Albertson, NY  |  800-645-4111

Braun Brush is committed to manufacturing quality brushes using a variety of methods. We offer convenient purchasing of the most extensive brush line available & a unique design-your-own brush service on the web.

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Braun Brush Company $$$

Pomona, CA  |  800-652-7874

West Coast Brush is a leading manufacturer of brushes. We use state-of-the-art technology, allowing us to manufacture almost every size and shape. We have been servicing the industry for over 20 years and strive for the best quality and on-time service.

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West Coast Brush Mfg., Inc. $$$

Delafield, WI  |  800-234-7002

For over 30 years, Tanis has been a leading brush manufacturer. Tanis has put innovation to work in everything we do, using the latest technology, materials, manufacturing advancements and engineering expertise.

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Types of Rotary Brushes

All rotary brushes are round, whether they are wheels or cylinders. Their distinct shape makes it possible for the brushes to rotate as they rapidly move debris, clean, smooth surfaces, or scrape off waste material. They operate quickly and efficiently and are highly durable and resilient.

Rotary Brush

Cylinder Rotary Brushes

Cylinder rotary brushes have a tube, core, or bar filled with filaments. Many cores are made of steel, aluminum, stainless steel, or brass, although lighter cores can be made of nylon, polypropylene, PVC, or wood. Cylinder rotary brushes are defined as a brush with a filament surface greater than its central wheel's diameter.

The types of filaments for cylinder rotary brushes are determined by their use. For example, brushes for cleaning and polishing have softer and more pliable bristles than ones used to clean hard metal surfaces.

Wheel Rotary Brushes

Wheel rotary brushes are flat wheels with bristles closely placed around the wheel's circumference. For a brush to be classified as a wheel brush, the wheel surface must be less than the diameter of the brush filaments. At the center, or hub, of a wheel rotary brush is an arbor through which a spindle or shaft drives the brush's rotation. Wheel rotary brushes are powered by the rotation of the shaft or a gear mechanism.

Cup Rotary Brushes

Cup rotary brushes have an arbor in the center of their hub, like a wheel rotary brush, but have bristles positioned on one lateral edge and not around the circumference of the hub or disk. Unlike wheel rotary brushes, the bristles point in one direction and fit inside the hub, which is similar to a drinking cup. The design of a cup rotary brush fills one side of the hub with bristles while the other is clear.

The shaft of a cup rotary brush can be permanently attached to the hub or inserted. All cup rotary brushes are powered and can be attached to various power supplies. How they are used depends on their filaments, which can be highly abrasive twisted wire or soft natural material.

Three Types of Rotary Brushes

Fibers for Rotary Brushes

The types of fibers for rotary brushes vary depending on the abrasiveness needed for the intended application. Fibers for rotary brushes are made of synthetic materials, natural materials, or metals.

Synthetic Fibers

The most common synthetic rotary brush fibers are nylon and polypropylene, which are very durable, waterproof, and chemical resistant. Synthetic fibers are less expensive to manufacture and are antimicrobial and easy to clean.

Metal Wires

Bronze and brass wire filaments are used for cleaning and polishing applications that require electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance. At the same time, stainless steel and carbon steel are stronger and used for deburring and burnishing.

Natural Fibers

Natural fibers come from plants and animal hair and are less aggressive and harsh than synthetic fibers or metal wire. They are used for the treatment of delicate and sensitive surfaces. The major benefit of natural fibers is their durability and long work life.

Uses for Rotary Brushes

Rotating brushes are manufactured in several configurations for cleaning and industrial manufacturing applications. They can be stationary for cleaning conveyor belts or mobile for sweeping floors. Their shape and multiple sizes make them the ideal choice for various operations, applications, and uses.

Street Sweepers

Rotating cylinder brushes are used on street sweepers to remove dust and debris. A series of rotating brushes, pointing downward on the front of the vehicle, gather dirt as the brushes spin and make contact with the pavement. In addition, street sweepers have gutter brooms, shaped like wheel brushes, on the outside of the large cylinder brush that spin inward, guiding dirt to a larger rotary brush that sweeps dirt and debris into the street sweeper's vacuum system.

Runway Sweepers

Large rotary brushes are mounted on a long cylinder and are used to clean runways at airports. Runway sweepers are an important safety tool that collects and removes dirt and debris from the surface of runways, reducing the danger of accidents or complications during takeoffs and landings.

Runway Street Sweeper

Deburring Brushes

Rotary brushes, made with stainless steel wire, are used for heavy-duty cleaning and deburring applications. They are highly abrasive brushes that remove burrs, smooths rough edges, and flatten uneven surfaces. Deburring rotary brushes are commonly used as part of a finishing process after welding and molding.

Conveyor Belt Brushes

Conveyor belt rotary brushes are mounted on a conveyor belt and used as part of an automated cleaning process. Parts or products move beneath the brush on a conveyor belt and are scrubbed as they make contact with it.

An example of using a conveyor belt brush is cleaning potatoes for packaging. After the potatoes have been washed through water, they are moved under a rotary brush that removes gritty dirt before they are dried and packaged. Over time, the bristles of a brush will wear down and need to be replaced for the brush to clean effectively.

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