Wheel blasting is a method of blasting in which a typically metallic abrasive is introduced through the hub of a rotating bladed wheel and propelled off the tip of the rotating blades onto work pieces. The velocity, size, shape, and density of the metallic media are all factors in providing cleaning, peening, profiling, and other various surface finishes.
There are many varieties of wheel blast equipment designs with the size and weight of parts as well as production volumes determining which wheel blast machine is best suited for the application.
The three most common types of wheel blast equipment include tumble blasters, spinner hanger machines, and table blast machines. Other machine types available include wire mesh belt systems, roll conveyors, monorail systems, and wire rod and pipe machines.