Unlike honing stones, which can impart an uneven or unidirectional cross-hatch pattern, flexible honing tools round and reduce peaks to a consisent height. Ball hones also create oil-retaining valleys for optimum lubrication.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2014
Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), American maker of flexible honing tools and nylon abrasive brushes, is announcing user feedback about its Flex-Hone® tool for cylinder wall surface finishing. In a recent article entitled Cylinder Honing for Motorcycle Engine Builds, BRM explains how the owner of a Suzuki GS-550L used a flexible hone to impart a final surface finish with a 45-degree crosshatch pattern.
Suzuki GS-series motorcycles first hit the streets in the 1970s, but were later modified for the U.S. marketplace. The air-cooled powerplant in the GS-550L featured a 549-cc, inline-4, 8-valve engine built with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC). Subsequent Suzuki motorcycle engines used similar designs, but added horsepower for improved performance.
Flexible Honing and Oil Retention
Sometimes called a ball hone, BRM’s Flex-Hone® tool features flexible nylon filaments that are permanently laminated to ball-like abrasive globules. Self-centering, self-aligning to the bore, and self-compensating for wear, flexible cylinder hones have a metal stem for mounting in handheld electric drills – power tools that most hobbyists already own – and do not require special training or instruction.
Unlike honing stones, which can impart an uneven or unidirectional cross-hatch pattern, flexible honing tools round and reduce peaks to a consisent height. Ball hones also create oil-retaining valleys for optimum lubrication. As BRM explains in its recent article, a bike-builder used an on-line forum for motorcycle enthusiasts to demonstrate how Flex-Hone® technology produces a superior surface finish.
Complete Surface Finishing Solutions
As the Suzuki owner explained, BRM provided all of the surface finishing supplies that he needed. After chucking a 240-grit aluminum oxide (AO) engine hone into his handheld electric drill, the motorcycle mechanic lubricated the cylinder honing tool with Flex-Hone® oil, BRM’s specially-formulated blend of honing and lapping oils.
BRM’s Flex-Hone® Resource Guide provides guidelines for tool selection and use, including operating parameters such as revolutions per minute (RPM). As a full-line supplier of surface finishing solutions, BRM also offers cylinder wash brushes like the one the GS-550 owner ordered. Made with 6-12 Nylon bristles, these cleaning brushes are designed for use with a mild detergent and warm or hot water.
About Brush Research Manufacturing
Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), maker of flexible honing tools and nylon abrasive brushes, is located in Los Angeles, California. For 55 years, we’ve been solving difficult finishing problems with brushing technology. BRM’s Flex-Hone® tool is the standard against which all other cylinder hones are compared. For outer diameter (OD) deburring and surface finishing, choose NamPower brush tools.
Today, BRM is a full-line manufacturer of industrial brushes with an ISO 9001:2008 certification and a global network of distributors. Most of our products are made in the USA, and we proudly employee 75 workers here in Los Angeles. Through their hard work and commitment to quality, BRM now supplies hundreds of distributors across the U.S. and exports brush technologies to over 50 countries worldwide.
Director of Marketing
Brush Research Manufacturing Co. Inc.
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Los Angeles, CA 90022
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