Best Wire Brushes for Drills Reviews 2017

On this page we will be having a look at what types of wire brushes are available that you can attach to a drill and use. We will also be having a look at what different uses there are for these.

Cost of Wire Brush Drill Attachments

A typical average price for an attachment like this is about $10 but they go as low as $3 and all the way up to $15 depending on the quality, and the particular type that you want. Essentially there are two types and those are attachments where the wire comes out of the bottom known as a cup, and another where the wires come out of the circumference of the brush attachment known as a radial

Have a look at the images below as that will explain it easier.

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Purpose of Wire Brushes

Generally speaking wire brushes are used to remove rust from metal. Please never use one of these without wearing safety glasses or goggles. Trust me, the last thing you want is a piece of rough and hot metal lodged in your eye.

I would also strongly recommend wearing gloves and also a face mask as that will stop you having to breathe in any dust.

The Uses of Wire Wheels

The radial type have several different uses and in the main they are used to loosen up the rust on a surface of all types of metal. Mainly they are used on older cars and vehicles but can also be used on gates, hinges and anything metallic.

The short video below gives you one idea of what these can be used for.

Using Cup Brushes

Here is a video of someone cleaning up old cast iron pots and pans with a brush. In truth she would have needed both types of wire brush to get easier and more effective results. The important thing is though that they do work, but they are also hard work. You will get bumped about quite a lot in your arms as they deal with uneven surfaces.

So as you can see there are quite a few uses for these. Clearly it is not something that you will do everyday, and in fact may never do at all. That said I think it is handy to have one of each of these as part of your tool kit.

For around $10 you can pick up one of each and they are useful to have when you need them. I recently took off some old gates which were pretty bad with rust. I removed the rust from them using a radial, and then did the more awkward welding joints with a cup brush.

They did some up like new and I was then able to give them a good primer and painting. I have also used them on old cars for cleaning up rust spots in the trunk. It also did a really good job there as well.

Different Levels of Quality

If you are going to buy these then just avoid what may initially look like good value. Some manufacturers sell these in sets for around $10 and the quality is pretty awful. To get good quality in one of these is not difficult and does not cost the earth.

This particular product costs around $8 and is very good quality and fit will any drill. You simply put the shank into the chuck and you are good to go.

It is great for removing rust, paint, scale and for even de-burring. By using your drill it makes the process a whole lot easier. In days gone past people would have used a standard wire brush which as you can imagine took an awful lot of elbow grease.

Having the speed of your drill to power one of these wire bust attachments just makes your life a whole lot simpler.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun