"I brought these as I'd finally decided to tackle cleaning my barbecue, which had seen a fair amount of neglect over the past few years.
The speed that you can get things done is remarkable (I predominantly used the brass one) I had expected to see some level of deformation of the bristles as I wasn't exactly being gentle with them, but they look no different to when I started and I'm now the proud owner of a BBQ that's fit for summer use.
As pointed out by other reviewers, be careful with them as they're incredibly sharp so gardening gloves are highly recommended."
"Good quality brush, nice size - larger than I expected but still thin enough to be able to attack mortar easily. I used these to clean up some shed brickwork where the mortar had gotten pretty ingrained with moss. Expected to be there for a good hour or two getting them all clean, but with these brushes it actually took less than 10 minutes to do a whole wall.
Just watch your fingers when you're handling the brushes, the wires are quite sharp so can easily stab you if you aren't paying attention and get the business end in the wrong place (not a negative thing, just a common sense thing).
I've knocked a star off for reliability as I'm not really sure how you're supposed to determine that unless you wait a year or two first. Suffice it to say they appear well made and have not fallen apart under what I've put them through so far."
"If your trying to either clean brick grouting or worse still trying to get the black mould off your patio, and you've tried your jet blaster and it just doesn't get the black bits off. Then sit down on a stool, get stuck in with some water to help the process and these are the brushes for you. You will wear them out but only after you're worn out! They last a very long time for what they do - I believe they're the best. I've a lot of patio blocks to clean and we're convinced - when all else failed these brushes can do the job plain and simple."
"I used the brushes to clean the lime rendering around the stonework once it had set, it gave a great finish and look to the finish.
I have worn out wire brushes in the past from other manufacturers, this is because they were bundles of wires, pushed into drilled holes in a plastic/wooden base, the wires on this brush are firmly clamped into a steel frame.
"I used the steel brush to clean the moss from brick pavers on my drive, which is a test for any brush, and it is still going strong.
Having worn out several wire brushes from other manufacturers, I thought I was just heavy-handed, but there is a good reason why this one is the best: instead of bundles of wires, pushed into drilled or moulded holes in a plastic base, the wires on this brush are firmly clamped into a steel frame.
Where other brushes were shedding wires by the dozen, this beauty just kept on cleaning.
"Bought these for wire brushing woodwork after applying paint stripper. The brass one is particularly good for this as it avoids the problem of steel entering the wood which can subsequently cause rusting in the wood after painting.
Comfy handles and very cheap. Just what the doctor ordered.
"I bought these for preparing difficult areas on a machine ready for painting. My thought was that if they dont do the job I havent lost too much money.........But, as it turned out they exceeded my expectations and have completed the project. The handles are a bit 'plastiky' I wouldn't like to gaurantee how long they may last."
"Work them too hard and the handle will come off but a quick shove and it's back on easily enough - and it doesn't do it every 5 minutes.
You can't really fault them for the price. I used the steel one to clean up a 20 ft run of manky roof edge before applying Flexacryl to seal it for a year or two. Took about 4 hours - didn't dare use a power tool on it or there'd have been nothing left :)
The brass one has now been pressed into service or the barbie!"
"...if you need a narrow wire brush for a one-off job to get into a tight space.
They're not well made, very flimsy handles. They're quite small, much narrower than average hand-held wire brushes are. Not really use-able two-handed, because of the narrow crimped metal spine which ends in a point.
If you need a 'proper' brass and/or steel wire brush, try 26984 (Forge Steel Wire Brush Set)... though currently (Feb 09) they're on clearance. I've just bought 3 sets of those, because they're a proper size, strongly made and easy to hold."