This study investigated adhesion of coatings on a grinding surface. This was carried out using scratch testing as a function of surface roughness. Three types of coatings were explored: TiAlN, CrSiN and TiSiN. With smaller surface roughness, the coating adhesion showed a tendency to become stronger. In particular, in the case of surface roughness under 2 micrometers for a coating, the coating adhesion was good. Specifically, the CrSiN coating yielded a very smooth surface.