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Abrasives Industry Analysis

Coated abrasives are the abrasive products manufactured by gluing synthetic and natural abrasive grains such as aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, zirconia alumina, emery and garnet. These abrasive grains are supported by materials such as paper, cloth, fiber and polyester film. Coated abrasives are manufactured in the form of jumbo rolls, which are then cut into various shapes that include belts, discs, sheets and rolls for polishing and surface-treatment applications.Coated abrasives are used to grind, scour, clean, abrade or remove solid material by rubbing action or by impact. Coated abrasives market is the second-largest market for abrasives products and is expected to record a strong growth in the near future.

Growing demand for coated abrasives from several industries, such as the welding, furniture, jewelry, automotive, foundry and do-it-yourself markets, is expected to drive the coated abrasives market across the globe.The coated abrasive products find applications in several industries such as auto OEM, auto ancillaries, general engineering, fabrication, furniture and flooring among others. The use of coated abrasives in abrasion applications is rapidly increasing as their use results in better surface finishes with higher productivity. Owing to such striking benefits, majority of the industrial abrasive users consider coated abrasive as a better option over their counterparts.The higher productivity offered by the coated abrasive systems is anticipated to drive the demand for coated abrasive products in the coming years. Due to the rising popularity of coated abrasives, the manufacturers of cutting tools are designing and developing equipment and machines suitable for coated abrasive systems. Apart from the conventional products, the manufactures of coated abrasive products are focusing their attention on recently introduced products such as nonwoven fabric abrasives, flexible belts, seeded gel abrasives, polyester backed abrasives and wide belts. These recently developed products are expected to provide lucrative opportunities for the manufacturers of coated abrasives in the next few years.

Originally Published by Market Reporter on May 8, 2019
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Introducing Automated Abrasive Belt Manufacturing

Abrasive Industrial Supplies is excited to announce that our new Abrasive Manufacturing Machine is fully operational. This machine has enabled us to reduce our lead times AND improved the consistency of our belts.

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Now Shipping Worldwide

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Yup! You read that right. Abrasive Industrial Supplies is now shipping stock and custom abrasive belts worldwide. 

Photos of Customer Projects

Monte Pettit
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Monte Pettit, Bellevue, Nebraska
Hammer by Forrest Ketner,  F A K Products Inc
Submitted by 
F A K Products Inc, Herndon, Pennsylvania

What're You Working On?

It's always great to see what projects you, our valuable customers, are using our abrasives for. Here are the latest photos we've received.

Beautiful Wooden Boxes by Monte Pettit from Bellevue Nebraska

This beautiful woodworking was submitted by Monte Pettit from Bellevue, NE.  Thanks for your submission Monte! Click on the photo for a larger view.


Aluminum Letters by Milt Neeley the Artistwelder from Hooper, UT

Milt Neeley, The Artistwelder shared these Aluminum Letters with us. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Jack Yarbrough sent us a photo of this beautiful knife he created

Jack Yarbrough shared this photo of a beautiful knife he made. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Want to share YOUR project with us? 

Send a photo or photos of your current project(s) along with a brief description to and we'll showcase you too. 

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How To Measure To Get The Correct Belt Length

If you've ever ordered sanding belts and when they arrived found out you'd ordered the wrong length, this post is for you.

There are several ways to determine the correct belt size for your machine. 

  1. Get out the machine manual and find out what size belt is specified for the machine. If you can't find the machine manual, get out on the internet and do a search for your sander. Most manufacturers have their manuals online.
  2. Take a piece of string and wrap it around the sander as you would the sanding belt. Cut the string where it meets then measure the length of the string. This is your belt size.
  3. If you have an old worn out belt that you're going to throw out, cut it in half, lay it out on a flat surface and measure the length to get the total belt length.
  4. Don't have a worn out belt? You can take a belt, press it flat and measure it. Double the length you just measured and you'll have the total belt length.

Measuring to ensure you have the correct belt length is a simple but VERY important process. 

Remember, Abrasive Industrial Supplies will make virtually any size sanding belt you need. Contact Customer Service by phone (800-433-8010) or email for a quick quote.

What is the Best Sanding / Grinding Belt for Metal

This is a complicated question, but one we're going to try to simplify for you. Pretty much any abrasive can be used for sanding or grinding metal but different metals and operations make some abrasives better than others. We're going to help you sort that out in this post.

What kind of metal are you working on?

This is the first question you need to answer. Sanding or grinding aluminum requires different materials and technique than sanding or grinding copper because the metals have unique properties.

 Abrasive Type Metal

Aluminum Oxide (AO)


Effective on all metals including aluminum, brass, chrome, stainless, bronze, copper, titanium, etc.

Silicon-Carbide (SC)


For non-ferrous metals and softer metals such as aluminum and brass.

Zirconia-Alumina (ZA)

Generally used for stainless and tough metals.

Ceramic-Alumina (CA)

Best for stainless and tough metals.

What are you doing to the metal?

Polishing requires a totally different abrasive than material removal so you have to factor this into your selection.

Operation  Abrasive Type
Stock Removal

Ceramic-Alumina for hard-to-grind metals and alloys.

Zirconia-Alumina for stainless, exotic and heat-sensitive metals.

Blending Welds

Ceramic-Alumina for hard-to-grind metals.

Zirconia-Alumina for stainless steel.

Aluminum-Oxide for most metals.






While this isn’t a technical aspect of selecting your sanding belt abrasive, it often can factor into your decision, especially where more than one abrasive fits your requirements. One thing to remember when evaluating cost is belt life. For example, Ceramic-Alumina belts tend to be more expensive than other belts but have a longer life so you don’t have to replace the sanding belts as often.

Some Final Tips

When you’re sanding or grinding metal, it’s important to keep the metal cool. We recommend using water or a sanding/grinding lube to prevent overheating the surface.

Always follow safety guidelines. Don’t sand or grind around flammable materials. Work in a well-ventilated area and always, always, always wear eye, hearing and respiratory protection.


Ceramic Belts

Aluminum-Oxide Ceramic-Alumina Silicon-Carbide Zirconia-Alumina
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