Collection of belt materials

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use your new Find It Fast! Search Options

Thanks for asking. Watch the video below for a quick walk through of the options.

Close-up of abrasive belt butt joint

How are your joints made?

Great question! Our abrasive belts are made using angled butt joints. Joints are glued, taped and pressed so they will stand up to daily use.

Example of quantity discountHow many belts are in pack?

At AIS we sell our belts as individual pieces so there are no "packs" unless specified otherwise. You can order as few as one or as many as you need. You will find quantity breaks on most of our products. In the example at left, you'll see that by ordering in multiples of 6 you can save as much as 20% off the individual price. The minimum quantity will vary based on the width of the belt.

I see you have two weights of Aluminum-Oxide. What's the difference?

Abrasive Industrial Supplies offers Aluminum-Oxide abrasive in both J-Weight and X-Weight material. J-Weight is also called "jean-weight" and the backing of the belt is about the weight of blue jean material. It is more flexible than X-weight material, which is quite stiff. Check our our blog post, Abrasive Belt Backings, for a more in-depth description of the various backing weights and materials available.

Zirconia-Aluminum Abrasive with and without lube applied

What's the difference between the Y3 and Y5 types of Zirconia-Alumina belts?

AIS offers two types of Zirconia-Alumina abrasive belts — belts with Grind Aid Lube applied (Y3 or R203) and belts without (Y5 or R205). Why? What's the difference? 

We've already described the abrasive without lube. It's a tough, dense abrasive grain that is great for heavy stock removal on metals. So, why add the lube layer to the abrasive? For one thing, the belts with grind cooler, causing less heat to build up in the piece you're working on. Since Zirconia is used most of the time on metals, it reduces the risk of burn marks on the metal. 

The Grind Aid Lube is also designed to prevent the belts from loading up during use. Great news, you won't have to stop to clean the belt as often!

Do I need to have an account before I can order on your website?

Absolutely not! You will be given the opportunity to create an online account when you place an order, but it is not required to complete your order. 

We recommend creating an online account when ordering because that will make it easier and faster for you to reorder in the future. Your billing and shipping information will already be entered, saving you time. An online account will also keep track of what you have ordered in the past.

I didn't see the size belt I'm looking for. What should I do?

Since Abrasive Industrial Supplies makes its own abrasive belts, we can make just about any size you may need. You can call us at 1-800-433-8010 or 507-858-0200 to talk with one of our customer service representatives about the belts you need or you can use our Quick Quote form to submit your requirements to our estimator who will get back to you with a price. 

What methods of payment do you accept?

Abrasive Industrial Supplies accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, check and money orders. With an approved Abrasive Industrial Supplies Open Account payment is due in 30 days from the invoice date.

Do you require a minimum order?

No. If you need a single belt, Abrasive Industrial Supplies will make a single belt or disc or whatever you need. We do offer quantity based discounts, which are outlined on each product. The discounted price will show in the shopping cart.

What are my shipping options?

Our goal is to get your order to you as quickly as possible. Since most of our products are custom made we generally ship your order in 3 to 5 working days. If you're in a pinch and need it faster than that, just let us know and we'll do our best to meet your deadlines. 

Standard: Unless otherwise specified, we ship items up to 150 lbs. and up to 130" in combined width, height and length by UPS, FedEx Spee-Dee (limited delivery area). Shipping costs depend on weight and distance. Items over the weight or size limit must go by common carrier. If you prefer, Abrasive Industries can also ship via United States Postal Service (USPS). USPS is ideal for small products.

Express: We can ship most items by air to arrive in 1, 2 or 3 days* (your choice). Cost depends on weight, dimensions and delivery method.

*Note, Abrasive Industries is not responsible for shipping delays due to inclement weather or natural disasters.