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Types of Industrial Abrasives

Industrial Equipment | September 9, 2021

Industrial abrasives are a type of tool used for shaping materials or producing a fine finish. Every abrasive rubs against materials, utilizing friction to wear away parts of the material. By utilizing an industrial abrasive, users can get a satin, matte, smooth, or beaded finish for various wooden products, metal materials, technology, and soft materials. In addition to cutting and grinding, users can perform buffing, honing, drilling, sharpening, lapping, and sanding with industrial abrasives. To ensure the best possible results, it is crucial to determine which industrial abrasive is right for your needs. As leading providers of industrial solutions, the team at Western Equipment understands the importance of choosing the right abrasive for the job. That is why we have provided some information outlining the various types of industrial abrasives to help you choose the best option for your needs.

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Understanding the Different Types of Industrial Abrasives

Industrial abrasives can be classified in the following ways:

Grinding Wheels

Grinding wheels are expendable wheels composed of an abrasive compound attached to a solid aluminum or steel disc. These units are available in different profiles and cross sections depending on the intended use. Regardless of the profile, every grinding wheel is designed for use with grinding machines to grind and cut materials.

Cut-Off Discs

Cut-off discs deliver a fast and comfortable cut without the need for additional operator pressure, making them a great choice for durable materials. In addition to their cutting abilities, cut-off discs are highly durable and have a long usable life. This makes them a great choice for metal tubing and other metal cutting applications.

Cup Brushes

Cup brushes are unique abrasives that are used for the removal of scale, rust, and paint. In addition to removing imperfections, cup brushes are used for polishing and other finishing work, making them a versatile tool that can handle many jobs. Cup brushes are available in different “levels” and feature different fill materials, making some brushes better suited to certain tasks over others.

Sanding Discs

Sanding discs are ideal for dry sanding as they can produce a quality surface finish for various materials. Sanding discs are available with a wide selection of backing types and attachment options, allowing you to choose the perfect option for your precise needs. Much like grinding discs, sanding discs are typically attached to dedicated tools for use.

Sanding Paper

Sanding paper is a trusted abrasive that can be used for both wet and dry materials. With the ability to be used by hand or with sanding tools, sanding paper is highly versatile and can handle nearly any type of material based on the “grit” and type.

To learn more about our selection of industrial abrasives and other industrial supplies, get in touch with the team at Western Equipment. We can be reached through our online contact form and will work with you to determine the perfect products for your needs.