Maverick Abrasives has been making sanding belts in the USA for almost 25 years and are a proud family run company with quality and service in mind. While we have traditionally provided sanding belts and sanding discs to large scale to medium scale operations, we decided we would bring the same industrial quality sanding belts directly to individuals and small operations. Instead of being forced to get generic hobbyist sandpaper from Home Depot or Lowes, we feel that offering a direct to consumer, industrial grade sanding belt or sanding disc was an absolute necessity for the market.
While getting your sanding belt dimensions can seem intuitive, its often the simple things we forgot to do. Sanding belt dimensions are always referred to with the Width first, then the length. An example of this would be a 37" x 60" belt size. 37" would be the width, and 60" being the length. NOW that we got that out of the way, another important concept is to fully understand the length of your custom sanding belts.
A sanding BELT is just that, a belt...meaning that if you are trying to measure a sanding belt that you have lying around, the belt is completely joined together. To get the proper dimensions of your sanding belt you need to measure it one of two ways.
1. Split the belt at the diagonal joint where the splice is (cut through the tape with a razor or knife. This will now give you the ability to measure the belt from one end to the other end. This is by far the most accurate way of measuring a sanding belt to figure out what your custom belt size is.
2. Lay the belt flat and press down as much as possible and measure from one end ot the other end. THEN remember that its a belt so we need to double the measurement! for instance if you lay the belt flat with the ends bent, and you get something like 12" for instance, you would double that to get 24 since you have to account for the other side of the belt.
Now that you have figured out what size your sanding belt is we now need to figure out what type of material it is.
What type of material is your custom sanding belt? The 4 types of abrasives we have to choose from are aluminum oxide, zirconia, ceramic and silicone carbide. The easiest way we can figure this out is by looking at the color of the belt.
Aluminum Oxide - Aluminum oxide sanding belts are always brown in color. This color can vary between brown and a brownish-red color. If your belt fits this description it is more than likely aluminum Oxide. Your belt will sometimes say A/O or ALO on the back, although this is not always the case. ALuminum oxide can be used to sand metal, wood, plastics, natural composites and many others. The only thing i have never seen this material used on is glass.
Silicone carbide - Silicon Carbide is always black in color and can sometimes be a dark grey color. Silicone carbide is typically used in glass fabricating operations and for fine finishing on wood in the higher grits such as 220 or 320. Silicone carbide leaves finer line grains than aluminum oxide, zirconia or ceramic and is not used typically for heavy stock removal applications. You can sometimes see that silicone carbide is identified on the back fo the sanding belt with an S/C , however this is not always the case.
Zirconia - Zirconia sanding belts are always one of two colors, either a green color or blue color. THis cary vary between bright green and dark green to dark blue and light blue but these colors almost always signify that the belt is zirconia. This is usually identified on the back of the belt material with a Z somewhere, either next to the grit ( Z60 ) for example or by itself with a Z/A.
Ceramic - Ceramic sanding belts can vary a little bit more than the other materials i mentioned in color. Ceramic materials, depending on the manufacturer are mostly RED or a bright red color. I have seen some manufacturers color their material in a purple or bright green color, but this is usually on specialty products.
Maverick Abrasives is the best place to get custom sanding belts at a cost effective price. We have low order minimums, free shipping and we dont hose you on the price because we are the manufacturer! We can make any custom belt size all the way up to 67" wide and virtually any width! Simply get in contact us over e-mail at email@example.com OR you can call our sales line at 714-646-3299 . Send us an e-mail with what type of sanding belt you are looking for and we can get you a quote and lead time in minutes.
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