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Belts and Applications: Product Spotlight

Belts are used in multiple applications from fine finishing of stainless steel coil to heavy stock and weld removal. In general heavy weight Y-weight are used for stock removal whilst flexible J-weight is used for fine finishing and contour work. In fact J-weight materials are not available in coarse grits coarser than 60.

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With sizes ranging from 1/8” wide to 600” in length in multiple grains and backings, we can deliver nearly any belts needed for your required application. The ARC ABRASIVES, INC. Custom Belt Program has set the industry standard. Our custom services and excellent application knowledge make it easy to deliver solutions directly to your shop floor.

Quickly becoming our fastest growing product range, PREDATOR™ belts have a heavy Y-weight backing and proprietary grain structure, ensuring quality performance on a wide range of alloys. The combination of two grinding aids only reinforces its leading gram removal ratio.

Z-WEB™ Surface Conditioning
Z-WEB surface conditioning belts are suitable for various grinding and sanding operations, from mild stock removal to fine finishing. Our surface conditioning belts come in a wide range of sizes and can be customized to meet the size requirements of almost any tool or machine.

Performance Coating is available for belts less than 12” in width. This product enhancement will add additional performance in aluminum applications.

Compact grain belts are best for finishing applications. With a grit range of 80 to 600, the clustered design delivers 3 to 1 performance when compared to conventional aluminum oxide products. Although aluminum oxide compact grain is excellent for mild and stainless steel applications, silicon carbide compact grain offers some of the industry’s best grinding ratios for harder titanium and nickel alloys.


The most common applications for belts performed by mild steel fabricators include inside corner weld cleanup and manual deburring of thermal and mechanically cut parts. Both of these applications require particular performance factors, including flexible backing, long lasting grains and cooling agents.

From aesthetic to sanitary purposes, stainless steel finishing is performed on a wide variety of components with our belts. What may work well on stainless plate, may not work well on stainless sheet. Considering these factors, it is important to have a wide variety of technical grains,backings and grinding aids from which to choose for belts.

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