Abrasives & Metal Finishing

Abrasives, Sanding Discs, Grinding Discs & Cutting Discs

Our range of products have steadily grown over the last 10 years to now incorporate a vast range of finishing products for all metals, especially that of finishing on stainless steel. We are glad to announce that we are now an authorised distributor of 3M in the UK. This means that we can stock the whole range of welding-related 3M products, from fibre to flap discs & air tools. However, we do stock various other brands including Alflex, Hermes and more.

Why purchase your Abrasives from us?

  • A unique range of products for long life on steel and stainless steels, as well as multiple other materials

  • All abrasives we sell are CE approved

  • 1000s of specialist Abrasives in stock for UK next day delivery from, often free depending on value.

Abrasive Example

They are used to wear away a material using friction, creating the desired surface. This can be achieved by rubbing, grinding, polishing, buffing or sanding. The intended purpose is to smooth or roughen, for example, to achieve a satin or matte finish. Ceramics which are used to cut, grind and polish softer materials are known as abrasives.

Types of Abrasives

There are two main types. These are bonded and coated. Coated typically refers to layers of grit over a surface and are commonly joined to belts, sheets, discs, and rolls. Sandpaper is an example of a coated abrasive. With bonded abrasives, the grit is secured together with a resin supporting the grinding surface while cutting and is commonly used with grinding wheels.

oSa Abrasives Safety Standards

Five Reasons for oSa Certified Tools

  1. Worldwide protected label for the highest level of tested safety of cutting and grinding tools

  2. Tested compliance with EN safety standards for abrasive products

  3. Regular manufacturing controls and product monitoring

  4. Regularly audited manufacturer with certified quality management and documented processes

  5. Powerful premium products with traceability to the manufacturer

Safety Recommendations for the use of Bonded Abrasive Wheels


  • Permit untrained people to handle, store, mount or use abrasives

  • Mount or remove a wheel until the machine has been isolated from its power source

  • Mount a wheel that cannot be identified or one which does not bear the correct marking

  • Mount a wheel on a machine which does not display its spindle speed

  • Mount a wheel which is beyond its marked expiry date or recommended shelf life

  • Mount a wheel that has been dropped, damaged or incorrectly stored

  • Apply force to fit the wheel on the mounting device or alter the bore size or allow the wheel to overheat

  • Tighten flanges with excessive force or use a hammer or extension

  • Use damaged, distorted or dirty flanges and fastening screws

  • Use a machine which is not in good condition or one with a damaged guard

  • Turn on the machine until the wheel guard has been re-fitted, secured and adjusted correctly

  • Stand in the line of the grinding wheel when starting the motor after fitting or re-fitting a wheel

  • Start the wheel in contact with the workpiece or any other object

  • Mount a wheel on a machine running at a speed higher than the maximum operating speed marked on the wheel

  • Work from a ladder or in a position where you do not have full control of the machine

  • Impact the work onto the wheel or the wheel onto the work

  • Grind on the side of a wheel unless it is specially designed for this application

  • Apply side pressure by trying to cut curves or by grinding surfaces with cutting-off wheels

  • Allow the wheel to bounce or be trapped or pinched in the cut

  • Use type 27 depressed centre grinding wheels at a steep angle or try to cut with them

  • Dress the wheel with any device other than that recommended

  • Press against the wheel surface to stop it or put down a machine until the wheel has stopped running

  • Wear the wheel down to the mounting flanges

  • Allow the gap between the wheel and workrest to exceed 3 mm

  • Allow coolant to run on a stationary wheel or leave the wheel running on an unattended machine


  • Observe the safety recommendations of the machine and wheel manufacturer

  • Keep the working area well lit, clean, tidy and free from obstructions

  • Avoid slippery and uneven floors and do not work on ice or snow

  • Ensure other workers in the vicinity and passers-by are protected from sparks and debris

  • Exercise care when handling abrasive wheels – they can easily be damaged

  • Store wheels in dry and frost-free conditions avoiding wide variations in temperature and the risk of damage

  • Visually check the wheel for damage or defects and conduct a ring test before mounting

  • Check that the wheel is the correct specification for the application and that the markings are intact and legible

  • Use the correct tools when mounting or removing a wheel

  • Ensure mounting flanges are in matched pairs, clean, free from burrs and undistorted

  • Use blotters to prevent wheel slippage where required

  • Make sure that workrests and workpiece clamping devices are cure and correctly positioned

  • Ensure guards are in position and correctly adjusted so that they o not foul the wheel

  • Rotate the wheel manually to ensure that it runs true and freely bfore turning on the power

  • Wear suitable protective clothing

  • Run the wheel for at least 30 seconds at operating speed after mounting or re-mounting. Stand out of the line of the wheel when turning on the machine

  • Dress bench grinding wheels regularly to keep the cutting surface in good condition

  • Allow the wheel to come to rest naturally after turning off the machine

  • Ensure the workpiece is properly supported or clamped so that it cannot move during grinding or cutting

  • Spin out residual coolant from the wheel before turning off the machine

  • Report wheel breakages, keeping hold of all of the debris for examination

  • Ensure machine spindle speed is checked periodically using a tachometer

  • Ensure that damaged or defective wheels and worn-out wheels are destroyed to prevent them from being used

  • Ensure that the wheel is removed before transporting or storing portable machines

Looking for technical support? Call us free on 0800 975 9710 to speak with our application specialist

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Company Registration: 07988136 Registered Office: Olympic House, Collett, Southmead Park, Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, OX11 7WB


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