Abrasives & Metal Finishing

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 create the required surface by wearing away a substance using friction. This can be accomplished by the use of rubbing, grinding, polishing, buffing, or sanding. The goal is to smooth or roughen the surface, for example, to produce a satin or matte finish. Abrasives are ceramics that are used to cut, grind, and polish softer materials.

Types of Abrasives

There are two major kinds. These have been glued and coated. Coated refers to grit layers applied to a surface and is often applied to belts, sheets, discs, and rolls. A coated abrasive is something like sandpaper. The grit in bonded abrasives is held together by a glue that supports the grinding surface while cutting and is often used with grinding wheels.

oSa Abrasives Safety Standards

Five Reasons for oSa Certified Tools

  1. Worldwide protected label for cutting and grinding equipment with the highest degree of proven safety

  2. EN safety requirements for abrasive goods were tested for conformity

  3. Consistent quality control and product monitoring

  4. A manufacturer that is regularly audited and has certified quality management and documented processes

  5. Strong luxury items that may be traced back to the maker

Safety Recommendations for the use of Bonded Abrasive Wheels


  • Allow unskilled individuals to handle, store, install, or utilise abrasives

  • Do not mount or remove a wheel until the machine is disconnected from its power supply

  • Install a wheel that cannot be identified or does not have the right marking

  • Install a wheel on a machine that does not indicate the spindle speed

  • Install a wheel that has passed its expiry date or indicated shelf life

  • Install a wheel that has been dropped, damaged, or improperly stored

  • Use force to secure the wheel to the mounting device, change the bore size, or allow the wheel to overheat

  • Excessive force should be used to tighten flanges, or a hammer or extension should be used

  • Use flanges and fastening screws that are broken, deformed, or filthy

  • Use a machine that is in poor condition or has a damaged guard

  • Start the machine until the wheel guard is properly reinstalled, fastened, and adjusted

  • When starting the motor after installing or re-fitting a wheel, stand in the path of the grinding wheel

  • Begin the wheel when it is in contact with the workpiece or any other item

  • Install a wheel on a machine that is running at a faster speed than the maximum operating speed indicated on the wheel

  • Work from a ladder or from a position where you do not have complete control over the equipment

  • Drop the work onto the wheel, or the wheel onto the work

  • Do not grind on the side of a wheel unless it is specifically built for this purpose

  • Use side pressure to carve curves or to grind surfaces using cutting-off wheels

  • Allow the wheel to bounce, become stuck, or become pinched in the cut

  • At a steep angle, use type 27 depressed centre grinding wheels or try to cut with them

  • Accessorize the wheel with any device other than the recommended one

  • Apply pressure to the wheel's surface to halt it, or set down a machine until the wheel stops spinning

  • Wear the wheel all the way down to the mounting flanges

  • Allow a space of more than 3mm between the wheel and the work rest

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


  • Follow the manufacturer's safety guidelines for the machine and wheels

  • Maintain a well-lit, clean, neat, and free-of-obstruction working environment

  • Avoid working on slick or uneven flooring, and do not work on ice or snow

  • Ensure that other employees and passers-by are shielded from sparks and debris

  • Use caution when handling abrasive wheels; they are easily destroyed

  • Store wheels in dry, frost-free conditions to minimise temperature swings and the danger of damage

  • Before installing, visually inspect the wheel for damage or flaws and perform a ring test

  • Verify that the wheel meets the application's specifications and that the marks are intact and readable

  • When mounting or removing a wheel, use the proper tools

  • Check that the mounting flanges are in matched pairs, are clean, devoid of burrs, and are not deformed

  • When necessary, use blotters to avoid wheel slippage

  • Ensure that work rests and workpiece clamping devices are properly cured and positioned

  • Check that the guards are in place and properly set so that they do not foul the wheel

  • Before turning on the power, manually rotate the wheel to check that it runs true and freely

  • Put on appropriate safety gear

  • After mounting or remounting, run the wheel for at least 30 seconds at operating speed. When turning on the machine, keep your feet clear of the wheel's path

  • Regularly dress bench grinding wheels to keep the cutting surface in good condition

  • After shutting off the machine, let the wheel to come to a natural stop

  • Make certain that the workpiece is adequately held or fastened so that it does not move when grinding or cutting

  • Before shutting off the machine, spin off any remaining coolant from the wheel

  • Report wheel breakages, retaining all debris for inspection

  • Use a tachometer to check the machine spindle speed on a regular basis

  • Ensure that broken or faulty wheels, as well as worn-out wheels, are destroyed to avoid their reuse

  • Remove the wheel before moving 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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