Chop Saws: Using the Right Blade Can Make All the Difference

Posted on October 5, 2018

Chop saws are one of the most useful tools in welder and fabricator shops, as they allow the user to safely and accurately make repetitive cuts. Whether cutting a piece of threaded rod, angle iron, strut or steel studs, a chop saw can be a perfect tool — provided the user is employing the correct and best wheel for the job. United Abrasives offers one of the broadest lines of chop saw blades in the industry. We have seven unique formulations that cover a wide range of applications. In addition, United Abrasives chop saw blades are made in the …

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Choosing the Right Fiber Disc for Your Application

Posted on September 11, 2018

Fiber discs are one of the most popular forms of abrasive grinding and finishing products. When used properly, they can do just about any grinding application that wheels can do — it all comes down to using the right disc for your application. But before you decide which fiber disc to use, it’s important to understand what they are and how to properly mount them on a grinder.  The Disc: A fiber disc is a single layer coated abrasive applied to a vulcanized fiber backing. United Abrasives/SAIT offers a complete line of fiber discs, from general purpose economical choices …

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Cutting Wheels for Angle Grinders: What to Know and How to Pick the Right Tool for the Job

Posted on August 23, 2018

  Thin cutting wheels have made the job of the welder, fabricator and maintenance technician easier by providing them with a quick and simple way to cut a piece of metal without the need for other bulky equipment (torches, large saws, etc.). Yet the most common mistake we see is that users often choose the incorrect wheel for the job. United Abrasives/ SAIT offers nine different cutting wheels options, all for varying applications. Each wheel has its own unique characteristics that allow it to perform well in different situations, and we encourage you to use our application search to find …

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Flap Discs and Wheels: What to Know and How to Pick the Right Tool for the Job

Posted on July 19, 2018

Flap discs and flap wheels come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and knowing which is right can make it tricky to determine the right product for your application. For example, if you look at our flap discs and wheels product page, you’ll see nine different product categories, all for varying needs and tasks. While we encourage you to use our application search to find the abrasive you need, today we’re going to break down some of the common terms you’ll see on our wheels and discs to help you understand your options.      What is a …

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Competitor Test: What Makes a Grinding Wheel Outperform Another?

Posted on June 19, 2018

Many different companies boast about the performance of their grinding wheels, but often can’t back it up. Of course, as a consumer, it’s hard to know which wheels you should trust. We believe that you deserve to know what really makes one grinding wheel outperform another. Keep reading to learn more about how the grain and bonding agents used in abrasives manufacturing affects their performance, then view the results of a competitor test we did ourselves. The Grain Grinding wheels are generally made up of two different major components — the grains that actually do the cutting, and a …

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When Cutting and Grinding Wheels Explode

Posted on June 5, 2018

It goes without saying that you don’t expect to load a brand-new cutting or grinding wheel only to have it give out after using it a handful of times. And you definitely don’t expect one to blow up in your face.  Unfortunately, if you don’t have the right wheel, both of these can happen — and they happen more often than you might think. Here’s an animated video put together by OSHAcademy showing what happens when a grinding wheel explodes.  Not good. So why does this happen? One reason is that abrasives are built to work within a specific …

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How to Find the Right Abrasive for Any Job

Posted on May 16, 2018

When it comes to our selection of abrasives and accessories, there’s no shortage of options. And while it’s good to have these options for the many different jobs our customers encounter, searching through the various product categories and variations in size and specification can be a headache if you don’t already know what you need. Our product search tools were designed to solve this issue. Here’s how they work. Product Search & Filters To begin with, take a look up top. You’ll see a bar like this: There are two boxes, one dropdown which lets you select a particular …

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Safety First: The Dangers of Cut-Rate Abrasives

Posted on May 1, 2018

When it comes to abrasives, the old saying rings true: you get what you pay for. While choosing cut-rate grinding wheels may seem like a smart, money-saving decision, you should ask yourself: how are these manufacturers able to offer a lower price?  What’s Inside? Typically, a lower sticker price means the wheel was made using some filler materials. When manufacturers use filler instead of high quality grains and fiberglass reinforcement, it often leads to some glaring problems, like your wheel suddenly giving out halfway through a job. If your wheel can’t hold up, you’ll likely encounter one or more …

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New Look, Same High-Quality Abrasives

Posted on May 1, 2018

Thanks for checking out the new UnitedAbrasives.com! This website has been built to make your search for the best abrasives easier than ever. United Abrasives/SAIT wheels are manufactured here in the U.S. and at our sister company in Italy, using the highest quality materials — unlike many of our competitors. What does this mean for you? To put it simply, our products last much longer, help you get the job done faster and stand up to the toughest tasks you can throw at them without risking safety.  What’s new? A streamlined product search that helps you quickly find the abrasive …

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