News & Case Studies

5 common grinding wheel problems and how to fix them

Posted by Roy Thomas on 19 March 2018

Whether you're new to grinding, or a seasoned professional, we've all experienced results that were errr... not exactly what were hoping for. While this can be frustrating, the main thing is being able to work out why it happened so you don't continue to have the same problem. We've put together a troubleshooting guide of the top 5 problems fabricators have when using grinding wheels, and how to fix them.

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Metal Cutting & Removal, General Abrasives Info

Are your grinding wheels providing maximum productivity and quality results?

Posted by Eddie Thomas on 13 March 2018

When you're grinding, you need a wheel that provides good surface quality, zero burns or metallurgic damage, precise component tolerances and a high production flexibility. On top of all that, it has to be cost effective. Read on - we've got just the thing!

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Metal Cutting & Removal, General Abrasives Info

Why we love Bora9 fibre discs (and you should too!)

Posted by Andy Thomas on 22 May 2017
Osprey Boats, Nelson - case study

That's right, we said it - we LOVE fibre discs!  

  • What kind? - Bora9. 
  • What for? - Everything (especially aluminium.)  
  • Why?  - Read on for our 5 top reasons why you should give Bora9 fibre discs a go when working with aluminium

"It sped up our process by 50%. We’ve gone from a 4 step process to a 2 step to get the same result."

Matt from Osprey Boats in Nelson tells us why they switched from standard flap discs to Bora9 fibre discs for fabricating their custom built aluminium boats!

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Case Studies, General Abrasives Info

What your boss wants you to know about mounting cutting & grinding discs safely

Posted by Eddie Thomas on 04 May 2017

Need to know how to change a cutting or grinding disc without damaging yourself, the disc or your machine?  Find the right and wrong ways of changing discs with images below...

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Topics: Metal Cutting & Removal, General Abrasives Info

How to get optimum performance from your abrasive flap discs

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 01 May 2017

Are your abrasive flap discs tearing or not giving you the right finish?  There might be some things your flap discs are trying to tell you.  Here are some tips on increasing the life of your metal flap discs and getting the best performance...

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Metal Cutting & Removal, General Abrasives Info

Choosing the best non-woven abrasive for your job.

Posted by Dave Pope on 22 December 2016

Non-woven products are often referred to as Scotch Bright, or Buff tex.  Abrasive grains and nylon fibres are bonded together to provides a controlled, consistent finish.  The open weave help give a constant cutting edge, and the flexibility reduces the chance of gouging the work piece, which makes this type of product great for cleaning and finishing aluminium and stainless steel. Below is a range of different types of non-woven products, Buff-tex hand pads/roll, surface conditioning discs & belts, strip & finish wheels, & discs, unitized wheels, & discs

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Metal Cutting & Removal, General Abrasives Info

Operating and safety instructions for bonded and reinforced abrasives (cutting and grinding discs)

Posted by Dave Pope on 20 October 2016

Cutting and grinding discs

Abrasive discs can generate dangerous situations and/or create accidents if not use correctly. Read carefully the following information and the labels’ indications; operators instructed to use abrasive product; operators must comply with the laws and decrees of their country and the safety/operating instructions of the machines on which abrasive wheels are mounted. Do not allow untrained/incompetent operators to use abrasive wheels. Abrasive wheels are relatively fragile: handle and use with care. The use of damaged wheels, incorrectly used and the incorrectly installation can cause accidents, damages and serious injuries to persons. Cutting, grinding and polishing applications can free hazardous contaminants in the air. Use appropriate powder/fumes sution systems and wear protection devices for respiratory tract.

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Topics: General Abrasives Info

Operating and safety instructions for coated abrasives. (flap discs, flap wheels, sanding discs, belts)

Posted by Dave Pope on 11 October 2016

Coated Abrasives

Coated abrasive products can generate dangerous situations and/or create accidents if not used correctly . Read carefully the following instructions and the indications on the product and labels. Operators must be instructed on the use of abrasive products, comply with the laws and decrees of their country and the safety operating instructions of the grinders on which abrasive products are mounted. Do not allow untrained or incompetent operators to use abrasive products, always handle and use them with care. The use of damaged products, the inadequate mounting and use can cause accidents, damages and serious injuries to people. Grinding and polishing applications can free hazardous contaminants in the air; use appropriate powder/fumes suction systems and wear protection devices for respiratory tract.

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Topics: General Abrasives Info

Linishing belt troubleshooting guide

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 16 September 2016

Answers to help your performance in sanding.

If you have been having problems with your sanding belt or machine, it's not the end of the world. We have looked at all of the problems like belts not running correct on your machine, low cutting rate, or the finish you are getting isn't right. Look over the list and find the answer in every area.

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Topics: Metal Finishing, General Abrasives Info

Offering the 3 key benefits to engineers in NZ

Posted by Clayton Thomas on 23 June 2015

Introducing Taipan Abrasives to New Zealand

The three key benefits that New Zealand tradesmen are looking for are: performance (works quick like you would expect), reliability (lasts the distance) and value (priced right). It is commonly known that a product will usually have strengths in one or maybe two of these benefits, but very rarely do you get all three. 

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Topics: Metal Cutting & Removal, General Abrasives Info