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Belt sanders are highly versatile tools that make woodworking and metalworking easier and more efficient. They come in a range of types that include:
Regardless of which machine you use, applying the right sanding belt is essential for performance.
Sometimes this requirement causes issues, especially if you’re using someone else’s sander or it has been a while since you had to change belts. If you don’t know what size belt you need, how do you perform an accurate measurement?
Start by trying to locate the product manual, which should indicate the correct belt size. If you no longer have a hard copy, most manuals can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Should you be unsuccessful, the team at Red Label Abrasives has some practical tips for accurately measuring a sanding belt, so that you know what size you need moving forward.
If your belt is smaller, press it down flat on a hard surface and measure it from end to end using a tape measure or string. Double the length and you’ll have a good idea of the belt size you require.
If you have an older belt, cut it so that it turns into one long strip, then lay it flat and measure the total length. This technique works with belts of all sizes.
Take a piece of string and wrap it around the sander in the same way that you would apply the sanding belt. Cut the string where it meets and then measure the length to get the belt size.
Using a pen or marker, make a small mark on the inside of the belt. Then make a corresponding mark on the floor or a flat surface like a counter or benchtop. Slowly move the belt through a full rotation until the mark on the belt once again touches the surface, and then mark the touch point. You will get the belt length by measuring between the two marks.
Red Label Abrasives sells a wide variety of sanding belts in a full range of different sizes. It's very likely that your sanding belt will be one of several common sizes for sanding belts that we sell. Common sanding belts sizes include:
Don't see the size you need on our site? Red Label can custom manufacture a belt in the exact size you need. Reach out to our abrasive technicians for a custom order quote.
Once you have the right sanding belt size, the next step is to find a reputable supplier of premium quality abrasives. At Red Label Abrasives, we manufacture and sell sanding belts of all sizes and in an equally diverse range of grits, so no matter what your application, we can match you with a product that gets the results you want. To learn more about our abrasives or place an order, please call 844-824-1956 or fill out our contact form.