1 x 42 inch belt grinders are very popular - especially with knife makers who will often use them in combination with a 2 x 72 inch belt grinder. Red Label Abrasives offers a wide selection of premium quality 1 x 42 inch sanding belts to meet the needs of your sanding applications. Finish your sharpening and detail sanding work to perfection with the industry’s best 1 x 42 inch sanding belts.
Types Of Sanding Belts Available In A 1” x 42” Size
Red Label Abrasives offers a number of different types of 1 x 42 inch sanding belts. The best type of belt for you will depend on your application. A brief description for each of the different types of belts can be found below.
Open coat aluminum oxide: Aluminum oxide is considered the workhorse of abrasive grains and is one of the most popular abrasive grains. An open coating means that there is more space between the grains. More space provides for more air flow, which can offer cooler sanding temps and reduce clogging. Open coat aluminum oxide works great for softer woods that produce a lot of sanding residue.
Closed coat aluminum oxide: Closed coat aluminum oxide uses the same aluminum oxide grains found in open coat aluminum oxide. The difference between the two types of belts is the coating. All of the belt's surface is covered with abrasive grains for closed coat belts. This coating decreases air flow between the grains, but it increases the cut rate for the belt. Closed coat aluminum oxide is designed for harder materials that need a more aggressive cut like metal and hardwood.
Zirconia: Zirconia was the toughest abrasive grain on the market before ceramic. Zirconia now strikes a nice balance between longevity and affordability. Zirconia sanding belts cost less than ceramic sanding belts and lasts two to three times longer than aluminum oxide sanding belts. Zirconia sanding belts work best on harder materials like metals and hardwoods.
Ceramic: Ceramic is an ultra premium abrasive grain. It costs more than zirconia and aluminum oxide, but it also lasts longer than both. Makers often save money long-term by purchasing ceramic sanding belts, because they don’t have to order replacement belts as often. Ceramic is one of the strongest abrasive grains on the market. It provides an aggressive cut and can save you time on sanding. Ceramic sanding belts work well for harder materials like hardwoods and metals.
Silicon carbide: Silicon carbide is a specialty abrasive that is designed for very specific materials. Silicon carbide sanding belts are primarily used to sand garnet, marble, and glass.
Flexible sanding belts: Flexible sanding belts are able to flex or curve with a sanding surface - as the name implies. Flexible sanding belts are great for sanding circular edges, angles, and round surfaces. The belt will mold to the surface to provide a smooth finish throughout. Our flexible sanding belts are available with ceramic grains for grits up to 400 and aluminum oxide grains for grits up to 7,000.
Not sure which belt would be best for your application? You can contact our abrasive technicians for help. Our technicians can match you with the perfect sanding belt for your needs.
Common 1 x 42 Inch Belt Sanders
Our 1 x 42 inch sanding belts will fit any belt sander that uses 1 x 42 inch belts. Below are a few popular 1 x 42 inch belt sanders that Red Label belts are used on. Our 1” x 42” sanding belts will work with all of these belt grinders and more.
Dayton 1 x 42 Inch Grinder
Shop Fox W1850 1" X 42" Belt Sander
Kalamazoo 1 x 42 Inch Belt Sharpener
JET J-4002 1 x 42 Inch Belt and 8 Inch Disc Sander
Rikon 1 x 42 Inch Belt and 8 Inch Disc Sander
Baileigh BG-142S 1 x 42 Inch Belt Grinder
Grizzly 1" x 42" Belt and 8" Disc Combo Sander
Not sure if 1 x 42 inch sanding belts are the right size for your sander? The manual for your sander should specify the belt dimensions. We also have aguide for measuring your belt sander if you no longer have your manual. Our abrasive technicians might also be able to assist you in finding the correct size sanding belts if you can provide the brand and model of your sander.
Why Buy 1” x 42” Sanding Belts From Red Label Abrasives?
Red Label Abrasives is a family-owned abrasive manufacturer based out of Belding, MI. All of our sanding belts are produced in our Michigan factory and we’ve been producing premium quality sanding belts for over 35 years.
We’ve earned a reputation for producing some of the highest quality, longest-lasting sanding belts on the market. Our 1 x 42 inch sanding belts are manufactured to be industrial grade and shipped to you directly from our factory. You get high quality sanding belts at some of the lowest prices online when you order from Red Label Abrasives. We offer very competitive pricing as the manufacturer, as well as free shipping on all orders.
Red Label also offers unrivaled customer service in addition to providing quality belts at affordable prices. You’ll never have an issue reaching one of our abrasive technicians during our normal business hours (Monday-Friday: 8am - 4pm ET).
Contact Our Abrasive Technicians
Have questions about our 1” x 42” sanding belts, or any of our other abrasive products? Our abrasive technicians are here to serve you. We’d love to answer your questions and help you find the right abrasive products to meet your needs. You can contact an abrasive technician by calling 844-824-1956, or filling out acontact form.