2” x 42” belt sanders are a great size - offering more stability than 1 x 30 and 1 x 42 inch belt sanders. They are very popular for woodworking, but can be used for sanding a number of different materials. Red Label offers high-quality 2” x 42” sanding belts to fit your needs, regardless of what kind of 2” x 42” belt sander you have, or what you use it for.
Sanding Belts Available In A 2” x 42” Size
Red Label Abrasives produces a wide variety of different 2 x 42 inch sanding belts to provide excellent results for every possible sanding application. We’ve outlined all of the different types of belts we carry in a 2” x 42” size along with brief descriptions below.
Open coat aluminum oxide: Aluminum oxide is the most widely used abrasive grain, especially for woodworking. Aluminum oxide isn’t the strongest or longest-lasting grain, but it works well and it’s very affordable. The open coating provides more space in-between abrasive grains. This allows for more air flow, which keeps surfaces cool while sanding and helps prevent debris from clogging up the belt. We recommend open coat aluminum oxide for sanding softer woods.
Closed coat aluminum oxide: Closed coat aluminum oxide provides less space in between abrasive grains, for more aggressive cutting. Closed coat aluminum oxide works better for sanding hardwoods and metals.
Zirconia: Zirconia was the strongest abrasive grain before ceramic entered the market. It now strikes a nice balance between durability and affordability as a middle-ground product. It works well for sanding harder materials like hardwoods and metals.
Silicon carbide: Silicon carbide is considered a speciality abrasive. There are certain applications where silicon carbide really shines. It’s great for sanding glass, garnet, and marble. Silicon carbide is known for its ability to remove material without excessive heat buildup. This property makes it ideal for sanding heat sensitive materials.
Ceramic: Ceramic is a premium abrasive grain and one of the strongest abrasive grains available on the market. It does cost more than zirconia or aluminum oxide. However, you typically save money long-term using ceramic, because it lasts longer than zirconia and aluminum oxide.
Flexible: Our flexible belts are available in aluminum oxide and ceramic. Flexible belts are produced with a flexible backing that allows the belt to curve with the workpiece while sanding. For this reason, flexible belts are preferred when sanding surfaces that are round, circular, or curved. The flexibility allows the belt to provide an even finish on any uneven surface.
Trizact: Trizact belts are a specialty belt built with proprietary microreplication technology. This proprietary technology allows aluminum oxide grains to be formed into tiny pyramids, which can then be coated on the belt. The pyramid grain shape allows the grains to easily fracture under pressure - keeping cutting surfaces sharp over the lifespan of the belt. Trizact belts are often preferred for their consistent cut and predictable finish.
Non-woven polishing & buffing: Our non-woven polishing and buffing belts are a cost-effective alternative to traditional leather strop belts. They can be used for buffing, honing, and sharpening steel and other ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
Non-woven surface conditioning: Non-woven surface conditioning belts are produced with nylon mesh fibers that contain aluminum oxide grains. Surface conditioning belts are used to produce a smooth finish on stainless steel, irregular steel, or aluminum surfaces.
You can speak with a Red Label abrasive technician if you’d like to learn more about any specific type of belt mentioned above, or you’re not sure which belt would be best for your application.
Popular 2 x 42 Inch Belt Sanders & Belt Grinders
Our 2” x 42” belts are compatible with any 2” x 42” belt sander or belt grinder. Below are some popular belt sanders that customers have purchased our 2 x 42 inch sanding belts for:
Palmgren Combination Sanding Machine
Dayton 2 x 42 Belt & Disc Sander
C.H. Hanson Norse 2 x 42 Belt & Disc Sander
Bucktool Combo 2 x 42 Belt Sander
Jet 2 x 42 Combination Sanding Machine
Not sure what size belts your sander takes? We have an entire blog post dedicated tofinding the right size sanding belt for your sander. Our abrasive technicians may also be able to help you find the correct sanding belt size if you can provide the brand and model.
Why Buy 2 x 42 Inch Sanding Belts From Red Label Abrasives?
Red Label has been an established leader in sanding belt production for over 35 years. We’ve been serving makers of all sizes and needs with affordable, industrial-grade sanding belts since 1982. All of our sanding belts are produced in the United States in our family-owned Michigan factory. Our sanding belts are also made-to-order or limited stock to ensure that you receive sanding belts with a fresh joint.
While we’re known for our quality abrasives and affordable prices, we take even greater pride in the unrivaled level of customer service and support we’re able to offer. You can speak with an abrasive technician about our products, or your order at any time during office hours. We’re so confident in our products and our service that we even offer a 90 day money back guarantee on all orders. We want to make sure you’re completely satisfied with our abrasives.
Our Abrasive Technicians Are Here To Help
Have your questions answered by our experienced abrasive technicians! Our technicians can provide more information about our 2 x 42 inch sanding belts, or help you find the grit and grain for your application. You can speak with a Red Label abrasive technician by filling out acontact form, or by calling 844-824-1956.