Abrasive Wheels – Al & SiC

– Abrasive sectioning has primarily been used for sectioning ductile materials.

– Examples include metals, plastics, polymer matrix composites, metal matrix composites, plastics and rubbers.

– The proper selection of an abrasive blade requires an understanding of the relationship between the abrasive particle, abrasive bonding and the specimen properties.



– Selecting the correct abrasive blade is dependent upon the design of the cut-off machine and, to a large extent, the operator preference.

– Abrasive blades are generally characterized by their abrasive type, bond type and hardness.

– Determining the correct blade is dependent upon the material or metal hardness and whether it is a ferrous or a nonferrous metal.

– In practice, it often comes down to odor and blade life.Resin/rubber blades smell more because the rubber will burn slightly during cutting, however resin/rubber blades do not wear as fast and therefore last longer. On the other hand, resin blades are more versatile and do not produce a burnt rubber odor, but they do break down faster. Resin blades also provide a modestly better cut because the cutting abrasive is continually renewed and thus produces a cleaner cut.

– Also note that the traditional “older” technology for producing abrasive blades resulted in very specialized resin/rubber blades. Finding the proper resin/rubber hardness, abrasive size, and blade thickness to match the sample properties and the cutting machine parameter required a lot of testing and experimentation. Thus, in the past, resin/rubber blades had been more popular in the market; however, in more recent years as resins have improved, there has been more of a trend towards resin bonded abrasives.

– Conversely, resin bonded blades have typically been more widely used in the European and Asian markets for quite some time.

Selection Guide :

Description / Application 10-inch 12-inch 14-inch 16-inch
Soft non-ferrous materials (aluminum, brass, zinc, etc.) MAX-E250 MAX-E300 MAX-E350 MAX-E400
Hard non-ferrous materials (titanium, zirconium, etc.) MAX-C250 MAX-C300 MAX-C350 MAX-C400
Soft steels MAX-E250 MAX-E300 MAX-E350 MAX-E400
Hard and case hardened steels MAX-VHS250 MAX-VHS300 MAX-VHS350 MAX-VHS400
General steels and ferrous metals MAX-D250T MAX-D300 MAX-D350 MAX-D400
Universal Thin Blade MAX-A250 MAX-A300 MAX-A350 MAX-A400
Industrial general purpose thin blade MAX-I250 MAX-I300 MAX-I350 MAX-I400