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Can we supply Zirconium Oxide Power File Belts?

We often get asked for blue / zirconia abrasive belts for powerfile machines.  Ten years ago they were the best option.  However Cibo technology has moved on.  The Cibo Ceramic abrasive file belts have revolutionised file belt dressing.  For a very similar price to the zirconium oxide file belts you can buy a ceramic belt which will cut quicker, cut cooler (with the grinding aids in the belts) and last 2 or 3 times as long.

For high aggression grinding we recommend the FX87 abrasives.  They have a heavy duty / stiff backing which is ideal for weld dressing.  In the finer grits the FF87 ceramic aluminium oxide belts are the best option.  The FF87 is available from 60 grit but for most file belt applications we recommend it in 120 grit and finer.

So.  Yes we can.  Buy why would we?

We stock a an extensive range of abrasive belts for powerfile machines.  Below is a summary of which belts we recommend for each machine

Recommended belts for the Makita and Suhner 9 x 533mm power file machines.

The Makita and and Suhner supply a machine with a single fixed file arm which takes abrasive belts 9 x 533mm.  These powerfiles are great general workhorse tools for metal fabrication but offer limitations when working on stainless steel fabrication, particularly when dressing fillet welds.

The most popular belts for this machine are our FX87 Cibo Ceramic file belts in 60 and 80 grit.  The 60 and 80 grit belts have the ability to remove welds in a control fashion and prepare the surface for satin finishing if required.

From an 80 grit belt it is very easy to use the powerfile to put on a satin finish with the coarse or medium ‘scotchbrite’ type conditioning belts.  If you need to blend to a Q-rail type finish then we recommend the very fine conditioning belt on the Makita powerfile.

Which Sanding Belt is Best for the Dynafile 11 Powerfile Machine?

Follow the link here to our Dynafile 11 abrasive belt page.  This page includes specific application guidance on grinding, polishing, sanding and finishing with the Dynafile 11 machine.  There are over 30 recommendations for different abrasive applications with the 13 x 457mm and 6 x 457mm Dynafile belts including:

  • Mirror polish stainless steel fillet welds with the Dynafile 11
  • Satin polish stainless handrails with the Dynafile 11
  • Cleaning up aluminium mig welds with the Dynafile 11

Which Abrasive Belt will fit my Power File Machine?

Below is a table detailing all the common powerfile machine abrasive belt sizes which we regularly supply.  Just use the filters on the left hand side of the page to view all the belts that will fit your powerfile.

Machine Type Belt Length Belt Width
Dynafile I 610mm 3, 6, 13mm
Dynafile II 457mm 3, 6, 13, 19 / 20mm
Beltit SH & BF 457 or 533mm 3, 6, 13, 20mm
Beltit ML 457 or 533mm 3, 6, 13, 20, 25mm
Beltit BG20 520mm 20mm
Beltit BG30 540mm 30mm
Makita 533mm 9mm
Metabo 533mm 9mm
Suhner 533mm 9mm
Sealey 330mm 10mm
Black & Decker 451 or 457mm 13mm

 

Need More Detail on Power File Belt Sizes and Applications?

10 years ago, zirconia (blue belts) used to be the belt of choice for most dynafile applications. Now, with the advent of the new Cibo Ceramics (fast cut, long life and better finish), this is no longer the case. We strongly recommend the ceramic belt options whenever they are available. The Cibo ceramics not only outperform zirconia belts in every way, but they are also the same price!

Ceramic Abrasive Belts
– Best for high aggression; fast cutting, grinding and longest life.

Aluminium Oxide Abrasive Belts
– Finer grits. Used when a high quality finish is required from your abrasive belt.

Surface conditioning material was originally developed by 3M almost 30 years ago.  Because of this the generic term for conditioning belts is a ‘scotchbrite’ belt.   For final finishing applications, surface conditioning / SCM belts leave a beautiful and burr free, satin finish, which makes them particularly suited to refining and final finishing stainless steel and non-ferrous metals.

Please note that surface conditioning belts are thicker than traditional abrasive belts. We recommend a 6mm gap in the throat of the machine to ensure smooth running of the belts.

If you are unsure, then why not try our Find A Solution database. This will take you through a simple to follow question tree, at the end of which there will be a specific product recommendation.

Or follow the link here to our Dynafile 11 abrasive belt page.  Th Dynafile powerfile belt page includes specific application guidance on grinding, polishing, sanding and finishing with the Dynafile 11 machine.