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Find the Correct Cutting Wheel for Your Next Job

United Abrasives Cutting Wheels Make Tough Jobs Easy

The versatility of United Abrasives cutting wheels has made the jobs of welders, fabricators and maintenance technicians easier. Cutting wheels provide them with a quick and simple way to cut pieces of metal without the need for dragging around bulky equipment. But to truly get the most out of your cutting wheels, without sacrificing time or efficiency, users need to know how to choose the correct cutting wheel for the job they are performing.

Choose the Right United Abrasives Cutting Wheel for Your Job

United Abrasives offers a wide variety of options of cutting wheels for any job you may encounter. Choosing the proper cutting wheel for the job you will be performing will lead to more efficient cutting, longer tool life and a better overall end product. Read on to learn more about the different options of wheel styles, sizes and grain types United Abrasives has to offer.

Cutting Wheel Styles Available045CuttingWheels

.045″ Cutting Wheels

United Abrasives .045″ cutting wheels are the best choice for efficient cutting. They should never be used for deburring metal after cutting or grinding. This type of misuse could result in wheel failure resulting in severe injury.

.090″ Cutting Wheels090CuttingWheels

United Abrasives .090″ cutting wheels are designed for cutting and notching metal. Notching is a shearing process during which a metal scrap piece is removed from the outside edge of a metal workpiece prior to welding.

Ultimate Combo™ Wheels

United Abrasives Ultimate Combo™ Wheels are the most UltimateComboCuttingWheelsversatile cutting wheel available. Ultimate Combo™ Wheels have a .095″ thickness. This combination wheel allows operators to cut, notch, debur and light grind without the need to change the wheel.

Configurations of Cutting Wheels Available

There are two basic types of configurations available for cutting wheels.

Type 1 / Type 41 Cutting WheelsCuttingWheelTypes

This is a flat cutting wheel that allows for a maximum depth of cut.

Type 27 / Type 42 Cutting Wheels

Originally developed and patented by United Abrasives, this configuration of cutting wheel features more of a rigid feel while cutting, enhanced operator visibility of the cut and the ability to flush cut as the raised hub allows for the locking nut to be recessed. These wheels are also available with a 5/8″-11 quick change hub for ease of mounting.

Grain Types Available for Cutting Wheels

Aluminum Oxide Grain

Aluminum Oxide grain cutting wheels are the most common grain type for cutting wheels. These wheels deliver very good cut rates and durability. They tend to have a lower initial cost for the user which lends to its popularity.

Zirconium Grain

Zirconium grain cutting wheels feature an extremely durable design. These wheels are used for high performance cutting with long life and feature a low cost-per-cut ratio.

Ceramic Grain

Ceramic grain cutting wheels allow for long life and fast cutting speeds. Ceramics also tend to cut cooler, minimizing discoloration while maximizing product life.

Shop Abrasive Cutting Wheels at Tanner

Tanner carries a wide variety of United Abrasives cutting wheels for a number of different applications. Find the perfect cutting wheel for your next job now – Shop United Abrasives Cutting Wheels

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United Abrasives Flap Discs, the Professional’s Choice

Selecting the Correct Flap Disc Makes All the Differenceflap-disc-group1

Flap Discs are one of the most versatile abrasives on the market today. With the ability to grind, blend and finish all in 1 step, flap discs can greatly increase work productivity and reduce overall cost. To get the most out of your money and the best end product available, selecting the correct high quality flap disc makes all the difference.

In our last blog post, “Understanding & Choosing the Right Flap Disc“, we talked about what components make up a flap disc and gave you a better understanding of the options available for each of these components. Read on to learn why United Abrasives Flap Discs stand above the competition and should be your only choice when selecting a new flap disc.

United Abrasives Flap Discs are Simply Made Better

Specially Designed Backing Plates

United Abrasives Flap Discs are designed with custom engineered fiberglass and plastic backing plates. These specially made backing plates are designed to add extra strength and safety.flap-disc-group2

  • United Abrasives uses more fiberglass in their backing vs. many competitors, making the flap discs among the safest on the market
  • United Abrasives has a specially designed plastic backing made of soft ABS Plastic, designed to be trimmed to expose more abrasives material
  • United Abrasives also features a hard plastic backing designed for high strength and rigidity, promoting ease of use and long-life

Advanced Adhesive System

United Abrasives has developed a specially formulated adhesive system that is designed to effectively secure the abrasive flaps to the backing. This special adhesive system, maximizes performance and safety.

Specialized Coated Material

United Abrasives has developed a specifically designed coated material, manufactured on state-of-the-art production equipment, for all of their flap discs. U.A. chooses from a variety of materials to create a flap disc for each application.

Unique Flap DesignMore-Larger-Flaps

United Abrasives flap discs yield a greater performance and product life when compared to competitor flap discs. This is due to the fact that U.A. flap discs have more and larger flaps than the competition, leading to better performance and a longer abrasive life.

Extensive Quality Control

Throughout the process of production, United Abrasives goes through a number of extensive quality control procedures. This ensures maximum safety and performance for each flap disc U.A. manufactures.

Shop United Abrasives Flap Discs at Tanner

Tanner carries the full line of United Abrasives Flap Discs, ready to order online today! Along with flap discs, Tanner also carries a vast selection of other U.A. products including: grinding wheels, cutting wheels, fiber discs, non-woven abrasives and much more – Shop now at TannerBolt.com.

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Understanding & Choosing the Right Flap Disc

What is a Flap Disc?

Flap Discs are designed to increase work productivity and reduce overall cost by grinding, blending and finishing in 1 step. Flap Discs are constructed by layering coated abrasive flaps so when a flap wears away, a new flap will be expose with fresh, sharp abrasive grains.

Flap Disc Basics

There are 4 basics components of a flap disc: Backing Shape, Backing Type, Gain Type & Density.

Backing Shape

Type 29 – Conical Shapeflap-conical-300x71

  • Built-in angle for increased contact area
  • Best for use on contoured surfaces and edge work
  • Minimizes workpiece gouging
  • More aggressive stock removal due to higher angle
  • 15°-25° working angle

Type 27 – Flat Shapeflap-flat

  • Best for use on miter joints, corners and edges
  • Best choice for finishing intricate and ornate surfaces
  • Ideal for smooth finishing
  • 0°-15° working angle

Backing Type

Fiberglass Backingfiberglass-backing

  • Backing will wear uniformly with abrasive cloth
  • Will not splinter or smear on the workpiece
  • Lighter, quieter operation

Plastic Backing

  • Non-scratching, high strength backing
  • Resistant to temperature extremes, common chemicals and solvents
  • Some plastic backings are trimmable

Flap Backing: Polyester, Polyester-Cotton or Cotton

  • Polyester
    • Able to withstand extremely high pressure without degrading the flap
    • For extreme stock removal and edge grinding
  • Cotton
    • Used where maximum conformability and soft feel is the goalplastic-backing
    • Must be used under lighter pressure to maximize performance and life
  • Polyester/Cotton Blend
    • The best of both worlds
    • Can withstand high pressure while still maintaining good stock removal and finishing
    • Often used as the starting point for flap disc operations for first time users

Grain Type


  • This allows for a consistent under a wide variety of grinding applications
  • You should consider opting for a ceramic disc when grinding on steel, stainless steel or aluminum
  • Ceramics also tend to grind cooler minimizing discoloration while maximizing product life


  • These discs are used for general steel grinding, stock removal and finishingflap-regular
  • The economical choice when cost is the driving factor


High density flap discs provide the user with approximately 40% more grinding material. This increase in grinding material leads to increased flap-highproductivity and longer life.

Choose Flap Disc Over..

Flap Discs Over Grinding Wheels

  • Faster stock removal and smoother finish
  • Quieter operation and reduced vibration minimizing operator fatigue
  • Cooler cutting, reduced loading and glazingflap-discs
  • Easy to use – reduced gouging and rework

Flap Discs Over Fiber Discs

  • Up to 20 times longer life than a fiber disc
  • No backing pad needed
  • Easier storage – no curling
  • More consistent finish

What Makes United Abrasives Better than the Competition

Check back for our next blog post, “United Abrasives Flap Discs, the Professional’s Choice“, to learn why professionals choose United Abrasive Flap Discs over the competition!

Celebrate the Holiday, Shop USA Made Products from Tanner


Shop, Build, Thrive with American Made Products

With the 4th of July right around the corner, there is no better time than now to celebrate this great country and shop for American made products. Most consumers when given the choice, would choose to buy American made products due to a number of factors. When you buy American made products, you are helping to support local businesses, contributing to domestic job growth and keeping American manufacturing strong in the global economy. Along with all of this, most of this time you will be buying a superior product when compared to imports.

Proud to Carry USA Made Products

Tanner is proud to carry an extensive number of USA made products, due to their exceptional quality and high performance. With such a wide variety of products to choose from, our customers are sure to find a number of American made tools, fasteners & industrial supplies for all of their needs. To help celebrate the 4th of July we have decided to help our customers easily find and shop for some of our best selling USA made products. Read on to find a wide selection of USA made fasteners, abrasives, cutting tools, hand tools, safety equipment and much more.

Shop Some of Our Top American Made Products at Tanner

Below are some of our best selling American made products, when shopping TannerBolt.com look for the banner below to identify our USA Made products.


USA Made Fasteners

USA Made Anchors

USA Made Abrasives

USA Made Saw Blades

USA Made Lifting & Rigging Products

USA Made Hand Tools

USA Made Safety Equipment


United Abrasives Keeps Expanding it’s Product Lines

New Offerings from United Abrasives Now Available at Tanner

United Abrasives is known worldwide for their consistent, high quality products and exceptional levels of service. Being one of the largest and leading manufacturers of abrasives in the world, United Abrasives is always looking to expand their product offerings. Each year United Abrasives puts out new and improved products to help make their customers jobs go easier and help them produce a better overall finished piece when using United Abrasives products.

Tanner is happy to introduce a few of the latest offering from United Abrasives. Three of the latest product lines from UA are: Sait GF – Grind & Finish Interleaf Flap Discs, The Ultimate Pipeline™ Specialty Pipeline Cutting & Grinding Wheels & The Ultimate Grind™ Grinding Wheels. All of the following products can now be purchased from our website – TannerBolt.com.SAIT GF Interleaf Flap Disc

Sait GF – Grind & Finish Interleaf Flap Discs

Grind & Finish with One Product

  • Combines coated & non-woven abrasives which allows you to “Grind & Finish” with one product reducing time and labor
  • Allows you to grind down weld seams and provide a flawless finish in one single operation
  • Cushioned grinding effect allows for effortless blending and finishing of contoured work pieces
  • Ideal for cleaning weld spatter and light deburring operations
  • Operate at lower speeds for optimum performance


  • Metal – Ferrous and/or non-ferrous metals
  • Stainless – Stainless steel, high tensile steel, titanium

Shop Now for Sait GF – Grind & Finish Interleaf Flap Discs

The Ultimate Pipeline™ Specialty Pipeline Cutting & Grinding WheelsUltimate Pipeline

High Performance Cutting, Notching & Light Grinding

  • Proprietary grain and bond system
  • Fast, free-cutting with exceptional life
  • Premium performance cutting and light grinding for the toughest applications
  • Offered with the 5/8″-11 Supper-Lock Hub™ for easy changing and exclusive fail-safe two part locking system for superior safety
  • Made in the USA


  • Metal – Ferrous metals (iron, steel, welds)
  • Stainless – Stainless steel, high tensile alloys

Shop Now for The Ultimate Pipeline™ Specialty Pipeline Cutting & Grinding Wheels

The Ultimate Grind™ Grinding WheelsUltimate Grind

Exceptionally Long Life with High Metal Removal Rates

  • Proprietary grain and bond system
  • High performance grinding for the toughest applications
  • Offered with the 5/8″-11 Supper-Lock Hub™ for easy changing and exclusive fail-safe two part locking system for superior safety
  • Made in the USA


  • Metal – Ferrous metals (iron, steel, welds)
  • Stainless – Stainless steel, high tensile alloys

Shop Now for The Ultimate Grind™ Grinding Wheels

Tanner Carries All the Abrasives You Need

Tanner carries the full line of United Abrasives bonded abrasives: grinding wheels, cutting wheels, cup wheels, cones, plugs and a host of similar bonded products. We also carry a wide variety of United Abrasives sanding sheets, belts, rolls, flap discs, fiber discs and PSA discs. Along with United Abrasives broad line of wire brushes, non-woven abrasives, and a full line of accessories. Shop now at TannerBolt.com for all your abrasive needs.