Instructions

Diamond Resin Bonded Products

To ensure maximum performance and long life from your new diamond abrasive product please follow these instructions carefully. 

There is a short break-in period, as with all diamond products. Our diamond abrasives must be used WET. The more water or coolant used the better. This is the most important factor in using your new belt or disk. 

Use a lite touch at the beginning, since a new belt or disk will cut much more aggressively. Use lite to medium pressure for best results and to ensure long life of the product they should be run at 3,000 to 5,000 SFPM. In most cases it is either the mounting method or speed and balance of the tools on the belt or disk that will determine the maximum speed. The diamond abrasive should be run at a speed so the belt or disk does not dry, diamond must be kept cool. 

Do not force sharp edges into the abrasives; this will cause tears in the backing. Use the whole surface of the abrasive, never just one spot. Take advantage of the fact that the entire surface is coated with diamond abrasive. This is the second most important factor after using enough water or coolant. 

If the cutting speed slows down on your belt or disk it most likely needs to be dressed. Occasionally they can become loaded up and by dressing the belt or disk it will renew the cutting rate. Please refer to our dressing stick instructions. 

It is NORMAL for the JOINTS to show wear before the belt. 

Special Note for 9 Micron and Finer Diamond Products 

All diamond products need a slight break-in period. This is especially true with 9 micron and finer micron products. This occurs due to the diamond being micronized. The diamond is separated by a water process to size the particles. When the particles dry, they sometimes form a vacuum between each other. The result is deep scratches until the vacuum is broke down by use. We recommend dressing your belt or disk with an aluminum oxide dressing stick over the surface for 5-10 seconds. This effectively breaks down the vacuum and should eliminate the scratches. Be sure to follow this procedure using lots of water or coolant to flush the disk or belt. 

Cerium Oxide Belts & Disks

To ensure maximum performance and long life from your new cerium oxide product follow these instructions carefully. 

We use only the purist cerium oxide called Opaline that ranges from 1 - .5 micron. This provides a superior polish to most lapidary and industrial applications. Cerium oxide must be used wet. The best coolant is water. A flood of water is better than a mist as this will prevent the belt or disk from burning and damaging your work piece. Our cerium oxide products work best at a slower speed. If you can slow down your machine, it is best to use between 1000 – 2000 SFPM. 

Diamond Dot Electroplated Disks, Hand Pads & Sheets

To ensure maximum performance and long life from your new diamond dot electroplated products please follow these instructions carefully. 

Our diamond dot electroplated abrasives can be used wet or dry, however, to extend the life of the product it is best to use them WET. They are meant to be used for sanding, polishing and shaping than for heavy bulk removal of material. Using them for heavy bulk removal or trying to make cuts in the material will reduce the life of the disk. Do not force sharp edges into the abrasives. 

Use a light touch in the beginning, since our diamond dot electroplated products will cut more aggressively. They will last and work best by using lite to medium pressure and to ensure long life of the product. They can be run at a higher speed; however, our recommendation is 3,000 to 5,000 SFPM. In most cases it is either the mounting method or speed and balance of the tools on the disk that will determine the maximum speed. The diamond should be run at a speed, so the disk does not dry, diamond must be kept cool. 

Use the whole surface of the abrasive, never just one spot. Take advantage of the fact that the entire surface is coated with diamond abrasive. This is the second most important factor after using enough water or coolant which extends the life of the product. 

Dressing Stick Instructions 

You simply run your belt or disk on the machine that you are using, apply plenty of water while doing it, and press an edge of the stick against the belt or disk for 5-10 seconds. The edge that you have pressed against the belt or disk will be worn down. Be sure to follow this procedure using lots of water to flush the disk or belt. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS PLEASE LET US KNOW