Anabrasivebeltis used in woodworking and metalwork. Theabrasivebeltisoften referred to as a sandingbeltorsandpaperbeltandis used to smooth out a rough surface finish. In many instances, theabrasivebeltmight be used to actually shape apiece or create a part from a larger piece of stock by grinding the piece to adesired size and shape. Typically fitted around two or more rubber wheels anddriven by an electric motor, theabrasivebeltisan important component in most work shops.
Theabrasivebeltis constructed by gluing roughabrasiveparticles onto a cloth orpaper-likebeltin a circular configuration. Thebeltis constructed to give theoperator a durable, long-lasting product to work with. Theabrasivebits used on the surface of thebeltare applied in differing sizes, which are known as grits. The larger the grit or number of grits given to abelt, the larger theabrasivebitson thebelt. A higher grit rating alsoreflects a lesser number ofabrasivebits on thebelt.