sanding belts

Empire Abrasives Sanding Belts

Over 50,000 Sanding Belts in stock ready to ship, custom belts available. Largest selection of sanding belts online offered in Aluminum Oxide, Zirconia, Red Ceramic, and non-woven surface conditioning belts.

Sanding Belt Sizes

We carry a wide variety of belts in different sizes from ⅜” to 52” widths and 13” to 103” lengths. To find the size for your specific machine or tool, select the shopping filter above. If your size is not listed, it may be non-standard dimensions, which we can assist you with by placing a custom belt size order.

How to Measure Sanding Belts Length 

Not sure what size sanding belt to order? If you have an existing belt, you can use that to measure for a comparison. 

  • For an old/worn out belt you don’t plan on reusing, simply cut the belt and measure it from end to end.

  • If your only belt(s) is still in working condition, press the belt flat and measure it from end to end. Multiply that number by 2 and that is your sanding belt length.

Wide Belts

We do have a selection of extra large sanding belts for customers with larger machinery. These larger belts range from 25 inches up to 52 inches in width, and lengths from 48” up to 103”. For other sizes, we do also offer the ability to place orders for custom sanding belt sizes.

Custom Sanding Belts

If your machinery requires a belt that isn’t one of the standard sizes, we can help. Empire Abrasives can get your custom sized sanding belts made quickly. Please call or email our abrasive specialists to discuss pricing and options for your custom order.

Grinding Belt Abrasives

There are several options when it comes to the abrasive grain you choose for your abrasive belts. 

Aluminum Oxide Sanding Belts

An economical option that is considered a general-purpose abrasive for sanding and grinding. Aluminum oxide is a great abrasive for ferrous metal, plastics, composites, and wood. 

Ceramic Sanding Belts

Ceramic alumina is a stronger abrasive material that self-sharpens and has the added benefit of running cooler than most of its alternatives. Ceramic is one of the best sanding belts for metal like super alloys, stainless steel, nickel, cobalt and non-ferrous metals.

Zirconia Sanding Belts

Zirconia, aka zirc, belts are a fast cutting and grinding abrasive. Unlike aluminum and ceramic, zirc sanding belts can be used for both wet and dry applications.

Silicon Carbide Sanding Belts

Silicon carbide is a commonly used abrasive for floor sanding belts. This abrasive is useful for sanding hardwood floors and concrete.

Sanding Belts for Knifemaking

Abrasive belts are one of the most important tools in a knifemaker’s workshop. Using a belt grinder with knives significantly speeds up the process of grinding down and shaping the blade and/or the handle. The most common size knifemaking sanding belt is 2x72 inch, though some knifemakers can get by with a 1x30 inch belt. Ceramic is the preferred choice of abrasive grain for most bladesmiths and knifemakers.

How to Clean Sanding Belts

Like any other abrasive products, sanding belts can get loaded up with material through regular use. To extend the life of your sanding belts, you can clean most of the accumulated material with a rubberized cleaning stick, also available for sale on