Mirka is launching the first narrow belt net abrasive, Abranet Max, for the wood industry. Using Abranet's net approach - which allows sanding dust to be extracted from the abrasive surface - Abranet Max is described by Finnish manufacturer Mirka as a universal product suited for a broad variety of sanding applications.
As a result of the net structure, the abrasive surface does not clog up on resinous wood types, or soft materials. The sanded surface also stays cooler and avoids burning.
Abranet max is made with a tough aluminum oxide grain, which gives it a high cut rate on harder wood types and materials. The symmetrical net structure enables an efficient cut and stock removal, says Mirka, noting that lower pressure is needed - so the material delivers a more consistent surface finish with minimal quality variations.
The belt has no arrows for direction on the backside, which means it can be run in both directions. The unique net construction characteristics create a finer scratch pattern resulting in a better surface finish.
Mirka also says Abranet Max offers an extreme long lifetime compared to conventional abrasive belts, resulting in a lower amount of belts needed for the job, and cost savings and time efficiency because of less downtime in production due to changing of belts. Abranet Max belts also work in applications where water is used as cooling agent. Abranet Max is available in P80-P240.