3M offer a full range of grinding, sanding and cutting discs for use in a wide variety of applications including stock removal, blending, finishing and polishing. The combination of several minerals, resin systems and backings results in a wide variety of products designed to meet the requirements needed for use on most wood, metal, composite, gel coat and painted substrates or hard‑to‑grind materials.
3M abrasive discs are designed for maximum durability. Many feature our revolutionary Precision-Shaped Grain, which acts like a cutting tool, slicing through surfaces like a knife. It grinds faster and with less friction, minimising heat build-up in the workpiece and lasting many times longer than conventional grain. The durable design of our abrasives helps reduce worktime which improves productivity and increases safety.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a industrial injury caused by continuous exposure to vibrations from hand held tools or machinery. Prolonged exposure can damage the blood vessels, nerves and tendons in the fingers, hand and wrist. Vibration related injuries can lead to permanently reduced sensitivity, strength and dexterity.
3M abrasive discs work faster than conventional alternatives. The smooth cutting action requires less operator pressure, and completing the job faster enabled by the faster cutting abrasive will lead to reduced operator time on the tool, helping prevent hand-arm vibration.
3M are a founding member of the Organisation for Safety in Abrasives (oSa). They audit abrasive manufacturers to EN standards guaranteeing the highest level of tested safety for cutting and grinding tools.
3M engineered abrasives are all oSa certified, fully meet EN safety standards and regularly undergo audits with certified quality management throughout the manufacturing process. Therefore, the discs are less likely to break during operation, minimising the risk from accidents.
Our experts can provide you with all the support you need to keep your project running as smoothly as possible. We can collaborate with you to find the right abrasive solution for your requirements through professional testing and analysis.
Choosing the right abrasive can be difficult as a range of factors must be considered including the material being used and the desired finish you want to achieve. Issues such as loading, cut-rate and operator fatigue can all impact the final result. The best option is to speak to a 3M expert who can use their experience to recommend the abrasive that's most suitable for your application.
3M offer a complete range of abrasive discs with options for every application, including cloth and foam discs, paper discs, fibre discs, film discs, flap discs, nonwoven discs, net discs, metal bond discs and quick-change discs.
This will depend on the type of material you are working with. If you're cutting through metal, cutting discs are the best option. You will need to choose the right thickness for your abrasive, depending on the size and type of the metal.
Flap discs are the best option for fast stock removal and deburring welds, allowing you to grind, blend and finish with one product. For paint removal, non-woven strip discs are the best option, helping remove paint layers without damaging walls.
You can find the availability of any 3M abrasive disc by using the 'where to buy' feature found on the right side of the product page. Simply select the specific options you need for your abrasive disc using the drop-down menus and follow the link if you want to purchase. If you have any questions about which abrasive to buy, please contact a 3M expert.
3M’s abrasive brands are made of different material and are designed for different purposes. 3M™ Cubitron™ II discs and 3M Xtract™ discs are highly abrasive for cutting, sanding and grinding application, while Scotch-Brite™ and Trizact™ are designed mostly for cleaning and polishing surfaces.