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We’re sure you’re already aware that in the woodworking industry, coated abrasives can be handled a bit neglectfully. It can be a little confusing knowing exactly how to store wide belts so we are offering a list of our top tips for the best storage that can extend the life of your wide belts and make them work better, for longer.
Ever heard through the grapevine that abrasives are impervious to all temperatures, as well as rain? Well, we hate to break it to you but - it’s just not true! Wide belts need to handled with care and looked after - and if handled and stored correctly then they will look after you by providing a better service.
The best storage room for wide belts
To store wide belts correctly, you ideally need to keep them in an optimal storage room. What makes for the ideal storage? Store your wide belts against inside-partitioned walls, rather than against outside-facing walls. They should also be kept away from windows and direct heat. Ideally, air-conditioned rooms make the perfect friend for the wide belt. This keeps them at a more regulated temperature, and away from the damaging effects of the cold and damp.
Keep your wide belts within the ideal temperature range
Keep away from humidity! What temperature should the wide belt be stored at? We recommend that storage should be between 18-26°c to keep it happy. Sudden drops and changes in humidity will also cause problems for the wide belt. Therefore, if humidity changes throughout the heating season, or after a spell of heavy rain and foggy weather, it will affect the wide belt’s performance. Consequently, doing all you can to stop humidity reaching your wide belts will help keep them in good condition.
Keep your wide belts
Do not store on concrete floors or in areas of damp. This is a killer for the wide belt and will increase the moisture content in the backing and bonding of the wide belt. The damp air is the primary cause of grip-loss, whereas the decrease in damp air can result in brittleness and inflexibility.
Remember - where possible, store your belts in the original packaging. If this isn’t possible then roll them up carefully and neatly and store them at the end of a shelf.