When A Higher Priced Sanding Disc Can Actually Save You Money, Norton Blaze Sanding Discs
Here at General Tool & Supply Company, we get many requests for quotes on thousands of different items. Basically, we will get a call, E-mail, or fax, asking for a RFQ, in which the purchasing agent will say, "give us your best price" or "what is your best discount" on a certain item.
Upon receiving a request like this, one would think the best thing a supplier can do is give that purchasing agent the "best price" or "best discount" on the particular products this potential customer is looking for. We feel this approach is wrong, especially when dealing with commodity items like sanding discs. When the Norton Abrasive Company came out with their line of Blaze F980 sanding discs, we proved this point with our existing sanding disc customers and many potential sanding disc accounts.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Norton line of Blaze discs, they are basically Norton's best choice for sanding stainless steel, titanium, and super alloys. The benefits of using this type of disc are as follows:
* Improved micro-fracturing for sharper grain edges and improved grain life
* Significant cut rate and life over competitive blended/low-ratio ceramic alumina discs
* Minimizes heat, loading and glazing on stainless, titanium and super alloys
* Improved grain retention for longer life
* Increased life and durability
* Improved humidity and prevention against curl
With these benefits, you can see why it is "cheaper" for a customer to use a $2.36 disc over an $1.00 disc because with the better disc, you will be able to sand many more parts than with the "cheaper" disc. As a matter of fact, Norton blaze discs have a 50-200% longer life on stainless, titanium, and super alloys than conventional discs.
Norton's claims were spot on with our customers, who after trying these discs, now buy nothing other than Blaze Sanding Discs. We stock them here at General Tool and Supply and we even offer an assortment so you can buy them without purchasing a full box. One you try them, you will never go back to that so-called "cheaper" disc.