Depressed Center Wheels feature 100% aluminum oxide abrasive.

Press Release Summary:

Available in ¼ in. Type 27 wheels in diameters ranging from 4 ½–9 in. and heights of 7/8 and 5/8-11 in., Gemini XXL Abrasive Wheels provide 50% more life and metal removal than standard aluminum oxide wheels, and work best on hard-grade carbon steel applications, weld repairs, flashing, and jobs that require quick turnaround.

Original Press Release:

New Norton Gemini XXL Aluminum Oxide Depressed Center Wheels Offer Industry's Fastest Cut Rate

Worcester, MA U.S.A. – Norton Abrasives (,  the world’s leading manufacturer of metal fabrication abrasives products for over 125 years, has introduced Gemini XXL, the fastest grinding 100% aluminum oxide depressed center wheels on the market. Providing 50% more life and metal removal than standard aluminum oxide wheels, Gemini XXL works best on hard-grade carbon steel applications, weld repairs, flashing and jobs that require a quick turnaround. (

“The new Gemini XXL wheels help metalfab users dramatically improve productivity and material output,” said Debbie Gaspich, Norton Abrasives Director of Product Management, North America. “Gemini XXL’s increased metal removal rates and improved overall performance make it an exceptional value when compared to standard aluminum oxide wheels.”

For example, in a field case study on right angle grinding long, light post welds, a 4-1/2” x ¼” x 5/8-11” Gemini XXL wheel was tested against a standard aluminum oxide wheel on a 4-1/2”, 10 AMP grinder. The Gemini XXL removed 43% more material and performed 106% better than a competitive wheel for an annual savings of over $5,700.

Manufactured in the U.S.A. in Norton’s Texas-based facility, Gemini XXL wheels feature quality aluminum oxide abrasive for consistent, maximum performance. They are available in ¼” Type 27 wheels in diameters ranging from 4 ½” to 9” and heights of 7/8” and 5/8-11”, ten SKU’s in total.

About Norton Abrasives and Saint-Gobain

Norton is a brand of Saint-Gobain. Norton Abrasives is the world’s leading manufacturer of a wide array of abrasive products. For applications ranging from rapid stock removal to precision finishing in all industries, products are offered in BEST, BETTER and GOOD performance/ price tiers for meeting the needs of all end users.  (

Saint-Gobain is the world leader in abrasives and in building materials, and is the only international manufacturer to offer a full complement of abrasives products to customers worldwide.  Saint-Gobain Abrasives has more than 16,000 employees and approximately 100 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business has 2,243 employees and 11 manufacturing sites.

Founded in 1665 and headquartered in Paris, Saint-Gobain had worldwide sales of $55.8 billion in 2013 and employs approximately 187,000 people in 64 countries.  The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9 billion in 2013.

For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit

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