Search Help

MATCH ALL WORDS (Default setting): By default, the search will return only those pages that contain ALL of the words that you type above. This is a fairly narrow search and may miss some pages. For example, if you type "grinding wheel", the search will return only the pages containing both words. You would miss pages that contain only grinding or only wheel.

MATCH ANY WORDS: If you select this option, the search will include pages that contain one or more of the words that you type above. This is a large search and may return too many pages to sort through. Using the example above, a search for "grinding wheel" would return all pages that contain "grinding", all pages that contain "wheel".

EXACT TERM MATCH: Enclose your word in double quotes (""). To find 6x1/2x1-1/4, type "6x1/2x1-1/4". This will return only those pages that contain that exact phrase. You can also combine the use of exact phrase searches with normal search terms and wildcard search terms within a single search. For example, "6x1/2x1-1/4" Type*). Note that wildcards within exact phrases (eg. "6x1/2x1-1/*") are not supported.

WILDCARDS: You can use the wildcards '*' and '?' in your search terms to search for multiple words and return a larger set of results. An asterisk character ('*') in a search term represents any number of characters, while a question mark ('?') represents any single character. This allows you to perform advanced searches such as "grind*" which would return all pages containing words beginning with "grind" such as grinding, grinder, etc.. Also, "*x1/2x*" would be a search for any words containing the word "x1/2x" such as 6x1/2x1-1/4, 5x1/2x1-1/4, 5x1/2x1-1/2, etc.. Similarly, the term, "6x1/? will return only 5 letter words such as 6x1/2, 6x1/4, 6x1/8, etc.. Or, you could type "?x1/2x1-1/4" to find 5x1/2x1-1/4, 6x1/2x1-1/4, etc..

EXCLUSION/NEGATIVE SEARCHES: You can precede a search term with a hyphen character to exclude that search term from being included in your search results. For example, a search for "dressing -diamond" would return all pages containing the word "dressing" but not the word "diamond".

OUR SUGGESTION: We suggest you start with the default Match ALL words and then use the double quotes to match the exact term to narrow your search. You can then try the wildcards and negative search features to focus the search as required.


This lists examples of ways to search for specific words or phrases.  To find items by typing in a single word, simply type in a word that is the most specific representative of what you are looking for.  The search engine will return all words that contain your search word.  This is the most inclusive search.  For example, if you type in disc, it will return both disc and discover.  If you type in grind, it will return both grind and grinding

To narrow your search, you may use quotes for single words or phrases.  Typing in "grind" will only return grind.  To use a phrase, simply enclose the phrase in quotes ("?").  For example, to find 7x1/2x1-1/4, type in  "7x1/2x1-1/4" .  To find multiple words, simply list each word making sure you sure you insert a blank space after each word.  Like "pink grinding wheel".  This will only return an exact match.  If you were looking for grinding wheel you would want to type in "grinding wheel" as this would return a better list than grinding wheel which would include grinding and wheel.  When using phrases, the order of the words is important as "diamond dressing" would not return the same results as "dressing diamond".  If you were to leave off the quotes, they would return the same results.  Wheel sizes are tricky - You may have to do several searches to find what you need (see examples below).

***Our Suggestions For Finding A Particular Size***

If you are looking for a 7x1/2x1-1/4 or a size close to this, we suggest you try any of the following:

Broadest Possible Search: Enter the number 7 by itself in the search box

Next Broadest Search: Enter 7x1/2* or  "7 x 1/2*" (Note the placement of the asterisk wild card and the spaces between the numbers)

Narrowest Search:  Enter  7x1/2x1-1/4 and then "7 x 1/2 x 1-1/4" (Note the spaces and the quotes). 

Other Examples

finds 7x1/2x1-1/4 (Will not find not 7 x 1/2 x 1-1/4)

7 x 1/2 x 1-1/4
finds 7 and x and 1/2 and 1-1/4
"7 x 1/2 x 1-1/4"
finds 7 x 1/2 x 1-1/4 (Will not find not 7x1/2x1-1/4)
finds grind and grinding and grindstone and grinder

finds grinding but not grind

grinding wheel
finds grinding and wheel

"grinding wheel"
finds grinding wheel

"pink grinding wheel"
finds pink grinding wheel but not pink or grinding or wheel

"dressing diamond wheels"
finds dressing diamond wheels but not dressing or diamond or wheels or diamond dressing wheels