FLEXSTEEL General-Purpose Flap Discs

April 04,2017
FLEXSTEEL General-Purpose Flap Discs

Walter Surface Technologies announces the launch of FLEXSTEEL, a high-performing general-purpose flap disc designed for use on steel in light industrial, metal fabrication and construction applications. FLEXSTEEL is the newest addition to Walter’s ENDURO-FLEX family of flap discs and furthers Walter’s commitment to helping customers work better. 

FLEXSTEEL features a specially engineered zirconia-alumina abrasive grain blend that self-sharpens with low pressure, allowing it to maintain a high removal rate on any power tool, including value models with less torque.  FLEXSTEEL provides an economical solution for workers who need a quality, industrial-grade flap disc.

“For high-powered grinders, Walter’s ENDURO-FLEX series already provides the most productive line of flap discs, which feature the longest service life and highest removal rate in the industry,” explained Amadou Sylla, Associate Product Manager at Walter Surface Technologies. “To help manufacturers gain a competitive edge in general MRO environments or construction, without compromising on safety or performance, we developed a premium-grade flap disc that is ideally suited for the general-purpose grinding that is so prevalent”.

FLEXSTEEL flap discs are made of abrasive grains that self-sharpen under low pressure and, like the ENDURO-FLEX series, they feature Walter’s unique Eco-Trim backing that extends disc life.

The discs offer a high removal rate and good life on steel. They offer an economical choice for blending sharp corners, heavy deburring or blending in fillet welds.  In addition, they can withstand lateral pressure to remove material from corners and edges – all of which would normally cause premature wear on the standard abrasive cloth typically found on flap discs in this category.

“FLEXSTEEL will benefit a vast market that is currently underserved with existing, under-performing products,” adds Sylla. The flap disc took 3 years to develop and has undergone extensive field testing to ensure the customer would be getting the best-possible product in its class.”

Related Glossary Terms

  • abrasive


    Substance used for grinding, honing, lapping, superfinishing and polishing. Examples include garnet, emery, corundum, silicon carbide, cubic boron nitride and diamond in various grit sizes.

  • backing


    1. Flexible portion of a bandsaw blade. 2. Support material behind the cutting edge of a tool. 3. Base material for coated abrasives.

  • fillet


    Rounded corner or arc that blends together two intersecting curves or lines. In three dimensions, a fillet surface is a transition surface that blends together two surfaces.

  • grinding


    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.