Flap Wheels

  1. Parm

    Parm Metal Tinkerer

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    What are those flap wheels called that have alternating scotch pad material and an abrasive paper

    And where can I get them?
     
  2. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Klingspor do them... so any klingspor dealer should be able to land you some...
    We call them combination pads at work.
    Some people call them interleaved discs.... Klingspor SMT850 are the ones we tend to use.
     
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  3. Parm

    Parm Metal Tinkerer

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    Thanks Hitch

    Now that I know what to look for I’ve found this, it’s perfect for what I need it for.

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    Will be making an arbour for it so I can use it in the wood turning lathe as it has adjustable speed, an angle grinder will be too quick.


    This is what I had before

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  4. stuvy Member

    Erm flap wheels
     
  5. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    What are you trying to do with them? We use them in angle grindrs for finishing stainless.
     
  6. Parm

    Parm Metal Tinkerer

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    I want to clean up a couple of small stainless steel parts and hopefully get a nice finish so eventually I can mirror polish
     
  7. gordon stephenson

    gordon stephenson Forum Supporter

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    Those cheap Lidl/Aldi angle grinders are adjustable speed, if they would do you job OK.
     
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  8. stuvy Member

    @Parm depending on what I was sanding a fresh mig weld 40grit flap disc then to higher grades and mops/cutting compound too

    You also need to know how to use a grinder. If you need a hand just shout
     
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  9. Parm

    Parm Metal Tinkerer

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    Cheers fella, I’ve got polishing mops and compound etc. I’m reasonably handy
     
  10. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    I fear your woodturning lathe may be too slow Parm, what does it top out at, 3000rpm? The discs are designed to run on a grinder.
    Most important thing will be to work through the grades, then on to conditioning pads and so on.
     
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  11. stuvy Member

    Will take a picture of something I used a flap disc on Monday. It’s steel but looks like brushed aluminium
     
  12. Bladevane

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    I think you might find a flap disc too harsh. An alternative would be a poly strip wheel. These can be used with full face contact on the material and give a much better surface finish. I use them for the top side of plasma cut steels just to remove the slight burr round the cut.
     
  13. Turbo Member

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    I buy the round velcro scotch pads when they are in lidl & use them on a backing pad on an adjustable speed grinder. They are in sets of 80, 180 & 400 grit & using them in sequence leaves a really nice grained finish. Just try & avoid sherp edges, it destroys them!
     
  14. Parm

    Parm Metal Tinkerer

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    ive used the type in picture 2 fitted to the chuck in the word turning lathe. Its worked very well for starting the polishing process prior to mop and compound, also used in the wood lathe
     
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