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Schaffner Mfg. Co., Inc.

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Mailing Address:
21 Herron Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202 US

Phone: 412-761-9902
Fax: 412-761-8998

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A flap wheel is made up of abrasive strips (flaps) radiating from a hub (center). Flap wheels come in many different shapes and sizes, with outside diameters ranging typically from 4" to 24". The hub holds the flaps together at the periphery and defines the flap wheel's arbor at the center. Flaps are attached to the hub, and to each other, using various materials, the most common one being adhesive or glue.

The three kinds of hubs used to manufacture flap wheels are:

The flap wheels we manufacture include:


Buffing wheels are the delivery mechanisms for apply polishing compound to items being buffed or polished. At Schaffner Manufacturing, we make a wide range of customized buffing wheels and pads for metal finishing applications involving these materials:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Brass
  • Plastic
  • Non-Ferrous

There are three kinds of buffing wheels:


Buffing compounds are made of tightly-sized abrasives held together with glue or grease binders. Different kinds of abrasives are used for finishing various materials such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastic and wood. Buffing compounds are made for the two phases of buffing: "cutting down" and "coloring."

The "cutting down" phase is accomplished using compounds that contain aggressive abrasive materials. Applications requiring bright, high-luster finishes undergo a "coloring" buffing process that consists of buffing the surface with a smaller, sometimes less-aggressive, abrasive that brings out the material's natural color.

Schaffner Manufacturing offers a complete line of buffing compounds for any application. Our buffing compound selection includes:

  • Liquid Compounds are the emulsified forms of solid buffing compounds, and are water-soluble.
  • Solid Bar compounds are used in commercial and industrial applications, and are available in regular and hand-bar sizes.
  • Coloring compounds are available in a wide range of abrasive materials based on the amount of color desired in a chrome buffing operation. These color compounds are designed to provide luster and bring out the chrome's natural color.
  • Jeweler's Rouge, originally developed for the jewelry trade, is used for extremely fine color buffing to produce mirror-like finishes on chrome, stainless steel and carbon steel. It is also used on gold, silver, sterling, platinum and brass.

After buffing, there is often a residue on parts that must be cleaned off, especially those which need to be plated after buffing.

Our detailed explanation of buff wheel compound cleaning can expand your knowledge base and help you meet the specifications of every job more effectively than ever.

Company Profile

Schaffner Manufacturing Company, Inc. designs and manufactures Flap Wheels, Buffing Wheels and Buffing Compounds for applications in the production of automotive & truck parts, motorcycles, aerospace components, plumbing fixtures, decorative hardware and cookware made of aluminum, brass, stainless steel and zinc. Our technical expertise enables us to provide you with solutions that help you meet the most exacting specifications. When you trust Schaffner, you get the consistent quality and product development and engineering support you need to stay competitive.

Product Categories of Schaffner Mfg. Co., Inc.

  • Abrasive Belts, Discs
  • Abrasive Blasting Materials
  • Abrasive Grain
  • Abrasives, non-woven nylon
  • Brushes, cleaning and polishing
  • Buffing Compounds
  • Buffing-Compound Applicators
  • Buffs
  • Burnishing Compounds
  • Contact Wheels, abrasive belt
  • Dust Collectors, Dust-Control Systems
  • Felt Wheels and Bobs
  • Flapwheels
  • Lathes, buffing and polishing
  • Lime, burnishing and polishing
  • Lubricants, polishing
  • Mass-Finishing Compounds
  • Mass-Finishing Media
  • Mass-Finishing Supplies
  • Polishing and Buffing Equipment, automatic
  • Polishing and Buffing Equipment, hand-held
  • Polishing Machinery, abrasive belt
  • Polishing Wheel Cement, glue
  • Polishing Wheels
  • Rubbing Compounds
  • Sanders, hand-held
  • Waxes

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