Jason Brouk, a wood flooring pro with almost 30 years of experience in the wood flooring industry, has invented an edger pad that allows the user to easily switch back and forth between a standard rubber edger pad and the FlexPad. Dubbed the Vector Pro Series Edger Pad, the patented design has a spring steel base that, with the press of a button, goes from a rough-sanding pad to one for fine-sanding.
The idea for the pad was borne from necessity when Brouk was working with his wood flooring crews. "We would do the FlexPad for fine sanding and for rough, we would put the original rubber pad back on. Nobody is going to mess with any of my machines as far as doing adjustments, and at the time I had six guys working for me. I was always popping the FlexPad off and putting the original rubber pad on. I said, 'I think I could come up with something better,'" Brouk explains.
Brouk floated the idea to his brother, Justin Brouk, an engineer, and the design work began, with Justin being the lead engineer on the invention. "I’ve got five years in working on the different prototypes, and it blows me away what you can do with it," Jason Brouk says. The spring steel "has flexibility and memory, and it won't distort or bend," he explains, saying that it's probably "the last edger pad you'll ever have to buy."
"He is thinking outside the lines," says longtime wood flooring pro Wayne Lee. "Having the ability to adjust the cut in partnership with the different sandpaper helps the edger perform better."
The pad is currently compatible with the American Sanders Super 7 edger, and Brouk says one will be available soon for the American Sanders B2. It is available via Brouk's website, floorlordindustries.com, for $386.25, or by calling (314) 392-3782 (the company is also on Facebook).
Brouk's Diamondback scrapers are also available via the website, and Brouk has many more ideas in the works, including a patent-pending modification for the big machine that cools the sandpaper, increasing the abrasive life, that he hopes to debut next spring.
"I’ve been doing wood flooring for a long time. I want to do things to make it better for the floor guy, with a better looking job and more money in their pocket," he says.