Flex power tools

Flextool Brand


The company known as Flex has had a somewhat tumultuous history. Although production and manufacturing have remained constant, the company has changed hands numerous times. The company began as an entity called Ackermann & Schmitt and eventually adopted the Flextool name. They developed a strong reputation for producing quality power tools for the European market before eventually joining with Flex Porter-Cable, a well-known U.S. tool producer based in Jackson, Tennessee.

Under its partnership with Porter-Cable, which maintained the manufacturing facility in Steinheim, Germany, continuing to sell Flex brand tools, the group created many innovative tool designs including the first helical drive circular saw and the TigerClaw saw with adjustable head.

In 1996, Pentair Tools Group purchased Flextool along with Porter-Cable, and Pentair sold the companies to Black & Decker in October of 2004.

Throughout its history, Flextool, in conjunction with Porter-Cable produced a line of power tools that includes several types of grinders/polishers, wet edge milling machines, drills for natural stone, core drills and rigs, dust extractors, angle grinders, metal surface treatment tools and an array of accessories for all of its different tools.

Due to the recent purchase by Black & Decker, company restructuring, including office locations and management structure are in flux. Company websites for Flex in Germany and Porter-Cable in Tennessee offer the following addresses:


Flex Headquarters
Bahnhofstraße 15
71711 Steinheim / Murr

Flex USA
Porter-Cable Corporation
4825 Hwy. 45 North
P.O. Box 2468
Jackson, TN 38302-2468

Flex Canada
Through several distributors and service centers

Flex U.K.
Primary Dealer
Hamilton Power Products
Unit 2, Hythe Quay
Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JB





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