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Twelve Tips for Longer Blade Life

1. Flip/Reverse the blade at regular intervals
Routinely flipping the blade can double the blade life. The time between flips depends on operator use and the type of application and material.

2. Do not back drag
Back dragging causes the edge to break before it wears down completely.

3. Always use corner attachments to corner with loader buckets
Corner guards protect the bucket from wearing out prematurely. Cornering without corner guards can reduce the bucket's strength.

4. Avoid excessive down pressure
The operator controls the degree of pressure exerted when the bucket engages with the ground. The less pressure exerted, the longer the wear for the bucket.

5. If possible, avoid using blades under wet conditions
Wet conditions cause blades to wear faster.

6. Check the position of the loader edge
The primary engagement edge should be the bolt-on cutting edge, not the base edge. The base edge is the primary support for the bucket system. A worn out base edge weakens the entire bucket structure.

7. Replace wear plates on loaders
Don't forget to look under the hood. Wear plates extend the life of both the cutting edge and the bucket. Adding new cutting edges to a bucket with a worn out wear plate will significantly increase the wear life of your bucket.

8. Use the correct bolts and nuts
Only use Grade 8 bolts and nuts, or higher. A lesser quality could cause the bolts to stretch, and then to loosen. With loose bolts and nuts, the blade is loose on the moldboard, which can result in “chattering” and, finally, breakage.

9. Check and tighten bolts routinely
Loose blades can be damaged easily. If the blades are being used for crushers and other processing equipment, a loose blade can fall into the equipment and destroy the processing machine.

10. Consider switching to SBC (single bevel curved) grader blades
The leading bevel on DBC blades wears out almost immediately, becoming, in effect, an SBC. SBC blades give you longer wear life and better value.

11. Consider using thicker edges
Machines are much more powerful now than they were several years ago. They can often use thicker edges and, in many cases, they should use the thicker edges.

12. When using carbide blades, use a standard flat blade as a cover blade to protect the carbide edge
Carbide edges have to use a much softer, millable steel (usually 30 carbon steel) in the manufacturing of the carbide blades. This steel will sometimes “wash away” causing the carbide inserts to fall out.

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