When it comes to grader blades you have two important choices to make. What is the right material and what is the best blade type for your application? Choosing the correct blades makes a great difference in motor grader performance and overall productivity. DMC Wear Parts offers a variety of grader blades that can save you time and money with three different composite materials:
The BluSteel grader blade system solves all road grading needs while extending blade wear life, reducing fuel expenses, and saving time! This grader system can quickly transform your grading equipment into any style of cutting edge with 6 different blades profiles.
Carbide grader blades are built for maximum wear life in high abrasion or low impact applications. These cutting edges are designed with a tungsten carbide insert and overlay to increase the wear life of the blade serval times longer than conventional steel blades.
Steel grader blades are used for most types of road grading or earthmoving applications. Heat-treated steel is an inexpensive option that provides efficient performance for cutting edge applications.
While the proper metal selection is important, the application and environment will often determine which style of blade is needed for your project. Impact, ground penetration, and abrasion resistance will define the prerequisites of your cutting edge. Your selection for grader blades has to penetrate the ground material, not wear excessively, and remain intact during impact operation.
Using the right style of blade for your application will help you buy fewer edges, have less downtime and spend less money on labor and hardware. DMC Wear Parts carries the following styles of blades:
“From an operators standpoint conditions are always changing and with the Borox blue steel you have the ability to adapt to different conditions by switching between different cutting-edge styles and thicknesses easily. From a shop foreman standpoint less down pressure to do the job means less wear and tear on the machine, which translates to savings in the long run!”
– Stuart | Road Foreman | North Dakota, USA
With over 20 years of experience, we understand your needs and can help you get the correct road grading equipment for your job. Let us put our knowledge to work for you!
Road grading is a method of maintaining and leveling an unpaved road surface. Road grading is essential before a road is paved or for permanent dirt/gravel roads.
When vehicles drive on an unpaved road, the surface material can become displaced, causing potholes, washboard bumps, and uneven surfaces. Roads that are not properly maintained have an increased risk of accidents and are more susceptible during wet or icy conditions. Shaping the road surface is also crucial for proper drainage, salt/sand distribution, and controlling surface moisture. Road grading results in safer roads with improved traction, proper drainage, and better driving conditions.
Crowning is a typical blade wear pattern that occurs when a cutting edge conforms to the profile of the road being graded. When extreme crowning occurs some operators may opt to try a narrower and/or thinner cutting edge. But an additional step that allows more play in your blades is to use shorter blades (36-48in lengths) that can be rotated inside out, flipped over or inverted to maximize your wear.
The thickness of your cutting edge should be determined by the penetration requirements for your project. Harder or higher impact surfaces benefit from a thinner blade. The thinner blade makes it easier to penetrate the material. For easier surfaces, a thicker blade can be used to extend overall wear life.
The angle at which a grader blade is operated can make your job easier or harder. Each application will have an optimal range that keeps the blade sharpest and offer the best penetration. It is important to understand the best angle for your blade and application.