“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
Below are some of the most popular questions about the BluSteel Grader System.
Fuel economy is dependent on RPM. The more work a machine has to do the higher the RPM’s necessary to do that work. Using BluSteel cutting edges allows you to cut or maintain your roads at lower RPM’s. This results in lower fuel consumption. Some of our customers have even cut fuel costs by 40%!
Fuel savings and lower RPMs come from two aspects of the system. First, always having a sharp edge makes the cutting easier. BX500 blades, when run correctly negative (15-20 degree angle), will always maintain a sharp edge. This will make it easier to cut requiring less work and fewer RPM’s which saves fuel. Second, the thickness of the BluSteel blades is easier to work with and slices through the ground with fewer RPMs. The BX500 is 1/2″ thick, which is ¼” thinner than the standard blade. The combination of a sharp, thin blade leads to less machine output required for the same project. This lowers your RPM and saves a lot of fuel.
The BluSteel Grading system solves the problem of uneven blade wear. The magic of BluSteel is that you can run it back, keeping the edge sharp. Plus, the ability to rotate blades helps maintain a straight edge so the operator can cut equally and maintain a slope.
Instead of having a 7′ or 8′ blade that is uneven you have a 3′ or 4′ blade. These shorter blades can be rotated inside out, flipped over, or inverted to “play” your wear. That means instead of torching away your dollars you can quickly rotate the blade to evenly wear and keep a straight edge. Finally, the hardness of the blade is the cherry on top that provides longer use before the steel wear warrants replacement compared to conventional edges.
The system is meant to give you unmatched versatility and keep the grader out on the road working rather than sitting in the shop getting the blade switched. No air tools are required, limited downtime, and there is no more deadheading back to shop to change a blade. For helpful tips on how to mount and install your BluSteel blades, download this quick guide.
Most of the Borox BluSteel products are based on the Scandinavian system with wedge/wedge bolt and mounting adaptor plate in combination with efficient blades. The blades all fit onto the same mounting board system. The adaptor plate is bolted to the moldboard and the plow blades are secured with a wedge and wedge bolt. Thanks to the adapter plate you can quickly and easily change new plow blades and/or flip over existing blades – all you need is a powerful hammer.
Operators that roll their blades out and over are best suited for the BluSteel system because it basically creates a “table”. Then you can easily hit the wedges out, rotate your blades, set the blades down flat, and re-enter the wedges. Plus, the BluSteel system is designed with 3’ or 4’ width blades so you can carry a different style of blades on the machine with you.