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Look What They're Doing With Long Wear Ceramics
First it was ceramic sprayer nozzles. Now comes a fast-growing line of "tillage tools" made of highly wear-resistant ceramics.
"It'll outwear hardened steel four to nine times, yet only costs slightly more," says Mark Donsworth, sales manager for Agri-cultural Ceramics, a British firm that's moving into "ceramics for agriculture" in a big way. Donsworth predicts that most major equipment manufactuers will be offering ceramic soil-wearing components as standard equipment on chisels plows, cultivators, drills and planters in three to five years.
Agricultural Ceramics, which was first on the market with ceramic spray nozzles, currently markets "all ceramic" tine points, drill coulters and subsoiler shins, and glue-on ceramic strips for the cutting edges of cultivator sweeps and shovels. All-ceramic components are laced with a special additive so they'll absorb the shock of hitting a rock and spring back without cracking or breaking. Donsworth notes that ceramics is "at least as good if not better" than steel in scouring ability. His company is looking for a North American distributor for its line of ceramic components.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Agri-cultural Ceramics, Blue House Lane, Medlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, England 1P145NH (ph 0449 767757).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #1