Single-Source Agricultural Wear Component Solutions


Types of Component Wear


Finished wear resistant industrial component

Fisher Barton Specialty Products (FBSP) manufactures parts and components for a wide range of industries and applications. No matter what function they serve, all these products are susceptible to wear. Fortunately, FBSP has developed ways to combat the various types of blade wear that parts and components encounter. With a variety of test options like v-notch or charpy testing, we can create a heat treating or coating process to best suit your component materials and wear issues. We have also created MARBAIN®, our patented base material, which ensures a very high resistance to the various component wear types.

Wear Types

Erosive wear is the most common wear because many of our agricultural parts are moving at high speeds on crop harvesting equipment, dirt, sand, and even the crops themselves can impinge on a component’s knife edge. Though the impinging particles may be small, even microscopic, the sheer force created by the speed of the moving part can create eroded gouges on the surface.

Another common type of wear that occurs is abrasion. Abrasion occur anywhere two surfaces slide or rub against each other repeatedly. Crop materials, secondary blades, cutting anvils, and/or other materials sliding against a part can wear away its surfaces, taking material with them.

Fisher Barton Specialty Products prevents erosive and abrasive wear to our parts by modifying their surfaces to improve their hardness and toughness. This is achieved by using an additional coating that includes hard particles in a ductile matrix, such as tungsten-carbide particles in a nickel matrix. Coatings like this one create surfaces that are more wear resistant and less prone to cracking.

Treatment Solutions

When applied to the cutting edge of a part, this type of coating can, in some instances, act as a self-sharpening knife—the base material generally wears away faster than the coating, while the coating retains the part’s cutting edge.

In addition to our various coating processes, FBSP also uses heat treating to improve the wear resistance of our parts and components. Through induction, carburizing, and an austempering heat treating processes, we can change the microstructure of our parts’ base materials. Typically it is iron, steel, or an alloy of either used to make the parts or components much harder and stronger.

FBSP specializes in austempering, a process used to create our proprietary MARBAIN® material. This material is a unique type of high-boron steel and offers good hardness, high strength, and high impact resistance, making it an ideal material to manufacture many different kinds of blades and other parts that require high wear resistance.

Additionally, Fisher Barton Specialty Products performs v-notch testing, charpy testing, and a variety of other testing through our Materials Lab to ensure that the base materials used in our products meets the hardness and toughness requirements of the customers' application.

To learn more about how blade wear affects your equipment, and how we can help you find a solution, contact Fisher Barton Specialty Products today.