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Why choose Wearparts?

For crop farmers, replacement tillage and planting parts are essential. By their very nature, ground-engaging components on farm machinery such as cultivators and planters get worn down over time, and need to be replaced.

But what to replace them with isn’t so clear cut. Most agricultural dealers will carry a mix of OEM and aftermarket parts – and in many cases, OEM is the most expensive of the two, which leads farmers to believe that they are also better quality.

But the choice isn’t always a binary one. Wearparts replacement tillage and planting parts are not OEM parts, but neither are they a cheaper alternative. What’s more, Wearparts is more than just a brand name created to lend authenticity to a range of inferior aftermarket parts.

We’re smaller than the big guys, but just like the John Deeres of this world, we have an authentic reputation, built on expertise and trust. So whether you’re a farmer or an ag dealer, if you’re wondering why you should do business with Wearparts, here are six great reasons:

1. Quality

We’ll be absolutely straight with you; generally speaking, our products are not cheaper than their OEM equivalents. In some cases, you may even find they are more expensive. This is because we use only specialist global manufacturers to make high quality products from the best quality materials, always.

We source the majority of our replacement tillage parts in Europe and South America before assembling them here in the USA, and we test 100% of them before they are shipped out of our warehouses in Nebraska and Georgia. We also have some of the most stringent tolerances in the ag industry – typically half that of our competitors. If a product doesn’t pass our test, it doesn’t leave the warehouse.

We modify a significant percentage of our products in-house, delivering on average 10% MORE material and a 30% longer wearlife, which ultimately reduces downtime and cost per acre in the field.

2. Service

Our roots in the farming industry run deep, which means we have first-hand experience of the challenges farmers and ag dealers face. Our specialized team has a strong agricultural pedigree and a geographically-tailored approach – so whether you’re growing peanuts in California or cotton in Texas, we’ve got the knowledge and the components to meet your needs.

3. Innovation

The ag industry never stands still, and with every passing year, the challenges farmers face are evolving. Wearparts is committed to keeping pace with industry change so that we can meet our customers where they are – whether that means taking steps to overcome supply chain issues, or meeting the challenges posed by climate change.

We go the extra mile to source the latest innovations – such as our French-manufactured seed opener blades made using pioneering forging techniques that give them variable hardness and flexibility along their radius, for increased precision and reduced risk of breakage. Where innovation doesn’t already exist, we create it – adapting specifications based on direct feedback from our customers to deliver optimum performance and precision, every time.

4. Trust

OEM parts come with a trusted reputation baked in, but when it comes to getting support on the ground, global brands often lack the responsiveness and agility farmers and ag dealers need. At Wearparts, we pride ourselves on down-to-earth, easy to access customer service so our customers can always access support and expertise when they need it. Whether you’ve got a technical query or you need to source a specific part in a hurry, all you need to do is pick up the phone!

5. Convenience

Tillage waits for no man, right? Because farming isn’t a 9-5, we’ve built a comprehensive and convenient service that means you won’t have to wait around to get hold of our replacement tillage parts when you need them. Our secure supply chain means we rarely experience low stock or delays, and with warehouses in Nebraska and Georgia, we’re ideally placed to serve all of the lower states, with rapid shipping and no minimum order quantity.

Ready to experience the Wearparts difference for yourself? Get in touch to become a dealer, or find your nearest Wearparts dealer here.

What is CMT hardfacing?

A key advantage of choosing Wearparts as your preferred supplier of replacement tillage parts is that all our products are assembled and tested right here in Nebraska.

While our tillage parts are manufactured around the world – mostly in Europe and South America – everything comes to our HQ to receive final sign-off before we distribute to our dealer network. This also means we are able to offer additional services, like modifications, on many of our most popular product lines.

One of the main modification services we offer is CMT hardfacing – a welding process that is completed by our in-house team of specialist welders, and can significantly extend the wear life of ground-contact components.

But what exactly is CMT hardfacing? What are the benefits, and how does it differ from conventional welding? Let’s take a closer look.

How is CMT welding different?

The CMT process uses much of the same equipment as conventional welding and essentially ‘looks’ the same – but there’s a key difference. Conventional welding uses an electrical arc to generate heat. The arc is created by a short circuit that occurs when the electrode comes in contact with the metal, causing it to melt. The process produces continuous heat that builds as the weld is carried out.

CMT welding is different because it uses an alternating AC/DC current that retracts the wire electrode when a short circuit occurs. This occurs in a pulsing rhythm which means the weld has time to cool before each drop is placed, which makes the process smoother and less messy. It also means that the majority of the heat remains within the electrode, instead of transferring to the base metal being welded. Using this process to protect the base metal from excessive heat removes the risk that it will become diluted with the filler metal from the melting electrode, which could affect its inherent properties and make it weak. It also eliminates the risk of warping and distortion that can occur when metal is heated to extremes. This means that the CMT process is much better adapted for welding thin metal.

What are the benefits of CMT welding?

CMT welding has some clear benefits both during the process itself and in the finished weld.

Because the process allows for much more precise placement of the filler metal, there’s no need to worry about spatter. This makes it an ideal process for application in hard-to-reach places, or where spatter might damage surrounding components.

CMT delivers a very smooth, uniform-looking weld which, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing than the bumpy surface of a conventional weld, has some additional benefits for products such as our replacement tillage parts. The clean edge of a CMT weld is smooth and thin, which means products like sweeps, ripper points and coulter wheels remain sharp and precise while also being much longer wearing.

Finally, the CMT process helps to guarantee the strength of the finished product. At lower temperatures, the base metal doesn’t become diluted by the weld wire as it melts, which often happens in conventional welding, effectively turning the welded metal into an alloy, which is much harder but has lower tensile strength. As a result, the welded portion can be brittle and more prone to breakage. CMT keeps dilution to a minimum so the base metal remains inherently strong and flexible, which in the case of our replacement tillage parts, means a much-reduced risk of breakage in the field.

To find out more about our CMT hardfacing service, get in touch!