Are You Gambling When Selecting Your Wear Plate?

From Tuesday March 10 through Saturday, March 14, the North American construction industry will flock to Las Vegas to attend ConExpo-Con/Agg held every three years.

Most will donate during a game of chance in any of the hundreds of casinos. Plenty of hopeful folks have already planned how they will spend their casino winnings.

While the casinos plan to extract as much money from the tourists before they fly back home.

The roulette wheel is a popular draw where you drop your chips, hoping this time you will be a winner.


I realized this is how many people select their wear resistant steel.

Nearly every company representative attending the show has wear plate applications for their construction, aggregate or concrete equipment.

At the roulette wheel they glance at the red and black squares and numbers whirling past, and hope for inspiration or divine guidance to determine a winning number.

Immediately after the ball drops, reality slaps you in the back of the head. Another donation to the casino.

Roulette Wheel or Vending Machine Approach. Which Method Would You Select?

Rather than relying on a game of chance to select your wear steel; let’s compare it to selecting an item from a vending machine.

Using the vending machine photo below, your eyes scan for the specific item you need to deliver a successful result.


Rather than taking a chance on an unknown product, here you can see exactly what you will receive when you invest your money.

Immediately after reviewing the products available in a vending machine, you drop in the amount and select exactly which product you desire.

Remember there Are No Industry Standards for wear resistant steel.

When you settle for an inexpensive AR steel made overseas, it is very much like your chances on the roulette wheel. You part with your hard earned money, and God only knows what level of performance you will receive. It could last 3 years or 3 months. We have seen both results from desperate companies eager to save a few dollars.

At best you are uncertain exactly what you are going to get, or if it will nose-dive at the worst possible time. You better not bet your production schedule on it.

You certainly can’t depend on it to keep your customers happy.

Inexpensive wear resistant steel wear plate is a gamble on what is the exact hardness you might receive.
• You have no idea if you can weld it easily.
• Can you form it without cracking before it is installed?
• Will it last an entire season or result in a dramatic failure tomorrow? You have no idea at all.

You have betting odds you will be forced to buy more steel to replace your ‘bargain’ steel that failed prematurely. Now it looks like anything but a bargain.

Or you can make the intelligent selection and go with JADCO abrasion and impact resistant steel. Here you know exactly what you are going to get.

Just like the vending machine where you know what is behind the see-through door; you know what you will receive BEFORE investing your limited budget dollars.
• You know what the chemistry that makes up a truly through hardened wear resistant plate.
• You are offered the actual Material Test Report produced by the steel mill on their letterhead. Not some imaginary values printed on some distributor’s letterhead.
• Your stomach isn’t twisted up into knots worrying when the bottom will fall out.
• You don’t have to buy Tums in the 5 gallon bucket size to handle your stress, knowing the next blowout is just around the corner.

What does it mean to you personally when your inexpensive wear plate fails at the worst possible time?

Recall the last time it failed? Your overtime costs skyrocket, or you are stuck seeing all of your profits go out the door to unplanned outside contractor charges. Not to mention your reduced production, lower profits and a huge chunk of your repair budget is no longer available for any of your other important issues.

Then your planned repairs become ‘patch and pray’, as you are forced to patch with duct tape and bailing wire; trying to limp through to the end of the season.

Will your customers continue to use you after missing production deadlines?

Let’s face it, the customer is only concerned with you meeting your commitments on time.

Don’t gamble when making your wear resistant steel choices. Select the wear steel that pays for itself with longer life.

Will you be attending ConExpo – Con/Agg in Las Vegas March 10 through the 14th? Stop in to our display booth B-93403 to meet the professionals dedicated to delivering greater value and longer life in your equipment.


Join us in Las Vegas March 10-14, 2020
At Booth #B-93403

When you have focused exclusively on delivering consistent, longer life for our customers over the last 40 years; you understand why JADCO’s is able to deliver greater performance in your applications than what you have been using previously.

Not able to make it to Las Vegas this year?

Allow us to help you by calling (724) 452-5252, or email today. We will schedule a meeting with one of our local wear plate specialists at a time that best fits your schedule requirements.

Remember, the only thing you have to lose by not working with JADCO, are your profits.

When your AR wear plate gives out, give JADCO a shout!