Agricultural equipment has to deal with a unique set of circumstances. Farms are dusty places, their fields and pastures even more so. Equipment is used with long intervals, sometimes only a few punishing weeks a year. The machines are usually full of a variety of moving parts, their owners as a rule are not and do not wish to be maintenance engineers. Still the equipment has to function flawlessly if and when needed and break down or maintenance stops are not an option.
Very specific challenges are transferred onto the bearings, guides and slides. Maintenance free is of utmost importance; the non-metallic nature of D-glide® avoids seizing and a good design is essential. Many manufacturers rely on D-glide® bearings for a broad range of products such as spray boom guides, box rotators, hinges of harvesting equipment and wheel kingpins.
Though not farm equipment, but facing exactly the same challenges is the equipment of sugar mills. D-glide® bushings survive the harsh conditions in shredders without chewing up the (stainless) pins. The crushing roller mill blocks can be fitted with D-glide® to make them much less dependent on the thick oil used to lubricate them. An on-site refurbishable design is available and the best mechanical drive shaft couplings now have D-glide® bearings to enhance their quality even further.