Hardox® 500 Tuf wear steel lightens every load for dump truck body manufacturer IWS
September 14, 2020 6 min read
Industrial Welding Supply is a leading Colorado truck and trailer supplier featuring dump truck bodies and trucks built-to-order for a growing US market. As an early adopter of SSAB’s new wear-resistant steel grade Hardox® 500 Tuf, IWS will transition all its Hardox® In My Body certified products to the new material, giving customers lighter vehicles with higher payloads, safer operation and an even longer service life.
Hardox® 500 Tuf is an abrasion-resistant (AR) steel and a perfect fit for high-performance dump truck bodies. Hardox® 500 Tuf is the first 500 Brinell (HBW) wear plate with properties on a par with structural steel. It delivers high strength, extreme hardness and guaranteed toughness in a single wear plate. While improving dent protection, the material also offers a 70-100% longer service life compared to conventional 400 HBW AR steel.
“As soon as my customers hear the benefits of Hardox® 500 Tuf, they don’t want it as an option, they want it standard. The weight savings alone grab their attention, and then there’s the longer service life,” says JD Stone, IWS Vice President and General Manager. “These trucks are workhorses and must be able to take a beating over time, and now that we’ve transitioned fully to the new material, we only deliver the upgraded version.”