• Weldable;
  • Offers full point protection;
  • Similar resistance to wear as standard tungsten carbide;
  • Excellent impact strength;
  • Superior resistance to chipping; and
  • Farmer-friendly and easy to cut.

Ferobide protection in action on test on a sub-soiler. Photo courtesy of Plowman Brothers, York

*Ferobide protection in action on test on a sub-soiler. Photo courtesy of Plowman Brothers, York

A new, hard-wearing material that is set to revolutionise the way arable farmers maintain their cultivation equipment has been launched by its UK-based manufacturer. Innovative Ferobide, developed and produced by Tenmat Limited at its Manchester factory, has all the benefits of tungsten carbide, but none of the drawbacks. One of Ferobide’s main advantages is that it can be cut and welded on-farm using standard workshop equipment.

Unlike traditional tungsten carbide materials, Ferobide uses a unique reinforced steel matrix to bond the hard tungsten carbide particles together. This gives added toughness, but more importantly allows the product to be welded using standard methods.

The ability to cut Ferobide is not due to it being less hard than other materials; the tiles simply need to be scored with a slitting wheel and then, using a controlled hammer blow with the tile in a vice, can be sheared along the score line.

Ferobide - Initial Score Lines

*Initial score lines cut into Ferobide using standard cutting wheels.

The tiles pictured above can subsequently be sheared along the score lines, ready to be welded onto a point. The wear resistance of Ferobide is similar to that of standard tungsten carbides, but its novel ability to be welded now yields a secure attachment to the steel base material. Designed for high strength, Ferobide enjoys extra toughness which greatly reduces chipping – the common disadvantage with other tungsten carbide materials.

Column 1FerobideTungsten carbide
Attachment to steelReadily welded with standard equipmentCan only be brazed by specialists
Impact resistanceHighly resistant to chipping and breakageLow; readily chipped
CuttingReadily achieved with a standard cutting wheel and basic toolsExpensive and highly specialised
DelaminationWelded joints are significantly stronger than brazed jointsBraze can fail and the tile lost

Highly Innovative
As with most industry-changing developments, there is a highly innovative and progressive company behind Ferobide’s development. Tenmat is one of the UK’s most successful developers and manufacturers of state-of-the-art materials.

Since 2012 Tenmat’s dedication to quality has twice been recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award; for Innovation, and for International Enterprise. Development and manufacture using carefully sourced raw materials takes place at the company’s Manchester plant, where 250 people make some of the world’s most exciting materials – including components for space rockets, supercars and submarines.

Tenmat HQ Manchester

*Trafford Park: home to Tenmat Ltd. for more than 100 years.

Extensive research undertaken at the Tenmat laboratory, alongside long term field trials covering several thousand acres, has optimised the wear resistance and toughness of Ferobide. The material is being specially developed to solve the needs of the farming industry regarding extension of wear life of all soil-engaging parts.

Tenmat has further added the breakthrough that the material can be cut and welded using basic workshop equipment.

One Ferobide to Tackle Different Soils and Solve Diverse Wear Issues

No two soil types are the same, and each produces different wear issues. When expensive tungsten carbide points are bought, they can only offer a relative compromise of wear resistance across a number soil types; however, only the farmer fully understands how and where the wear occurs on his points due to his own soil when using his cultivation methods.

The ease of application of Ferobide tiles means they can be readily welded in position to suit exactly how a component is wearing to optimise results.

Of course, it should be noted that – like all tungsten carbides – Ferobide is not an inexpensive material. It should only be fitted by an experienced welder, and it is important to ensure that the welds are placed in such a way that they are protected from exposure to abrasive soil and avoid being worn out which leads to loss of tile.

Ferobide Successes in Application
Agricultural cultivation equipment needs to work faster, longer and more efficiently than ever before to minimise downtime and maximise crop yields.

During the past decade, tungsten carbide wear parts have been shown to be unrivalled when it comes to wear resistance and maintenance of the critical wear part profiles needed to optimise crop establishment, however tungsten carbide has a number of real problems that Ferobide has now solved.

Consequently, a number of machinery manufacturers are already using Ferobide to prolong the component life and maintain optimum profiles, so it is worth asking for the Ferobide option.

Bespoke Solutions
Tenmat specialises in bespoke components machined to customer requirements. The company is proud to offer a fully tailored service to its customers, and as such, Tenmat is in the enviable position of being able to manufacture chip-resistant wear protection to your needs. The company regularly supplies free samples of new Ferobide tiles upon request from potential customers suffering from difficulties faced due to inferior wear protection.

We always welcome our customers to request samples and decide for themselves that Ferobide is indeed the innovative material to solve their wear issues.
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