Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene
We use this stuff at work and its real tough! I had thought about this as a option as well but hesitated in doing so. I came so close to using this stuff! Here at work , it does wear some but so does everything else around it.
Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene sheet has exceptionally high abrasion and impact resistance properties. It will outwear all other materials, including metals, nylons, urethanes, and fluoroplastics. In corrosion resistance, it has the same qualities of other polyethylenes. The working temp range is from -60 to 200 deg F. Because it resists wear, friction and corrosion, it cuts maintenance costs, energy consumption, and extends equipment life. Its properties include: low coefficient of friction, self-lubrication, non-adherent surface, FDA and USDA concurrence for contact with foods, drugs, etc. Use mechanical fasteners in construction.
My only concern with the uhmw is that it may be tougher then the wear bar???. I would hone/chamfer the corners on the uhmw and keep a close eye on things. Like screw heads, seals and wear bar abrasion.
Do keep us posted please on how it works out.
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