Expert Advice

Chromium carbide or Hardox?

June 21 2021

For snow blowers, the job is never easy. They’re used in extreme weather conditions, and some wear parts are in very high demand. Most snow blowers on the market are made only of mild steel, even though many techniques have been developed to prevent steel from wearing out too quickly. At Larue, we have a secret recipe to protect against premature wear: chromium carbide. It’s a robust alternative to Hardox® steel. Chromium carbide are more resistant to abrasions and requires less maintenance. In certain conditions, it can last up to five times longer than regular steel. This material is composed of a sheet of steel, covered with chromium carbide on one side.

If one of these two parts breaks or wears down too quickly, the whole machine is rendered useless. Some snow blower parts can be made from chromium carbide to prolong their service life:


The internal chamber of the snow blower. It takes the full brunt of any debris buried in the snow, such as ice or rocks.


In two or three sections depending on the model, it must throw the snow in a single, precise stream.

At Larue, the ratio of machines sold to a number of replacement parts sold is absurdly high. This ratio has grown even higher since we started offering chromium carbide. The reason is simple: our blowers don’t break! Chromium carbide is more expensive than standard Hardox® steel. However, since it wears down very slowly, chromium carbide saves costs in repairs and replacement parts.

You’re interested in chromium carbide durability?

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