Alloy Coating eliminates bushing turns.

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Intended for dozer undercarriages, SC-2 coating combines wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant properties. Extended-Life Undercarriage, featuring coated bushings uses GOPALITE(TM) process, which produces water-based slurry from heavy alloy-metal powder and several organic additives. Slurry formula suspends alloy powder and is used to apply coating to part surface, producing coating that is uniform in thickness and consistency.

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John Deere Metallurgical Breakthrough Eliminates Bushing Turns

MOLINE, Ill. (May 23, 2005)--SC-2, a new alloy coating for dozer undercarriages from John Deere, provides the best combination of hardness, toughness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance properties of any coating on the market. In fact, SC-2 is so durable that an undercarriage featuring SC-2 coated bushings doesn't need bushing turns to hold up over the long term.

SC-2 coated bushings are compatible with existing John Deere undercarriage designs, and will fit many other brands of dozers, as well, according to Tim Wodrich, undercarriage engineering supervisor. "The new SC-2 metallurgy is a giant step forward in the field of undercarriage design--it delivers twice the wear life over standard bushings," said Wodrich. "SC-2 will take a huge bite out of downtime, now that turning bushings is no longer necessary."

The John Deere SC-2 Extended-Life Undercarriage features coated bushings that are the result of a patented process called GOPALITETM developed by John Deere Senior Staff Metallurgist Dr. Gopal Revankar. The process produces a water-based slurry from a heavy alloy-metal powder and several organic additives. The slurry formula suspends the alloy powder and is used to apply the coating to the part surface, producing a coating that's uniform in both thickness and consistency. The ingredients and techniques used greatly reduce the slurry coating's susceptibility to breaking when subjected to high impact.

"Our new process uses a much higher temperature than is typical, along with special atmospheres. This gives parts superior wear characteristics compared to chrome plating--and, like chrome plating, SC-2 is corrosion resistant," said Revankar. "The process also is much more environmentally friendly than chrome plating--it doesn't emit all the caustic carcinogenic vapors that the EPA frowns on."

Intensive laboratory tests prove conclusively that SC-2 coating is 25 percent harder than chrome plating, according to Revankar. SC-2 coated steel held up four times better than parts not protected by SC-2 in a sand abrasion test. A brutal impact test also was performed in which a 220-pound weight was dropped 500 times on an SC-2 coated bushing from a height of 30 inches and the coating remained undamaged. In another lab test, an SC-2 coated bushing was fractured in a hydraulic press and the coating stayed fused to the steel.

The coating also has been tested in the field for the past three years, running on dozers that work year-round with high-impact loads in extremely abrasive soil conditions, including fine sand. Each dozer had one chain with SC-2 coated bushings, and the other chain was equipped with normal production bushings.

"In each dozer, the SC-2 coated bushings showed more than 100 percent improvement in wear life over the production bushings," said Wodrich. "This coating can take the severest pounding an undercarriage application can dish out."

About John Deere: John Deere (Deere & Company-NYSE:DE) is the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural and forestry equipment; a major manufacturer of construction equipment; and a leading supplier of equipment used in lawn, grounds and turf care. Additionally, John Deere manufactures engines used in heavy equipment and provides financial services and other related activities that support the core businesses. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has established a heritage of quality products and services providing performance that endures to customers worldwide.

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