Sharq P300 extends grader blade life by up to 200 per cent

A new Swedish-made grader blade system increases grading efficiency by up to 35 per cent, and blade life by up to 200 per cent, while reducing cabin vibration and noise.

Those who spend long hours grading dirt roads using traditional grader blades will be all-too familiar with how exhausting it can be.

Relentless vibration and noise as you wrestle with the machine takes its toll, mentally and physically, while damaged blades require a workshop and two people to replace.

However, the Swedish-made Sharq Grader Blade System changes all that, making the operator’s life easier, giving them more control and boasting a large range of cutting blades for all road conditions.

Sharq P300 in a nutshell:

  • Improved operator environment – quieter, smoother, more control.
  • 55 to 70-degree cutting angle and premium Swedish steel
  • Cut corrugations like a razor blade instead of dragging dirt
  • Up to 200 per cent increase in grader blade life
  • Reduced fuel consumption and pollution
  • Reduced wear on the grader and tyres
  • Quick and easy solo roadside blade changes

“There is a massive difference in the performance of normal graders blades versus Sharq,” according to Cutting Edge’s Product Support Representative, Jeffrey Swan.

“It is immediately noticeable in the cabin. There’s less shake and shudder, it’s quieter and you have more control,” he said, adding that operators can also run in a higher gear and lower RPM.

“For example, you can comfortably change from third gear at 4000 RPM into fourth gear at 2000 RPM. It really is a lot more comfortable.”

This reduces the toll on both operator and machine, translating to a 20 to 35 per cent cost saving in fuel consumption and emissions in tests, as well as extended life on the grader’s slue ring, gears, tyres and mouldboard. This is because of the little to no down pressure needed, relieving stress on the machine.

Other benefits come from improved output, including being able to grade faster and reducing the number of passes required.

Less shudder. Less noise. More control:

The Sharq P300 uses four blades that are far thinner than a normal grader blade and by tilting the edge back to a maximum of 55 degrees, then tilting forward to a 70-degree angle to the road will sharpen the blades.

“That’s the sweet spot. At that angle you can maintain a sharp cutting edge allowing it to penetrate your material like a razor blade. Instead of dragging the dirt and pushing it to the side Sharq actually cuts through corrugations and wheel ruts in less passes” Jeff said.

“This means less downward pressure, so the machine doesn’t need to work as hard, while in the cabin there is less shudder, less noise and more control.”

“This enables operators to grade right into the shoulders of the road, while you can even cut out potholes.”

Long Lasting: Swedish steel. Intelligent design

Sharq P300 grader blades have a hardness rating of 600 Brinell, which is more than double the 280 Brinell rating of traditional high carbon blades, according to Jeff.

“They are made in a Swedish factory from Swedish steel with particular attention to quality.”

“With a traditional blade, if you hit a big rock and it snaps, you may as well throw that grader blade away and drive back to the workshop to replace it. But Sharq will not snap, crack or break,” he said, adding that its intelligent design also adds to the lifespan.

“The crown of the road causes the most wear on grader blades, however Sharq’s four blades can be easily rotated to ensure even wear across all edges.”

“You can flip them left to right, top and bottom and inside to outside. We recommend rotating them once a week and with normal use they will last 30 to 40 days compared to a traditional blade lasting around six days on average,” Jeff said, adding that Sharq has a Blade for all road surfaces and conditions.

Simple roadside changes:

With P300 blades weighing around 14.5kg each and no need for nuts or bolts, a set of four Sharq blades can be installed or rotated by one person on the side of the road in around 15 minutes.

Compare this to having two people spending 40 minutes to fit traditional blades or having to travel back to your workshop for new blades to be fitted.

“Sharq really does offer huge benefits to drivers. They are more comfortable, safer, have more control and are more efficient,” Jeff said.