I have made the ugliest carbides on the market since I introduced my first ones for 1992. The packaging card read " The Best of Both Worlds". I have used silver paint since 1976 on my hardsurfaced rods and it became kind of a trademark, so I used it on my carbides. Silver paint makes every detail standout making defects easier to see. On the other hand, black paint hides every detail making it hard to see defects. Since wear rods bolt onto the bottom of the skis, being pretty has never been a priority.
My priorities have always focused on function! The alloy I use is difficult to work with so the deposit never looks pretty. I would have to use a less durable alloy, like my competitors, to make it prettier. Making the most durable wear rods on the market has never been cheap. To save on expenses I do not remove the weld or braze residue or the excess braze material. I made my own paint system that lets me paint lots of rods fast and easy without the expense of a conveyor spray system. It is not perfect but it does save money. I also built a bolt welding machine that works well but it does give my bolts a different look.
I had been tossing "Good-and-Ugly" around for a while. Making fun of the obvious made me smile, but I was not sure how snowmobilers would respond. Then in the Fall of 1998 at the Novi, MI show this young guy was commenting how my carbides looked like I made them in my garage. At that point a snowmobiler leaned through the crowd and said " They may be ugly but they sure are good!" That was that!
Snowmobilers can decide if they want "Good-n-Ugly" or Pretty fair carbides.
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