Wear Pad History

 The 1971 carbide wear rod patent had tapered wear pads.

A simple lesson Woody's has yet to fully apply:
Blunt end carbide builds up resistance that your track has to overcome, generating a need for studs.
 Carbide with a blunt front end catches on edges.

120 Degree Wear Pad
Blunt end
1 1/2"


Flat Wear Pad
Blunt End
1 1/2"


Flat Wear Pad
Blunt End
1 1/4"

Rounded Wear Pad
Blunt End
1 1/4"

Wear Pads
Rounded On The Sides
Blunt End
1 1/2"


Woody's 1997 literature


All Woody's carbide runners feature carbide wear pads with a new rounded surface. We found that a rounded surface is less likely to catch an edge on the trail or on your trailer. Most manufacturers are using the old flat style with sharp square edges (if they even have wear pads).

They must load their sleds sideways onto the trailer.

It's obvious rounded sides are of no use when the sled is going straight.

Woody's is the last manufacturer to use blunt ended carbides.


Since the carbide wear rod patent had tapered ends on the carbide, 
is it possible these blunt ends WERE used to generate stud sales?

 Woody's model history  Woody's host bar channel history  Woody's turning carbide history
Woody's advertising history  Wear pads - never had them!  Typical carbide rod wear patterns
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