You asked. We deliver! Forges de Niaux offers a longer life, stay-sharp blade with a hub, bearing and rivets that hold up! 30 – 40% more wear life than competing openers. The Forges de Niaux takes it to the next level with a unique steel and special heat-treat process. Same dimensions as OEM. Uses Peer double-row larger 205 bearings, whereas OEM and other aftermarket are double-row 204 bearings (smaller diameter). They also use 5/16″ rivets instead of 1/4″. Great blade for Pre-XP and Kinze even without the larger bearing.
And, finally, the stamped hub is finish-machined, unlike any other brand. The finish machining creates a very precise fit. The bearing is never loose in the hub, nor too tight (which shortens bearing life). The order of the finish machining (rivet holes after the centerline is established), ensures everything is exactly centered so the bearing doesn’t fail prematurely from misalignment.
The Niaux 205 and 204 blades stay sharp longer. But the additional wear life on the Niaux 200s doesn’t impair their toughness, because the extra hardening occurs only on the outermost inch or so (also, they use a different steel to handle the additional hardening—it’s not the usual 15B30 steel that all the other blades are made from).
“I was pleased with the blades. They didn’t get the blunt edge like competitor blades tend to, which of course is great for performance. I will continue to use them.”
“Your Ingersoll blades were 1/8″ larger diameter than JD [Osmundson] blades after one season on the same drill.”
“We were very pleased with the Ingersoll blades! They seem to wear much better & starting out with sharp blades is a great help—No hair pinning. The last blades we bought from John Deere were terrible. They were dull & didn’t wear well.”
“We had JD, Ingersoll, and Argis blades on an 1850. The blade that wore the most—was the smallest in diameter—was the JD [Osmundson] blade, followed by Argis. The Ingersoll blade was the largest in diameter.” [statement circa 2014]