* It minimizes downtime to replace worn or broken components (especially considering that hard-surfaced parts can last up to 300 percent longer than non-surfaced ones).
Typically, carbon or low alloy steels are the most often hard-surfaced materials, but pre- or post-heat treatment or stress relieving may be required on these parts to prevent cracking, particularly if the equipment has a high carbon or alloy content.
NEW YORK-As consumers increasingly replace wall-to-wall carpeting with hard-surfaced flooring, vac makers are responding with more bare-floor cleaners.
More importantly, cleaners introduced this year that are designed for use on hard-surfaced floors cross most vac segments, including uprights, canisters and sticks.
Additionally, retailers are experiencing success with products that are specifically designed to clean tile, sealed hardwood and other hard-surfaced flooring.