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Specializing in wear resistant, industrial and construction steels. Also extensive background in welding cast iron, stainless steel and nickel based steels. Welding problems except code issues.

Experience in the area

Since 1993 I have worked as a technical salesman in wear resistant steel applications and specialty welding solutions for Wisconsin and Northern Michigan.




Pit and Quarry Magazine, Jan 2014 - 'Wear Steel'. How to select the longest lasting wear resistant steel before writing a purchase order. Portable Plant & Equipment, September 2013 - 'Wear Steel'. Sister magazine to Pit and Quarry - same article. Recycling Today Magazine, August 2009 - "Wear On". Article compares Manganese Steel to Alloy Steel replacement shredder repair parts. Author of "40 Cast Iron Welding Secrets That Welding Shops Don't Want You To Know". Website:


Guest instructor at Fox Valley Tech College, Appleton WI, welding program. MSHA certified welding safety instructor.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

After more than 20 years working with wear resistant materials and specialty welding applications, I continue to learn. If you are not continually learning, you are just taking up space.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Most people select wear resistant, or AR400 steel based on hardness or price. There is much more to it than that, and you can determine it BEFORE you write a purchase order. Check out for more information.

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Recent Answers from Rich Fercy

2014-12-26 Aluminium:

Lee,    The fast answer is no - there is no connection between heat and scratches.    The scratches are only caused by abrasion of a harder object against the softer aluminum case.  Heat has nothing to

2013-05-23 Hardness to tensile conversion:

As you pointed out, Brinell hardness does seem to have a direct relationship with strength.  I am not aware of a definitive 'conversion chart' as such.     The main reason is the strength of steel is determined

2013-04-03 stainless steel, MIG shield gas, Argon, Helium, CO2, :

I have included this information on different shielding gases and where they are used.  It also includes some benefits and drawbacks as well.  Exactly which gas should be used in your process would require

2013-04-02 stainless steel:

I will respond using American designations.  I trust this will assist.    Common stainless steels such as 304 and 316 including the L versions, have an 18-8 ratio.  18% Chromium and 8% Nickel.  The 'L'

2013-02-19 Corrosion of stainless steel:

Hello Dave and thanks for the question.    You are correct that there are a great many factors involved with determining what stainless steels can withstand.  While you are no doubt looking for a simple


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