A new sweep with 5/16” Max Life Carbide Edge.  University testing and four years of field tests at higher speeds have proven the Max Life Carbide Edge will extend the useful life of your sweeps up to 300% or more depending on your field conditions, tillage speed, and depth.

Plow Sweep

  • 200,000 Units in the Field
  • 100% Positive Feedback
  • Ideal for Wheel Track and Front Row Use
  • Up to 300% or More Life Extension with Little or NO Downtime
  • Better Seed Bed Preparation
  • Greater Weed Control
  • Best Life Extension Application on the Market




The photo below compares the Max Life Carbide Edge (middle) with a new sweep (left) and an uncoated sweep (right) after 1,450 acres.

Plow Sweep compare

 The above photo shows a sweep with the Max Life Carbide Edge after 2,000+ acres.


7″ USM-BTT Sweep 5/16″ Thick Bolt On

047-PWV-070803 (Max Life Carbide Edge Applied) Sale Price: $20.30

047-PWV-0708 (No Weld/Plain) Sale Price: $14.10

Dealers please call 800-800-1812 for Dealer Pricing

USM BTT Sweep with WeldUSM Btt 7 Inch Sweep





9″ USM-BTT Sweep 1/4″ Thick Bolt On

047-PWV-0904 (Max Life Carbide Edge Applied) Sale Price: $19.20

047-PWV-0900 (No Weld/Plain) Sale Price: $11.75

Dealers please call 800-800-1812 for Dealer Pricing

USM BTT Sweep 9 inch BothUSM BTT 9 inch Sweep Quarter Inch Thick Showing Weld


9″ USM-BTT Sweep 5/16″ Thick Bolt On

047-PWV-09083 (Max Life Carbide Edge Applied) Sale Price: $21.70

047-PWV-0908 (No Weld/Plain) Sale Price: $14.25

Dealers please call 800-800-1812 for Dealer Pricing

 USM BTT 9 inch Thick Showing WeldUSM BTT 9 Inch 5/16 Thick Both

Caden Edge XL Sweep with Shank Weld

Now Available – Caden Edge XL

Caden Edge Carbide Applied to the Sweep Shank for Extra Wear Protection

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Max Life Carbide Edge Application is patented CADEN Edge Technology

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  • USM Wear Technologies – Building Tougher Tillage Tools with Help from Iowa State

    For years, Loran Balvanz’s company has made money selling tougher, longer-lasting equipment to the people who grind garbage and recycling for a living. Now, the same technology may be poised to revolutionize how farmers till fields. Balvanz, president of Eldora-based USM Wear Technologies, has been working for years to bring his company’s patented CADEN Edge […]

  • Carbide-Infused Sweeps Run in the Wheel Track

     Carbide-Infused Sweeps Run in Wheel Tracks – Farm Show Magazine vol 41, No. 3  “The highest wear to field cultivator shovels occurs in the tractor wheel track, so we decided to design a product that would address that problem,” says Loran Balvanz of USM Wear Technologies. “The result is a patent pending field cultivator shovel […]

  • USM Announces Wheel Tracker Tillage Sweep

    ELDORA, IOWA (December 20, 2016) – USM Wear Technologies, LLC (USM Wear Tech) announced a new tillage tool called the  “Wheel Tracker Sweep” with Caden Edge™ Technology that is designed for addressing wheel compaction issues in farming operations.   “We are excited about the shape and effectiveness of our new cultivation sweep called the “Wheel […]

  • USM Wear Tech Announces New Distribution Center

    ELDORA, IOWA (March 3, 2016) – USM Wear Technologies, LLC (USM Wear Tech) is opening a new distribution center located at its Eldora, Iowa facility.  The new Distribution Center will speed up the parts delivery process dramatically. The new Distribution Center will be a key element in creating more shipping capacity and more rapid delivery […]

  • CADEN Edge Technology Featured at 2015 Iowa Power Farming Show

    CADEN Edge is the most advanced and economical hard surface treatment available for tillage parts.  With more than 5 years of testing, CADEN Edge has been proven to increase the life of wear parts by 300% creating huge savings on replacement cost.  CADEN Edge is available on Ripper Points, Sweeps, Harrow Tines and Chisel Points.  […]

  • USM Wear Technologies LLC Joins Agriculture Concepts at 2014 Farm Progress Show

    USM Wear Technologies joined Agriculture Concepts at this years Farm Progress Show held on August 26, 27, and 28 in Boone Iowa showcasing the CADEN Edge.  CADEN Edge, a tungsten carbide edge treatment applied to tillage sweeps and ripper points increases the wear life of ordinary sweeps and ripper points by as much as 300% […]

  • USM Introduces CADEN Technology to New Markets

    USM is pleased to announce we have teamed up with Marion Mixers Inc., to apply our Caden Weld Technology to the paddles used in their horizontal mulch machines...