KEVLAR, THE same fiber used in bulletproof vests, is now available to the agricultural market to line brakes and clutches in farm machinery. “We are the inventors and manufacturer of the world's only 100% Kevlar fiber composite brake and clutch lining,” says Nick Bade, marketing director of Tribco, a company that has been selling the linings for 25 years to industries outside of ag. “You'll find us on UPS trucks and in smaller applications like wheelchairs. Now we are selling to the ag market because farmers are wanting it for their tractors and harvesters.”
Tribco says Braketex brake linings and Clutchtex clutch linings last three to five times longer than traditional linings made from asbestos, sintered bronze, and molded graphite to help reduce downtime and maintenance cost. The material is designed to work in wet or dry conditions and in heavy-duty farming applications without scratching or scoring rotors and drums. The company stocks replacement brake pads, brake plates, brake bands and clutch plates for most brands of farm equipment. For parts not in stock, the company will reline a used part or fabricate a new replacement part. Price depends on the specific part.