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While the polycarbonate material used in logging equipment windows does a tremendous job of keeping the operator safe and is impact, abrasion and UV resistant; it does wear out over time. Occasionally we see broken windows from extreme impacts with trees, logs etc that require replacement.
Occasionally we see windows that require replacement due to excessive scratching after years of heavy use. Occasionally we see windows that have chemical wear from years of hydraulic oil, brake cleaner and other harsh products.
However, most commonly, we see windows that need to be replaced because of years of degradation in the harsh sun. These windows will exhibit what appear to be small scratches or cracks all throughout, but not on either surface. It is actually crazing on the inside of the material caused by UV rays from the sun. These are all examples of normal wear and tear of polycarbonate windows that lead to needing to be replaced.
We have heard of people trying many products to extend the life of their old windows. If scratches truly are your main problem with your windows, you may try one of the many plastic buffing/polishing compounds. We do not have any that we recommend as we have never tried any at this time. However, as stated in the previous answer, most commonly the degradation is inside of the window, crazing, caused by UV rays from the sun and this cannot be removed or fixed.
Abrasion Resistant (AR) Polycarbonate is expensive compared to general purpose polycarbonate, considerably more expensive. Polycarbonate, although very hard to break, is an extremely soft material that scratches very easily until given an abrasion resistant coating. People occasionally will use general purpose polycarbonate for replacement in their machines to save money. However, they quickly find out that they are not saving money because in 6 months time these new “cheap” windows are worse than the ones they replaced originally. Additionally, many glass shops will claim to have the correct abrasion resistant material and will offer to cut windows for logging equipment. While they sometimes do have the right material, many times they do not understand the differences between general purpose and abrasion resistant. Polycarbonate windows come with protective paper on both sides. That paper will have the words “Abrasion Resistant” or “Mar-Guard” on somewhere if they are the correct material. Look at the pictures below to see the differences.
All machines are different, it depends on how the windows are mounted to the machine. Are they bolted in, glued in, or in a rubber gasket? Window installation time can vary from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
We can make windows for nearly any logging equipment you may own. Skidders, forwarders, harvesters, hotsaws and fellerbunchers, and mulchers. We currently have templates for many different brands including; Cat, Fabtek, John Deere, Ponsse, Komatsu, Valmet, TimberPro, EcoLog, HydroAx, Timberjack, Tree Farmer, Franklin, Prentice, Tiger Cat, Timbco and ASV.
On average you should receive your order within 3-5 business days. However, if it is not in stock or requires more custom fabrication, lead times can be longer.
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Mar/UV-resistant LEXAN™ Margard™ MR10 sheet combines the impact strength of LEXAN™ polycarbonate sheet with a proprietary abrasion/UV resistant surface that approaches glass in performance. LEXAN™ Margard™ MR10 Sheet with Margard™ coating backed by a ten-year limited warranty against yellowing, abrasion resistance, breakage, loss of light transmission, and coating failure.) LEXAN™ Margard™ MR10 sheet's unique coating is graffiti resistant, enabling restoration to a like-new condition. Also, the LEXAN™ Margard™ MR10 sheet offers improved resistance to weathering as well as forced-entry protection. It is an excellent candidate for use in stores, public buildings, schools, bus shelters, and other high traffic areas. Because of its high mar-resistant surface, paint, adhesives, and other materials will not adhere to its surface. The coating is applied to both sides; therefore, it helps eliminate second-surface decoration. LEXAN™ is a registered trademark of SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES.
Resists abrasion & defies graffiti
UV absorbers incorporated in the coating
High light transmission
Compiles with major model building codes
Dade county approved material
Easily maintained without marring, hazing or yellowing
10-year warranty against yellowing & light transmission for qualified dual glazed systems
Temperature range: -40°F to 180°F (up to 220°F short term/no load)