Why Wastequip® Brands Use Hardox® Steel

February 23, 2022

Tough Enough for Your Most Demanding Jobs

A number of the equipment manufacturers in the Wastequip® family of brands — including Amrep® and Wastequip — incorporate genuine Hardox® wear plate steel into select items in their lines of built-to-last waste industry products. For example, all of the trucks in the Amrep lineup use Hardox in their entire body shell — a first among garbage truck body manufacturers in North America. And the RockBox™ roll-off container manufactured by Wastequip is built with Hardox as opposed to mild steel, giving it superior strength characteristics.

Hardox is a hard, tough steel that resists wear, extends the life of the equipment, and saves money over the long haul through durability and, when applicable, even increased fuel economy. Here’s a look at why Hardox beats regular steel every time. 

First, What's Wrong With Regular Steel?

Amrep is no newbie when it comes to building refuse truck bodies that can take a beating. If there’s one thing the company has learned over time, it’s that better materials make better, longer-lasting trucks. Likewise, Wastequip’s RockBox roll-off containers, which serve markets for which strength and long life are critical, are built to hold up in the most abusive of environments and to resist the damage that can be caused by construction debris, heavy metal, and any type of piercing material.

So when these and other Wastequip brands choose materials for the equipment they build, they do so with durability and serviceability in mind. Regular steel provides excellent serviceability, but the durability simply can’t compare with Hardox wear plate steel in terms of resistance to abrasion, denting, and cracking.


What is Hardox? And Why Is Hardox Wear Plate Steel So Tough?

Hardox wear plate is a steel that combines toughness with high hardness, and it’s the world's leading abrasion-resistant (AR) steel. Hardox is hard through and through, from the surface to deep down in its core, offering extended service life and high productivity in the most challenging environments. The superior toughness of Hardox comes from its high purity, which gives it extreme resistance to cracking and makes Hardox capable of withstanding abusive conditions. 


WATCH: Hardox steel 'RockBox' durability test versus traditional steel containers


Tough and Efficient - Hardox and Wastequip Brands Make a Great Pairing

Hardox wear plate extends the useful life of truck bodies, roll-off containers and other waste-industry equipment by increasing their resistance to blows and dents — which is especially critical for vehicles like garbage trucks and other waste-industry tools like roll-off containers, all of which must regularly operate in harsh conditions.

Hardox wear plate also allows for innovative truck designs, as it can increase load-carrying capacity without raising gross vehicle weight. By eliminating the need for some reinforcement, trucks built with this revolutionary material may also use less fuel. In Wastequip’s RockBox roll-off containers, Hardox’s lighter weight allows users to maximize their payloads, increasing efficiency on the jobsite.

Amrep truck bodies are built using Hardox 450 wear plate steel, which has a guaranteed hardness range of 425 – 475 HBW (Hardness Brinell Wolfram carbide), with a nominal hardness of 450 HBW. Hardox 450 is also used in RockBox roll-off containers. With an extra 50 Brinell hardness over our Hardox 400, Hardox 450 combines good bendability and weldability, provides better dent and abrasion resistance, and delivers a longer wear life. 

Extreme wear resistance is also a strategic business factor. When you extend the service life of your equipment, both your productivity and your savings grow. 

The Hardox In My Body Sign of Quality

Wastequip and Amrep are members of Hardox In My Body, a quality-assurance program for manufacturers that use genuine Hardox wear plate to make high-performance steel products, all while meeting strict design and production standards.

Only equipment makers that have been carefully vetted and whose designs have been certified by the manufacturer of Hardox wear plate can wear the sign of quality as a member of the Hardox In My Body program. Amrep is among the first refuse truck makers in North America to be certified to use the premium steel in the entire body shell. And Wastequip’s RockBox roll-off containers are among the few containers on the market to incorporate Hardox, resulting in fewer repairs and a lighter container weight.

The Hardox In My Body sign represents equipment that is manufactured to the highest standards by a qualified Hardox In My Body member. Beyond roll-off containers and refuse and recycling truck bodies, members build products that serve a wide range of tough-on-equipment industries, like mining, construction, quarrying, road building, demolition, and agriculture. 

When you see the Hardox In My Body sign of quality on your Amrep truck body or your RockBox roll-off container, you can be sure you’re getting superior equipment made from Hardox wear plate steel. This sign guarantees that the steel is of the highest quality and offers the greatest degree of toughness and resistance to wear and cracking. This means that your equipment will wear better, last longer, and offer higher resale value.

The entire Wastequip family of brands is committed to producing the highest-quality, toughest, longest-lasting, and best return-on-investment equipment on the market. Using the best materials available, like Hardox wear plate, is part of that commitment. 


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About Wastequip
Wastequip is the leading North American manufacturer of waste handling equipment, with an international network of manufacturing facilities and the most extensive dealer network in the industry. Wastequip’s broad range of waste and recycling equipment, trucks and systems is used to collect, process and transport recyclables, solid waste, liquid waste and organics. The company’s brands include Wastequip, Wastequip WRX™, Amrep®, Wastebuilt®, Toter®, Galbreath®, Pioneer™, Mountain Tarp®, ContainerPros®, wasteware™, ConFab®, and Accurate™. For more information, visit www.wastequip.com.

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