Welcome to this forum
I do like your product very much, but I have a paver driveway. Hence I prefer non abrasive skids.
In a perfect world, since your general design is perfect, one could simply take one (or two if L&R) of your metal shoes as a pattern and simply cast it in a hard non abrasive plastic like nylon? I'm not a plastics engineer but some sports cars have sway bar bushings cast out of phenolic resin which are extremely tough.
I read that phenolic resin is easily machined so for small runs one could simply chuck a resin block in a CNC mill and come back later and have a skid made. I read that phenolic resin can be brittle. Perhaps not best material for cold weather applications?
Someone in the plastics industry may want to make small changes so the product might cast better. And I don't know about per item cost and minimum quantity.
In an imperfect world someone might do that to you. I would consider that dishonest, but I could see why someone might want a product like that for their own use.
Someone somewhere would know what to make them out of and do it inexpensively. In the mining industry we were able to line chutes with plastic sheets to protect steel from abrasive material.
I volunteer to test market, (smile)
It is possible that a plastic skid might cost less, weigh less, wear better and be non abrasive.
And I wish you all the luck in the world. Welcome to this forum. And if my idea does not work out for any reason, thank you anyway for listening.
Last edited by Buford; 12-21-2011 at 10:19 AM.