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Rod Holders

Rod holders (sometimes called rod beds) are used to evenly support the metering rod across the entire face width of the web during the coating process. Without support across its entire length, the metering rod would not remain straight during operation and it would be impossible to maintain a consistent coating weight across
the width of the web.

Buschman rod holders are used in paper mills all over the world, in all types of coating machines. We offer the longest lasting, best fitting metering rod holders in the industry for every coating application and machine type.

The stability, durability, and quality of Buschman rod holders is unmatched. We are the only metering rod manufacturer in the world that manufactures our own Hot Cast Polyurethane (PU) rod holders and UHMW Polyethylene (PE) rod holders in our own facility under one roof. We have the unique capability to control ALL aspects of production and quality to deliver the precision required from today’s papermaking industry.

Our proprietary in-house manufacturing and machining process produces rod holders and rod beds that give the metering rod a more uniform and consistent fit along the entire length of the holder. Our rod holders reduce rod vibration, increase rod and holder life, and promote a more uniform coating.

Buschman can engineer and manufacture custom rod holders to your exact specifications. We can also manufacture standard rod holders for any machine, including but not limited to:

  • Valmet (Metso)
  • Voith
  • Jagenberg
  • BMB
  • Beloit
  • Black Clawson
  • Michelman
  • Kohler
  • M-Chemicals
  • Others

Buschman rod holders are available in UHMW Polyethylene and Hot Cast Polyurethane. Some of the material differences include:

Hot Cast Polyurethane (PU)UHMW Polyethylene (PE)
Available in lengths up to 11.58 meters (456’)Available in lengths up to 11.58 meters (456’)
Casting provides a high level of consistency and accuracy between ordersPrecision machining allows for nearly infinite customization to the holder profile
Soft rod cradle conforms to the threads to create a seal and prevent leakageHarder rod cradle can act as a scraper blade, keeping the rod cleaner in operation - especially for smooth rods
Softer material minimizes vibrationHarder material is rigid, offering a lower coefficient of friction over traditional PU material
Available with antifriction additives which offer superior wear characteristics over traditional PU 
  • Polyethylene Rod Holders

    Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, our UHMW polyethylene rod holders are manufactured in-house with precision, consistency, and quality from end to end. All Buschman rod holders are fully customized to your needs.

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  • Polyurethane Rod Holders

    Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and multiple hardness and impact resistance levels, our hot cast polyurethane is manufactured in-house with precision, consistency, and quality from end to end. All Buschman rod holders are fully customized to your needs.

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How to Order

Our engineering team will work with you to customize long-lasting metering rods for your application. Call us or use our online form to request a quote.

Call us at +1 216 431 6633


The Supplier of Choice for Coating Rods

“The quality of Buschman’s products is excellent. In the ten years we’ve been purchasing coating rods from them, we’ve had maybe two or three issues and they are minor issues. For the number of coating rods we purchase, that’s incredible. Their quality has been so high and they work so well with us that we don’t even consider looking at other vendors for our coating rod needs.”

Purchasing Manager
Leading Packaging Paper Producer in Southern US

Consistent Quality

“Consistent quality is the number one requirement for me and that’s what Buschman delivers.”

Senior Manager
Multinational Paper Mill in Australia

Going Above & Beyond for Customers

“We’ve used Buschman for well over ten years. Buschman goes above and beyond: The quality of materials, the finished goods, the on-time deliveries. They go out of their way to get us the product we need.”

Coating Manager
Large Converter in Northern US

Trusted for Superior Quality & Service

“The number one reason we work with Buschman is the product quality. The second reason is service. If we are running low on product, they’ll turn the world upside down to get us what we need. Buschman delivers product performance and customer service.”

Coated Products Manager
Prominent Packaging Paper Producer in Northern US

Buschman Delivers Consistent Quality

“It’s all about the quality of the rod we’re using to meter the product onto the paper. Without the proper rod application, your coating isn’t going to lay properly. Buschman has a quality product that performs the way it’s supposed to and they get it to us when we need it. They consistently meet all our expectations.”

Coated Products Manager
International Packaging Paper Producer

Top Ratings for Quality Products & Service

“Since we’ve opened the doors here, we’ve worked and had a great partnership with Buschman. They are a very highly reputable company and we’re proof of that as a happy customer. We have a lot of trust and faith in Buschman, so we just give them gold stars.”

Production Manager
Large Multinational Packaging Paper Plant

Quality, Performance & Responsiveness

“Buschman’s service is outstanding. You don’t find that anymore. If we need something custom tweaked through Buschman, they’re more than willing to sit down with us and do so. They have quality, performance, and great delivery time and they’re very responsive to our needs. They go above and beyond. They’re first class.”

Coating Manager
Leading U.S. Packaging Paper Plant