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cylinder piston finish

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Why does JD use a chrome coating on their backhoe cylinders, whereas the FEL cylinders have the black nitride finish?
From what I've read, seems like the non-chrome finishes are generally considered to be superior.
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I was first introduced to "nitride"coating when reading about the factory sponsored motocross dirt bike riding superstars ,years ago. These ,no expense spared, "factory works" bikes were all set up using the nitride finish on the front hydraulic fork tubes/suspension and rear shock....and a whole lot of titanium too.
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