The examination of the structure and microhardness of surface layer of C90 non-alloy steel and HS 6-5-2 high speed steel after electric arc treatment are presented in the paper. The comparison has been presented due to the similar content of the carbon in both steels. The structure of the remelted zone of the steel C90 before the conventional tempering consists of the cells, dendritic cells surrounded with the cementite, there is a plate martensite and retained austenite inside them, whereas the structure of the steel HS 6-5-2 is consistuted with cells, dendritic cells and dendrites surrounded with the eutectic system, inside of which there is a plate martensite and retained austenite. Such structure is characterized by the similar microhardness (790-800 HV0,065) and intensity of the tribiological wear. The tempering causes the decrease of the microhardness in non-alloy steel and the increase of the microhardness in high speed steel.