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Old 05-12-2003, 01:37 PM
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I want to have a custom grab handle fabricated. I originally wanted 316 stainless because I knew that it would take a fine polish that wouldn't corrode. The problem is that nobody has it in stock. Is 304 stainless an acceptable alternate?
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Structurally they are very similar, 316 is a little better in corrosive environments, but 304 should be fine. Welding should be kept to a minimum with 304.
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316 is a better material when subjected to high temps. (over approx. 800 F) high stress, or corrosive environment. None of the above should occur with a grab handle.
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Ask for 304L (Low carbon) if they have it. It will be less susceptible to corrosion. Most railings are made out of 304L.
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you can ask for a 3b or a 4b finsh and it will shine like crome with out you polshing it it is done at the mill 304is fine for your grab handel [
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Ok, guys. It looks like the cost is pretty simular. Guess the 304 will be ok then! There apparently is a 304L which is supposed to be more weldable. I'll see what the availability of that is. Sure appreciate the help!
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