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Old Tue 23 October 2012, 11:51
Just call me: eddies-customs
x & Y rails from stainless steel????

Just a tought, can i build X & Y rails from stainless steel angle iron?
and the v groove wheels also from stainless steel
it,s harder than normal steel what is youre opinion on it?

greetings Eddie
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Old Tue 23 October 2012, 18:43
Just call me: Russell #69
Mobile, Alabama
United States of America
I think you should save your money and go with Mild Steel. The amount you will save will be better spent somewhere else. Also Stainless isnt always harder than mild steel. Its a matter what what kind you get. You should look up Rockwell Hardness (industrial standard) to figure out what will work in our application.

Also dont forget that you have to cut and grind these rails. No small feat even with mild steel.
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Old Tue 23 October 2012, 23:31
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
Cape Town
South Africa
There are many different types of stainless steel and there are big differences in hardness. The cheaper 304 is easy to work with, but I don't think it will really be better than mild steel.
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Old Mon 29 October 2012, 16:22
Just call me: Leo #41
Soddy Daisy , Tn
United States of America
Carbon will be around .45 cents per pound SS 304 $1.95 per pound. Would not be worth the trade. It would look nice and you would save a little on paint.
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