Stainless Steel 304

Grade 304 stainless steel is the standard “18/8” stainless, and is the most widely used and versatile grade of stainless steel available. This grade is widely available in the broadest range of products, finishes, and forms than any other grade, and has very good welding and forming characteristics.

This grade is dominant in the manufacture of drawn stainless steel part and products, like hollow-ware, saucepans, and sinks, and is easier for stainless steel fabricators to work with. It can be readily break or roll formed into many different components for applications in transportation, architectural, and industrial fields.

Consumers can also order Grade 304L stainless steel sheet metal, which is the low carbon version of 304, and does not require post-weld annealing. This is extensively used in heavy gauge components that are over 6 mm. Grade 304H is higher in carbon content, and can find applications at higher temperatures. This particular grade has superior toughness to other grades.

Grade 304 has excellent corrosion resistance, and is heat-resistant up to very high Celsius temperatures. It also has great weld-ability, and can be machined relatively easily. An improved machinability version is also available in bar products.

Customers looking for stainless steel sheets should consider all comparable grads before making their selection. Different grades are ideal for different purposes, and while grade 304 is great for many different applications, and is durable and versatile, other grades may be optimal for certain applications.

If you want an expert opinion when making your decision, call 507-834-6915, extension 523, to speak to a Starland Metals representative.


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