The difference between grade 304 vs 430 stainless steel.

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304 grade. 304 grade stainless steel is the best quality  stainless your are likely to find in a domestic and catering
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304 grade. 304-grade stainless steel is the best quality stainless you are likely to find in a domestic and catering industries. If you live in a marine environment, close to the coast, or if you plan to leave your benches uncovered in the elements (but want equipment that will last indefinitely), you need to select an equipment made from 304 grade stainless. You will pay more, but if you opt for anything less, expect to replace your equipment in a few years. Generally speaking, if a manufacturer is used 304 grade, they are going to tell you as it’s something to be proud of. 430 grade. 430-grade stainless steel is the most commonly used grade as (no surprises), it is the cheapest. If a manufacturer doesn’t promote what stainless they are using, they are more than likely using 430 grade. Likewise, if you are looking at a stainless equipment that is retailing for under $1000, you can pretty well assume it’s made from 430.

430 grade stainless steel equipment look great on the showroom floor. In fact, it’s hard to tell them apart from their more expensive neighbours. But take one home and leave it in the elements for a while and you will certainly see the difference. Due to it’s lower Chromium content, 430 does not have a high corrosion resistant and so is much more likely to rust. Eventually, this rust will effect the structural integrity of your equipment and (you guessed it), it’s time for a new bench.
 
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