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Appliance cabinet stainless

Appliance cabinet stainless

Appliance cabinet stainless

Can someone tell me the stainless type used on some of the current appliances and, perhaps, the finish spec commonly used?


RE: Appliance cabinet stainless

In the USA domestic appliances use 304 with a rolled-on finish, such as Koolline (Allegheny) or #4 polish. A lot of commercial appliance makers are smarter and use 201 with those finishes. There is some 430 also.

Michael McGuire

RE: Appliance cabinet stainless

What might also be used is one of the newer lean duplex stainless steels such as LDX 2101. Has nearly twice the strength of 304 and is refrigerator-magnet friendly.

RE: Appliance cabinet stainless

These days 201 and 430 make up most of it.  There are special finishes such as Kooline.  Each mill has its own names for special cosmetic finishes.

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RE: Appliance cabinet stainless

Can we agree that the more expensive parts use 304,while others use 201/202 or 430 in extreme cases?

Today I got a lot of scrap material from a reputed manufacturer of furnace parts as 304 and I was shocked to find a mixup with 202!!

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RE: Appliance cabinet stainless

My guess is that most users only know 'magnetic' vs 'non-magnetic' and they don't realize the differences in austenitic alloys.
There has always been a lot of 430 used for this, though 304 has also been very common.

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RE: Appliance cabinet stainless

2101 would be a great choice, as would 2001(19D), if AK would bother to market it. There's nothing wrong with 439, if you keep the C and N low enough. All should have a rolled finish.

Michael McGuire

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