I’m getting dropouts cut by sendcutsend and I figured I’d go stainless and leave them unpainted. They offer both 304 and 316 options for stainless plate. 316 is superior in strength and is only a couple dollars more for what I’m doing.
Are there any reasons I should go with 304?
I’ve been using Weldmold 880 - anything I should be aware of when I weld the 4130 stays to the stainless dropouts?
As a side note, getting the dropouts made from 304 stainless is cheaper than 4130. I always assumed stainless would be more expensive.
For the sliding dropouts stainless is nice. Since there won’t be any paint on the mating surfaces.
But interesting thing about 4130 dropouts, we generally assume it is being used in the annealed state (or close to it) after welding. So in that case, mild steel still works just as well.
Without post-welding heat treatment, mild steel and 4130 are effectively the same. Their modulus of elasticity is very close, so in normal use there’s not much difference.
That’s why paragon (and most others) make their machined dropouts from 1018.