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    Hi all. I have been looking at a new bush hog. Personally, I hate the fact that they look kinda ruff after a couple of years from scratches and rust etc. I do have access to lots of scrap stainless. Would anyone have any ideas in's and out's for building some tractor implements out of stainless steel? Kinda seems like a good idea as to no paint required. No rust! No reprinting. And if it gets scratched up, it's only shinny scratches, not awful scratches that rust up. Anyone have any thoughts?

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    Depends on the stainless that you use...
    It can rust
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    There are also fully galvanized ones available from an outfit in TX.

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    If it is rusting it isnt stainless! Not talking about 3cr12, it is silver but it ain't stainless. I'm talking about 304L, 316L, or 317L. Just about every fab shop I have been to has tons of scrap stainless piled up. I'm sure if you offer them scrap price they will gladly sell some.

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    Stainless = $$$$$$$$, which is why implements aren't made from it unless it's a special purpose gadget.
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    The reason most shops have s/s piled up, is because it is drops from previous jobs (left overs) and if they use just a single piece on another job, then the cost savings (or pure profit) is usually more than the whole pile would bring at the scrap yard. So... if you do get them to sell you some at scrap prices, consider yourself lucky!
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    A friend of mine was talking to another long time friend about how they made so much stuff out of s/s, only to have it outlast the stuff that it was bolted to. He said nowadays instead of making it out to s/s so that it will last a lifetime, they make it out of steel and it usually will still last the rest of their lifetime.
    While having a s/s bush hog would be nice in a way, most bush hogs I know will either rust out, get bend up, or the gearbox will tear up. Since s/s only fixes one of those three, why should we waste valuable metals when a lessor one will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeus1
    If it is rusting it isnt stainless! Not talking about 3cr12, it is silver but it ain't stainless. I'm talking about 304L, 316L, or 317L. Just about every fab shop I have been to has tons of scrap stainless piled up. I'm sure if you offer them scrap price they will gladly sell some.
    Again depends on the grade

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandman2234
    The reason most shops have s/s piled up, is because it is drops from previous jobs (left overs) and if they use just a single piece on another job, then the cost savings (or pure profit) is usually more than the whole pile would bring at the scrap yard. So... if you do get them to sell you some at scrap prices, consider yourself lucky!
    David from jax (who has a pile of s/s around also)

    A friend of mine was talking to another long time friend about how they made so much stuff out of s/s, only to have it outlast the stuff that it was bolted to. He said nowadays instead of making it out to s/s so that it will last a lifetime, they make it out of steel and it usually will still last the rest of their lifetime.
    While having a s/s bush hog would be nice in a way, most bush hogs I know will either rust out, get bend up, or the gearbox will tear up. Since s/s only fixes one of those three, why should we waste valuable metals when a lessor one will work.
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    I get your point but that sounds like the Walmart approach.
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