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  • Shiny metal

    Hello:

    With all the talk of galvanized and other metals really reducing your lifespan when welding I have a question.

    I have some casters cut off some old damaged shopping carts. I would like to use these for wheels on my welder.

    What is the metal type on shopping carts? Its shiney, is it chromed steel?

    If that is the case, I guess that it will have to be ground down before it is welded.

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    Most likely stainless. Try the magnet test. It could be a magnetic stainless, but if the magnet don't stick, it's SS!

    Hank
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    • #3
      All the carts I've seen have been chromed steel. I can't see anybody buying stainless for grocery carts...

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      • #4
        Thanks.

        So, all you really have to do is to grind off the chrome and weld?

        If there are possible heath risks with welding chrome plated steel please let me know. What about the chrome getting hot? (outside the weld puddle and immediate vicinity)

        I would prefer to weld but would rather make some bolt on brackets if there is a substantial health risk.

        Thanks,

        Steve

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