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18-8 Stainless Steel 316 Stainless Steel

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Dowel Pins / Dowel Rods

Stainless steel dowel pins are manufactured on pneumatic dowel equipment and come in pre-cut lengths and diameters. These dowel pins are used in many applications like reinforced joints, support shelves and various hobbyist applications.

Stainless steel fasteners are corrosion resistant in varying grades. For environments requiring an extremely resistant product (such as salt water), we recommend 316 stainless steel. 18-8 and 304 stainless steel grades are considered the industry standard and have corrosion resistant qualities.

18-8 Stainless Steel

(18% Chrome, 8% Nickel, .08% Maximum Carbon) 18-8 Stainless refers to 300 series stainless steel. 303 and 304 Stainless are the most commonly listed grades, the standard grade for stainless steel fasteners. They are corrosion-resistant and durable. They are often used in marine applications in freshwater environments, but will not work as effectively in a salt water environment as 316 stainless. Stainless alloy resists oxidizing and rusting, however it can tarnish over time.

316 Stainless Steel

(16%-18% Chrome, 10%-14% Nickel, .08% Maximum Carbon, 2.00% Maximum Molybdenum) This grade of stainless steel is used and recommended for applications in severe, harsh or marine environments. Its corrosion resistance is greater than 18-8 stainless, which is why we recommend using 316 stainless steel fasteners for salt water application. It is important to remember that even the salt in the air near a body of salt water can do damage to dry applications, so 316 is the material of choice. Common applications of 316 stainless steel fasteners include use on boats, docks, piers, and pools.