The Pros And Cons Of Stainless Steel Tables
25/08/2020 Lee Burnham
If you are considering a stainless steel table for your work, you probably want something durable and long-lasting. Stainless steel fits the bill, but there are pros and cons you need to know about. We’ll take a closer look at these below.
Pros of stainless steel tables
The pros of stainless steel tables outweigh the cons. They include:
Stainless steel tables are the strongest on the market. They can have load ratings exceeding 2,000kg, and a 1,000kg load rating is normal.
Impervious to heat
Stainless steel does not glow dull red until it is heated to 650°C and it does not glow bright red until it’s heated to above 800°C. The melting point of stainless steel is around 1,450°C, making it impervious to normal heat ranges.
Stainless steel does not rust unless it is exposed to corrosive fluids and cleaners that can damage the chromium content of the steel. The passive formation of stainless steel means it is resistant to rust on a molecular level.
Hygienic and easy to clean
Stainless steel tables are used in commercial kitchens because they are hygienic and easy to clean. The surface is non-porous.
Can be refinished
If you scratch stainless steel or the steel becomes pitted, it can be sanded to return the brushed finish back to normal. Deep scratches will remain, but the brushed surface can be achieved once again with minimal effort.
Cons of stainless steel tables
There are only three cons to a stainless steel table:
Not ESD safe
If you work in an environment where parts and materials are sensitive to static, stainless steel is not a suitable material for a table, unless you use an anti-static mat on it. If you work with electrics, you’d be better served by an ESD safe laminate table.
Although galvanized stainless steel is hard, it may not be harder than the tools you use. Things like carbon steel blades and titanium hand tools will scratch stainless steel, making it look worse for wear in a short space of time.
It holds heat
Stainless steel has one of the lowest thermal conductivities of any metal, so it takes a long time to conduct heat away from other metals. But by the same token, it holds heat well too, so it may not be the safest surface for hot work.