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  • Cast iron/cast steel

    Is there an easy way to determine if I have a piece of cast steel or if it is cast iron?

  • #2
    Maybe spark testing...
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita.../14250_ch1.pdf

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    • #3
      If it will cut with a torch it is cast steel, cast iron will only melt

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      • #4
        Usually cast iron has a rough finish to it such as a cast iron frying pan or weights in a gym, engine blocks, looking close enough, you can see or feel the pores from the sand casting.

        Cast steel has a smooth finish to it like some cookware, motor housings, gears, sprockets, etc.

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        • #5
          Spark test.

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          • #6
            what is a spark test?

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            • #7
              Cast Iron will make a thud type sound if you hit it with a hammer wheras cast steel will haver more of a ring sound to it.

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              • #8
                Mig weld a piece of scrap steel to it.

                If it holds - cast steel

                If it falls off - cast iron

                LOL

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                • #9
                  Toe test! drop it on your toe, cast steel makes you say OOUUChh !,cast iron makes you say@#%%#^%#

                  Seriously though, spark test. Dull orange sparks off a grinding wheel are iron, steel is yellow.

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