Pennsylvania Steel Company offers a wide range of carbon and alloy steel products in stock at our regional warehouses across Pennsylvania, New England, the Southeast, and more. We offer both shipping and pickup options for your convenience. Contact us today to receive a custom carbon and alloy steel quote for your project.
While every steel is an alloy, they are not all alloy steel. The difference is subtle: both are mixed with other metals, mainly carbon, but alloy steel is a mixture of carbon and other metals. Common additives beyond carbon include magnesium, nickel, and chromium.
Most types of steel have a very low carbon content amounting to 0.05 to 0.3% while carbon steel has a carbon content up to 2.5%. Although 2.5% might not sound significant, it produces advantages not found in other types of steel. For instance, carbon steel is stronger than traditional types of steel. This is why carbon steel is a top choice for producing knives, automotive components, tools, railways, and much more.
On the flip side, it’s important to note that carbon steel is much more prone to rust and corrosion than other types of steel. It’s also more difficult to work with. That’s why it’s important to choose carbon steel for the correct projects so you can have the best possible results.
In this steel alloy, carbon is the main added element. It comes in three categories; low, medium, and high carbon.
Is incredibly pliable, easy to work with, and cost-effective. It’s easily weldable and machinable. Low carbon steel works perfectly for projects that don’t have any resistance or strength requirements.
Offers more strength and can be cast into various shapes. It is trickier to weld, form and cut.
Is more durable and wear-resistant than other grades. It’s the most difficult steel to work with.
Wondering what each type of steel is typically used for? See the chart below to find out.
|Low Carbon Steel||Medium Carbon Steel||High Carbon Steel|
High-strength Steel Wire
PA Steel offers an extensive inventory with a complete range of low carbon and alloy round bars through 18” diameter. Bars are available in the as-rolled, annealed, or heat-treated condition.
1/8” Diameter through 12” Diameter
Alloy Grades – 4140, 41L40, 8620 – Annealed and Heat-Treated, 4340 AMS6415
1/8” thick through 6” thick 3/16” wide through 20” wide Standard Grade –1018
Alloy Grades – 4140 Heat Treated – DCF Finishes – Cold Drawn, Cold Rolled, Machined
Squares 1/8” Square through 6” Square Standard Grades – 1018, 1215, 12L14
Alloy Grades – 4140 Annealed
PA Steel has steel warehouses across the northeast including Bensalem, Whitehall and York, PA, as well as Naugatuck, CT, Cleveland, OH, Stanley, NC, Ashland, VA and Bethpage, NY. If you’re in need of a carbon and alloy steel distributor for your next project, please contact us to receive a custom quote and to learn more about our shipping and pick-up options.