- The difference in usages.
304 stainless steel is universal stainless steel. It is widely used in the production of equipment and machinery which has good corrosion resistance and molding.
301 stainless steel shows obvious working hardening phenomenon during deformation which is used in various occasions requiring high strength
- The difference in element.
Compared with 304 stainless steel, 301 has more C element content, less Cr and Ni elements content. 301 has higher tensile strength and hardness during cold processing. It has no magnetism, but it has magnetism after cold processing.
- The difference in price.
Because of less Cr and Ni, the price of 301 is lower than 304.