These are some of the highest-quality cast iron plates you can get anywhere. Nothing fancy like rubber or urethane coating, just plain iron plates that look great. They sport a classic grey-green finish. We guarantee that each plate is within plus or minus 2% of the indicated weight. So a 10lb plate is within 3oz, and a 45lb plate is within 14oz. In reality your plates are going to be more accurate than that, to avoid the possibility of frequent rejects. If you find a plate that is out of spec, we will replace it and take care of all shipping charges. First the plates are cast using molds, like any other plates. But casting isn’t perfect. So next the plates are machined down to a consistent size and weight, also resulting in smooth surfaces without casting imperfections. The center hole is precisely machined to fit snugly over a properly sized 50mm sleeve of an olympic bar. This is essential for deadlifts so that the bar and plates lift all together as a unit without extra play as you start to lift off the floor. The 45lb and 100lb plates are machined to 450mm diameter. This size sets the bar at the perfect height off the floor for deadlifts and cleans.
The standard diameter also makes them compatible with many other plates out there, so you can mix and match with confidence that all plates will share the load evenly when sitting on the floor. After application of the hammertone enamel paint, the plates are baked in an oven to cause the paint to cure. This removes any toxic VOCs (fumes) and results in a hard finish that resists chipping, scratching, fading and corrosion. This is the same proven process used in industrial applications where products will be exposed to weather and abrasion. The wide flange, or rim, around the plates helps you handle them without the risk of dropping them and causing injury or damage. Some customers like this old school style better than those with grip holes because these have more of a traditional look and can also be gripped easily anywhere around the circumference. Within the first 30 days, we guarantee against any defects such as rust, chipped paint, or sharp edges. We will pay all shipping costs to fix the problem. We are an authorized dealer for Troy Barbell products. This means that if you uncover a problem later on, all you need is your receipt and you are covered by Troy’s warranty. These were redesigned slightly in early 2019. The outer rims on the new version have more of a rounded edge to make ite easier to grab the plates when they’re stacked up on the bar.