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|Made In USA||Yes|
|Diameter||25LB: 10.87" (276mm) 35LB: 14.17" (360mm) 45LB: 17.72" (450mm) 100LB: 17.72" (450mm)|
|25LB Plate Width||1.35" (34.5mm)|
|35LB Plate Width||1.35" (34.5mm)|
|45LB Plate Width||1.97" (50mm)|
|100LB Plate Width||2.95" (75mm)|
If you’ve seen the strongest men on Earth take on our Elephant Bar during the Deadlift competition at the Arnold Strongman Classic, then you’ve seen the plates that inspired the Deep Dish design. Like those Arnold plates, the Deep Dish Plates are also a call back to a golden age in weightlifting; built from clanging cast iron with a classic look and greater thickness and surface area than most modern plates.
The town of Cadillac, Michigan has a long and storied manufacturing history, and Cadillac Casting, Inc., has been a big part of it, designing and producing a wide variety of complex and safety-critical components for the automotive industry and other industrial clients since the 1920s. This reputable, privately owned foundry employs 400 highly skilled workers, and they were more than equipped to produce the tooling for our Deep Dish Plates in-house. In doing so, they’ve helped bring quality cast iron weight plate production back to the USA.
All of our Deep Dish Plates are cast in ductile iron, aka nodular cast iron, which contains strong graphite nodules that make it considerably tougher than standard gray iron. Ductile iron is regularly used to make automotive components, wheels, gear boxes, and machine frames, and its superior tensile strength, yield strength, and corrosion resistance makes it an ideal option for a long-lasting, extremely robust weight plate.
The entire back portion of each plate is precision machined, as is the center hub (where the bar sleeve goes through) and the outer rim. This unique 3-surface machining process ensures that the plates fit tightly on the bar, are uniform in diameter, and sit flush against each other when loaded.
This electrically-applied paint coating was also initially developed for the automotive industry, due to its excellent adhesion, even coverage, and corrosion resistance. As a wet application, E-coat goes on thinner than powder coating, resulting in a smooth feel that retains more of the natural grit of the casting.
Deep Dish Plates are sold in pairs and are available in four sizes: 25LB: 10.87" (276mm) diameter, 1.35” (34.5mm) width 35LB: 14.17" (360mm) diameter, 1.35” (34.5mm) width 45LB: 17.72" (450mm) diameter, 1.97” (50mm) width 100LB: 17.72" (450mm) diameter, 2.95” (75mm) width.