Comparison (Standard Size) - Mail Boss vs Fort Knox vs Letter Locker vs Steeltech

 Compare the Top Selling Secure Locking Mailboxes

 

Steeltech is committed to crafting mailboxes of the best quality, best security at the best price.  But our mailboxes aren’t the right fit for everyone. The chart below compares the top selling mailboxes with Steeltech mailboxes.  Compare Mail Boss, Fort Knox, and JayCo Letter Locker with Steeltech Mailboxes.  We’ve categorized the key features and specifications. Now you can compare them side by side.  You decide which features are important to you. Is it color and finish?  Is it the gauge of steel?  Is it durability and minimal maintenance? Or is it price? Decide which mailbox you’d like at your roadside or driveway.

FEATURES

MAIL BOSS

 

FORT KNOX

“Fortress”

 

LETTER LOCKER

“Standard”

 

STEELTECH

“Standard No. 5”

Incoming Style

2” Slot

2” Slot

2” Slot

2” Slot

Outgoing Style

Mail Tray

Mail Tray

Mail Tray

Mail Tray

Overall Dimensions

 

13.75”H x 11.25”W x 12”D

 

12”H x 12”W x 23”D

 

16.5”H x 12”W x 20”D

 

12”H x 11”W x 20”D

Cubic Inches

1,856.16 cubic inches

3,312 cubic inches

3,960 cubic inches

2,640 cubic inches

Material

Electrogalvanized steel***

Electrogalvanized  steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel ***

Gauge

14 gauge

1/4" Plate

14 gauge

16 gauge****

Construction

Spot welded

Wire Feed welded

Riveted construction

Spot welded

Lock Type

Tubular cam lock*

Tubular cam lock*

Stainless cam lock

Stainless cam lock

Finish

Powder-coated finish

Powder-coated finish

Powder-coated finish

Natural finish OR Custom color

 

Anti-Pry Features

Anti-pry locking latch **

Recessed doors

n/a

n/a

Recessed doors

n/a

Anti-pry locking latch**

Recessed doors

n/a

Anti-pry locking latch**

Recessed doors

Rolled edges

Weight

40#

98#

?

30# ***

Made in USA

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Price

$199

$348

$1275

$625

Shipping

Free

Extra Charge

Extra Charge

Free

 

*Round tubular locks are secure. However, they require a special cylindrical key versus a conventional flat key that causes the tumblers to all align.  If a key gets lost, it’s difficult to get a new one made.  Conventional flat keys can be copied at the local hardware store. 

**The anti-pry locking latch feature in the Mail Boss, Letter Locker, and Steeltech prevent leveraged entry. Without this feature the mailbox can potentially be pried open with a screwdriver or other household item. 

***We use stainless steel because it’s stronger and more rust resistant than galvanized steel.  This means our mailboxes are stronger but weigh less.  They’re easier to install at 33# versus 100#. 

****The smaller the gauge number the thicker the material. 14 gauge is thicker than 16 gauge. However, 16 gauge stainless is equivalent, in strength, to 12 or 13 gauge regular steel.Comparison chart reference: https://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/scales/sheetmetal.html

 

Galvanized steel and stainless steel look similar but are quite different in composition, weight, and strength.

 

Galvanized steel is regular steel sheets coated in zinc to make them corrosion resistant. Electrogalvanized steel is galvanized steel that’s been submerged in an electrolyte bath. When the steel is removed, the coating hardens, creating a thin, bonded layer of zinc.  This layer of zinc coating eventually wears off when exposed to constant outside elements.  Corrosion begins to eat into the steel. Over time the rust will corrode the steel to point of failure.

 

Stainless steel is an alloy made up of at least 10% chromium.  The chromium is throughout the steel sheet.  This means the protective layer is always in place. This makes stainless steel the stronger of the two. Because of its strength, stainless steel is used in the construction of skyscrapers.

 

Stainless steel has 25% - 30% higher tensile strength over regular galvanized steel.  Tensile strength means the amount of stress a material can endure without tearing or deforming.  Stainless steel is superior to other steel and aluminum alloys.

 

Galvanized Steel vs Stainless Steel Comparison Chart

Galvanized Steel

Stainless Steel

Manufactured by dipping steel in molten zinc.

Manufactured by mixing molten steel with 10% molten chromium.

Covered by a thin layer of zinc oxide to protect from rusting

Mixed with chromium to protect from rusting

Weaker

Strong

Cheap

Expensive

Source: http://theydiffer.com/difference-between-galvanized-and-stainless-steel/

 


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