How can I spot a gravity cast truck?
A lot of brands claim that they are using a Gravity Casting technique, when in fact they are using Die-Casting and disguising the finish with a painted or powdercoated finish.
It is even possible to spec “Gravity Cast Finish” on a Die Cast product with some factories – we know, we’ve been there!
It’s easy to spot once you know what to look for.
First – detailed moulding. Whilst gravity casting produces a better surface finish, it’s not possible to get a level of super-sharp detail into a truck due to the more viscous Aluminium.
Look at the logos cast into the baseplate – if they are super fine with lots of detail, your trucks are die cast.
Second, finishing marks. A Gravity Cast truck like the Sabre will not need any extra finishing – it’s perfect out of the mould.
A Die Cast truck will inevitably require some tidying up after casting.
Pivots are usually the best place to look for any extra marks.
Third, powdercoating. Can you actually buy this brand’s truck in a raw finish? Is this brand trying to hide something?
Powdercoating masks a badly finished truck – unfortunately it also ruins tolerances around the pivot area.