The 1/8" diamond plate step top is
not about to give way. Using 5/8" steel
rod provides plenty of support and helps to keep the
step from bending from weight. Don't be fooled by those
cheaper ones on Ebay, many of those use
1/2" rod which will bend with continued use.
A critical point
is the top support. This prevents the step from
swinging rearward when weight is on the step.
Using 3/16" steel ensures there is less likelihood of
the ears bending causing the step to swing out from under
your foot. Here again, some of the Ebay steps use
Check out the
other steps out there and see if they are as heavy duty