Wow thats expensive !

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  1. ScottH

    ScottH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    Skip the home depot spots. Try local welding/fabricating shops. If you need a size and type they generally use you should get decent prices. sometimes for decent customers and they only need a small piece, if we have a drop thats big enough they dont even get charged.

    Happy hunting.
     
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    this is a little off topic but for you guys in delaware and close by in PA and other neighboring states, does anyone know of any good steel supply companys? bob i didnt know home depot carried steel???? i am looking to get some expanded metal and other smaller misc. pieces.
     
  3. stslawncare
    home depot has metal products in their hardware isle around the nuts & bolts.
    Very expensive to buy there but handy for emergency repairs.
     
  4. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 488

    Many times the scrap or salvage yards sell surplus metal as well. If not salvage yards will likely know where there is a good source

    Doug Austreim
     
  5. DavidD

    DavidD LawnSite Member
    from sc
    Posts: 108

    Bunton Guy, Im in greenville,SC give this guy a call

    Jerry At specialty Steel
    864-299-8771

    If he's too far from you he will know someone in your area that can help you.
    I buy steel from him.

    1 1/ 2 x 1 1/2 x 3/16 x 20' 13.25 Ea
    2"X2" x 24' Tube 3/16 Wall 40.00
    4x10' Sheet metal 16 Gage 42.05
    1X1X1/8x20' Angle 6.26 Ea

    Forget the welding shops there Addind 25% to the sale price
     
  6. u have got to get out of the city to find cheap steel and don`t be afraid to use salvaged stuff. I`ve been pretty lucky my dad used to own a welding shop and knows all the guys around. now he is a milright at a local saltmine and they just through extra steel out in the dumpster so he get most of what ever he needs from the dumpster . he finished a project this spring installing an elevator that come from sweden and they through out 20 peices of 6 foot by 6inch galvanized so when I built my 6x10 landscape trailer this spring I used that as sides. and a freind of my dads works at a kubota dealership , he got me a bunch of frames that they use to ship tractors from japan. I cut 2 of those up and used them as my trailer frame.
     
  7. SDlawndawg

    SDlawndawg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    old bed frames are a good source for angle. I found a stack of real estate signs that I still use to this day. Good amount of small angle and I put the sheetmetal underneath my chopsaw to prevent a fire.
     
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Yeah, I picked up some used bed frames for some light stuff. I get my metal from a surplus store. If I really want to go cheap I can get the rusted stuff and clean up myslef. The good stuff goes for about $1 ft for 2 X 2 angle, but about half that for the rusted stuff. All ya have to do is take a wire wheel to it. Just depends on how valuable your time is.

    MATT
     
  9. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 987

    2x2 square 14 gauge here in Fayetteville is about $32 for 20' and 3/4 expanded is $30 I think, the 1 1/2 expanded is even cheaper.:confused:
     

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