Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Fabrication and body armor
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino







Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 30th, 2007, 10:03 PM   #1
exodus
Newbie
 
exodus's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01-12-07
Location: Rochester(mostly)/Eaton Rapids
Posts: 25
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to exodus
Default New to fabricating. Where to get square and round tube, and Diamond plate?

First off, I hope this is in the right forum

Hey all, I am new to fabricating. I have done a bit of welding, but most of it has been on scrap metal, or small repairs. Now I am looking to start building some things. Where do you all get good prices on metal? I was at home depot and they wanted like 25.00 for a 10"x10" sheet of diamond plate. Metal scrap yards? how does that work? do you have to cut it yourself?

sorry if these are stupid questions.
Thanks for your time.
exodus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 30th, 2007, 10:19 PM   #2
Haggar
Covered in mud...
 
Haggar's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Oxford, MI
Posts: 17,555
iTrader: (54)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

If you are in waterford, go to pontiac steel, they are just off the 'loop' in pontiac.

When you go to the steel yard, you get the best price buying in full sticks, which are around 20-24 ft long. You can buy smaller, but its a little more expensive.

They will cut for you, for a small fee. If you buy plate there, they usually send that out to be cut, if you need precice pieces.

They also have small pieces racks with pieces up to about 10 ft long, that stuff is about 50 cents a pound or so...
Haggar is online now   Reply With Quote
Old August 30th, 2007, 11:19 PM   #3
Bones
skillicous
 
Bones's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Posts: 11,412
iTrader: (37)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to Bones
Default

x2 on pontiac steel if you want new steel. People drive from over an hour away because their prices are great.

if you are looking for cheap budget builds, or just want to find scrap metal to learn how to weld, scrap shops are great. I have found some great deals on square stock and square tube from them. I would be hesitant about buying round tube from them though, since it is hard to tell pipe from tube, and HREW from DOM once it has been weathering outside unpainted for a while. I don't know any scrap yards in that area though, since I'm rarely in Waterford.
__________________
Inviscid Motorsports

Special Thanks and Recommendations to;
Motorcity Machines
Ironman Offroad
Branik Motorsports
Maxxis Tires

Raceline Wheels
PAC Racing Springs
Joint Clutch and Gear
Bones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 30th, 2007, 11:50 PM   #4
exodus
Newbie
 
exodus's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01-12-07
Location: Rochester(mostly)/Eaton Rapids
Posts: 25
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to exodus
Default

great info! very appreciated.
exodus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Fabrication and body armor
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:06 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Copyright 2005 - 2012 Cracker Enterprises - Powered by Linux
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=
Page generated in 0.08754 seconds with 20 queries