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Terrywerm

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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2019, 09:32:20 AM »
Yup, that sucks to be in a "dead zone".  I used to have to go up to north Minneapolis all the time to get steel and other metals. Had to take a day off work just to go up there because all of the metal merchants and scrap yards were only open Monday through Friday.  For a little while there was a welding shop open near my work where I could get steel in limited sizes, but they eventually moved elsewhere. Then about ten years ago a fabricating shop opened just a mile from my house and they were happy to sell me just about any steel I needed. As time went on they got bigger and bigger, and now they don't want to bother with selling materials to a little guy like me. Sad.

So as time goes on, my metal purchasing habits have changed and evolved. No matter how I do it the stuff is getting damned expensive!
Terry

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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2019, 03:59:06 PM »
Sorry, not on topic. But you just mentioned ďdamn expensiveĒ! Last night I ordered from Amazon a 1 gal container Ridgid dark thread cutting oil for about 22 bucks delivered to my front door. And it got here this morning!!! Thatís in less than 24hrs! Damn good deal if you ask me. Now, if I can just find metal deals like that!

PJB

Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2019, 05:06:38 PM »
Man I feel sorry for you guys and empathize with the problem finding metal.   Location really is the main factor.   Something I am keeping front of mind when choosing where to retire.   Its 5-10 yrs off but starting to come in focus.   Again not rubbing it in rather point of fact, Here in N. IL /Chicago area there are umpteen options.   
I can shoot over to McMaster will call within 15 min.   Although I donít buy much from them MSC and Grainger are down the block.
Alro, Jorgensen, Ryerson all local.   
Obviously grasping for positive straws to jusify living in this state!
"I wants what you gots!"

woodchucker

Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2019, 08:05:15 PM »
Nothing here by me. Years ago, there was a great machine/industrial supplier near me. They went out of business. The bearing company went out of business. Most everyone closed. An hour away is a grainger (too expensive).


McMaster online is my best, fastest option.  Ebay for my needs mostly... for drops.
Jeff
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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2019, 08:23:45 PM »
Metal Supermarkets, not sure all do this, but the last pickup from them learned they  sell drops. Sure will be looking into that more.
Pep

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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2019, 09:53:29 PM »
Metal Supermarkets, not sure all do this, but the last pickup from them learned they  sell drops. Sure will be looking into that more.
Pep
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yea, but very expensive. Ebay 20 at Metal Supermarkets 34 for example. that's a steep increase for 1 piece
but you did open my eyes to the fact that they are about 45 minutes away. So usable in a pinch. 
Jeff
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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2019, 03:02:21 PM »
I just noticed Hobby Metal Kits had a fire on XMAS. There site says: due to fire operations are suspended. I hope itís not for good :'(

JPar

Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2020, 12:21:52 PM »
I just noticed Hobby Metal Kits had a fire on XMAS. There site says: due to fire operations are suspended. I hope itís not for good :'(

I saw that too.  The notice on their web site doesn't state the extent of the damage.  I hope that they'll be able to recover and be back in business soon.  I've had good service from them in the past and always appreciated their reasonable shipping charges. 

I've decided to give Speedy Metals a try for my latest order.  The stuff I needed was 20% off, so that's a good start.

John

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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2020, 03:07:34 PM »
Bought a lot of steel from Speedy Metals in the past.  Until the Tariff hit, their pricing was not too bad.  It's like the day the Tariff was announced, they automatically raised all of their prices up by 30%.  The real truth in the end, the Tariff only caused about a 15% increase in price of steel from the far east.  And I doubt, that there was that much steel coming from Asia to Speedy Metals to cause them to react to a knee jerk decision.  And it shouldn't have affected anything they had in stock at the time.  Anyways, much for the rant.  Ken
Ken

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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2020, 06:40:35 PM »
I noticed Xometry started offering steel and SS.   Might want to check their prices vs Speedy et al.
I ordered aluminum and they were  very reasonably priced.   I think they recently added a $50 min for  free shipping.  My first order was like $35 worth of metal and zero shipping.   Too good to be true so Iím not surprised they adjusted.   
"I wants what you gots!"

JPar

Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2020, 10:50:02 PM »
Does anyone know if Hobby Metal Kits is up and running again, after the fire they had last month?  I just looked at their web site, and the notice about the fire is gone.  But nothing says "We're back in business again".  If no one knows, I can give them a call on Monday before I submit an order.
John

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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2020, 04:14:28 PM »
Around here they have come down  on scrap metal places to the point as it is dropped off it is put in crushers for packing into trucks etc and gone when full.   
Do have a couple of New metal suppliers but they want even more than ordering on line and paying the shipping.   
they did put in a Metal Supermarket but they charge full price even for drops.   (found out when I started buying some one day.)
They have a grangers here, but no Mcmaster.   
So I do most of mine from Ebay.   

Ken in SA TX

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Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2020, 10:15:36 AM »
I received a reply from Hobby Metal Kits.  They are up and running, and receiving orders.  For the next few months, they will be working with borrowed equipment and limited inventory.  Prompt shipping is still a priority, but some orders may be delayed slightly.  They stated they are working hard to expedite every order.
I just submitted an order for aluminum and brass.  I'll post again when I receive it.
John

JPar

Re: Metal Suppliers
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2020, 06:28:22 PM »
I just submitted an order for aluminum and brass.  I'll post again when I receive it.
John

I received my order today. It took 8 days from the time I placed the order. Not as fast as they were in the pre-fire days, but understandable given they're working in recovery mode. 
John