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Old 02-27-2010, 10:11 AM
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How much does steel cost?


I've been reading some of the project journals and I'm seeing that people have spending huge amounts of money for steel, in the range of $400 to $900. I have also been going to a site and have found prices for steel channel, bars, I and W beams at about a $1/lbs with sheet being a lot more expensive, since the place is in Texas the shipping costs wind up doubling the price.

$1/lbs sounds very reasonable for steel and like all things It seems too good to be true.

So how much do you folks pay for types of steel? what does it cost to cut or ship it?

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steel prices.

I've seen prices double over the last 5 years, for small pieces I check local shops that do welding and fabricaation they keep a couple racks outside where they keep end cuts, price by the pound. the larger supplier keeps new stock inside but has an outside storage and scales for pricing stuff, After 100#, then 200# then 300# the prices changes, so you can throw a few more pieces on the scales to get the price break. When buying new stock I always ask if they will give me a break in price if I buy $ 600 at a time. I have friends in construction and they always check with me to see if I want stuff from a demolition or left overs.
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Steel is the sort of thing that you need to look around a little bit to find.

1. Here in town I can go to the local hardware store (about a quarter mile away) and find some three foot long peices of tubing and channel with a pretty nice little selection of sheet as well. And pay a BIG TIME premium price.

2. I can go to the welding and fab shop near where I work with a MUCH better selection and get it a lot cheaper.

3. Drive about 10 miles to a real metal supply with anything I would ever want at MUCH mess money. They will cut it to length which is really nice if you are making some big project. I had them cut about a hundred pieces once for me. They will punch holes as well.

4. Drive about 20 miles to a "recycler" where I can get aluminum, steel, in just about any form you want at even less cost, but less service.

My point is, if you search around your area you may be surprised what you will find. These places are wholesale and for the most part you wouldn't know #2, 3, 4 existed being they don't have any advertising of any kind.

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I get steel from a local steel yard, Tractor supply company and lowes. big stuff from the steel yard.. being I'm doing my hotrod/ rat rod from scratch.. my first order ran just under $400. that was 24' of 2x3x11ga steel tubing 4 4x8 sheets of cold rolled steel, and 20 feet of 1x1x11ga.. next order was 16 feet of 1x1x16ga and that was just under $60.. I found that getting that yard to cut anything exact is impossible, and they drop the saw wherever it's close, and I'v found that altho the hardware store type 3-4' sections of steel is much nicer, it does cost a bit more.. anywheres from $7-20 per 4ft section.. but being my rat rod is built with a KISS rule, most everything is built for 24" or 48" measurements
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I go tothe local steel supplie place and get a decent price ( 40' 1.875 .127 dom for $250 and they cut it into 10 foot sticks ( and they guy cutting it threw in the extra length ) if I can get a couple of budies of mine together we will buy 5K pounds of the stuff and break it down , and its a heck ofa lot cheaper + they deliver it too .
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We have a Metal Supermarket nearby in Colonie, NY. I gag every time I stop as the prices just keep climbing. Most of his steel in angle and other shapes is Canadian, while much of the plate is from a Korean company. Where I was paying literally pennies/lb in 2001, the last was .87/lb which was down from the 1.18 about eighteen months ago. Now, if you really want a shock to your wallet, buy some aluminum

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Discount steel is great!
I'm lucky enough to live near, like 1/2 hour away from the Minneapolis one, no shipping

definitly find a local steel yard. People use steel, there must be something around, or at least in the nearest big city
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I get my steel from a local supplier and I buy in full sheet or bar length when I buy. guess owning a cutoff saw and plasma worked out for me..My supplier can do laser cutting if I need special parts cut as well..Only about 40 miles to their shop if needed..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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The Lowes, Home Depot and Tractor Supply are the highest places in the worl to buy steel.

We are a small manufacture of hot rod parts and buy about a ton of steel each week. The wholesale price since the first of year has gone from 42 cents to 48 cents a pound, delivered to the shop. That is for flat sheet. we use 16 ga to 3/8. The more steel you buy the cheaper it is and it really pays to shop around.
2 x 3 tube we use a lot of. It is $100 for 1 stick 20' long, but if we buy 5 sticks at a time it drops to $65 a stick. Round tubing is also priced like this.

Try to find the big steel wholesalers in your area.
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