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Old 10-27-2005, 11:33 AM
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Where to find sheet metal

Hey all,

I called my local metal supplier today, and they said that for a 4X4 sheet of 18ga steel, it would cost me $45 dollars. Does anyone know where i can get some cheap sheet metal in northeastern ohio?

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Zip, The bad news is steel took a major leap in price about 2 years ago, just about doubling in cost. This is because of many factors and with the cost of fuel for both production(takes a LOT of energy to produce steel!) and delivery it looks like it is going to get even worse, I run a welding shop here in Tennessee and the cost of steel is my biggest concern right now. I hate to say it but the fact is asking where to find cheap steel is kind of like asking where to find cheap gas
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Old 10-27-2005, 02:48 PM
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Sounds about right

That price is about what it goes for..Around here it may be a bit more for that sheet..Sorry the price of steel is a shocker whenever I go to get some..

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Old 10-27-2005, 03:51 PM
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That is a reasonable price, you could possibly find some salvage sheet metal but it would be rusty and probably bent too. Nothing is cheap anymore.
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Gulfstream Steel in NC sells 4x8 sheets of 20 gauge for 26.00, i bought two of them last weekend, i guess that pretty cheap then?

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wheres that at in nc. im from nc/sc area. do they have 1/4 inch sheets?
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Old 10-28-2005, 03:56 AM
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My understanding is that by getting a 4 X 4 sheet, you will be paying for cutting it, and they will actually probably charge more because they now have scrap left to sell. You might want to check on a full sheet. It may be cheaper to buy it all. You can't have too much sheetmetal around. LOL

As for the question on 1/4", it is usually not considered sheetmetal, it is plate. Some sheetmetal shops may carry some, but may need to go to a fabricator for that.

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Old 10-28-2005, 05:23 AM
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It's a good day to recycle the skin of some boneyard relic. Sometimes you can get free sheet metal that way. One of the local yards had a pile of hoods that local body shops had dropped off and the owner was happy to let me haul them away. None were rusted and only 1 was hail damaged. This was before scrap prices shot up, so you may have to bid against the crusher. I think $0.08 a pound is about what crushers are paying salvage yards now, so it's still cheaper than new sheet metal.
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its called gulfstream steel in hampstead nc (about 20min from wilmington), 800-316-1288, they stock a ton of aluminum stainless and steel and they specialize in findind weird sizes and shaped, i'm sure they have plate, give them a call they are great to work with and very helpful, i got my 2" by 10" 20 foot length for my e wheel for like $280

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cheap steel

I work for a powder coating co in franklin PA.I ask my boss about some 16 ga.he gave me 4 sheets for free.they build metal furniture an I powder coat it for them an they let me coat my stuff for free,they furnish the powder and still give me a paycheck,what a job.
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I don't know what you are doing and how much steel you require, but a source of cheep sheet metal is you local appliance center that buys and sells and repairs appliances. Usual they get the old stuff hauled off for scrap, and the sides of fridges, washers, driers are not dented and large enough to make it worth it. So i went and asked if i could take the sheet metal off the side and he said take what you want. Off i went with the nippers and cut off 3 fridge sides and a chest freezer side. I think that they were about 2'x6' or about the size of a fridge side. Made rust repair patches for my truck out of that.

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For smaller pieces I check behind body shops and HVAC (heating/furnace) shops. Takes some work, but you can usually find different guages, and it often already has good paint to keep it rust-free. Just put your color over it. I use it for heat shields, small fabrications, etc.
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source for sheet metal

I am in a small town, but we have a scrap yard now called a "recycling center" .I have bought much new sheet metal,square tube,plate,etc. there. It seems at the end of the fiscal year some of our local plants clean out their inventory and scrap partially cut sheets etc.to get them off their books .we have an industrial furnace manufacturer in town that scraps some beautiful stuff. I have bought 4x4 sheets of chrome plated steel most cost me about .10 a pound, but they will actually give small quantities to you.they deal in tons,they arent worried about a couple of pounds of steel.
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Try calling that same metal company and don't tell them you want a 4 x 4 piece, just ask them for scrap pieces you might get it cheaper, it works for me.
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Like robs said...some suppliers will sell you "drops" of mat'ls pretty reasonable. I went about 10yrs ago to a place taht specialized in alloys. It was a $50 minimum to pick around in their "drop box". I still have brass, stainless, sheet and bar copper, and steel from that visit. FYI, most industrial suppliers sell the material by the lb price plus a cut fee (also mentioned above). The last suggestion I can offer is to try your local body shop supplier for sheetmetal. Last I recall pretty reasonable and decent size, but lightly coated. Good luck.
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