Hi, So I'm pricing out various components for my next batch of brackets, and to save some time instead of cutting them myself as I have been doing, I decide to see what it would cost to just buy the friction washers and the thrust washers we have been using. The friction washers are fiber washers, 1.25" in diameter with a 1/4" hole. The thrust washers are teflon, 5/8" in diameter with a 1/4" hole.
I decided that I wanted to "buy American" so I logged onto Thomas Register to see who sells washers. I've sent the above specs (quantity needed= 500 ea.) to six or seven different companies. That was ten days ago.
To date I have gotten one reply, from a Texas based company called Zero Products. ( I wonder if this is the same company that used to be called Zero-Halliburton?).
Here's the quote:500 pcs Teflon Washer @ $24.98ea. = $12,490.00 500 pcs Fiber Washer @ 19.69ea = $9,845.00 Order total = $22,335.00
I called to see if they had made a mistake, or if they were just smoking crack? There was no mistake.
They were absolutely serious about that pricing...
If this is Haliburton, the concept of a no-bid contract is really scary now.
Anyway, I've checked with McMasterCarr and they have the teflon washer, but they are charging $1.25 ea. which is still too much. I'm thinking that I should be able to get these in 500 quan. for, maybe, $0.20ea. The fibre "fender" washer should be about the same or maybe a few pennies less.
Am I being unrealistic? Anybody got a line on non-metallic washers?