Building log splitter

Where can I find a 6 foot long I beam of sufficient strength to build a
25 ton log splitter frame with, preferably in So.Cal within reasonable
driving range from Orange County? A place that salvages or sells
remnants would be great... being cost conscious and all. Any leads?
Thanks in advance.
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trg-s338
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You might have more success finding someone near you by looking in YOUR local yellow pages under "Scrap Iron" than I would in the Northeast.
I can probably give you a number of places in MY area, but I would guess it would really kill your weekend to come all the way up here.
Doesn't ANYBODY have the ability to do simple research any more - such as finding a business in their local yellow pages?
Are you THAT lazy?
Or are you simply too "cost conscious" - aka "cheap" - to make a few telephone calls?
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On 26 Sep 2006 13:45:46 -0700, with neither quill nor qualm, "trg-s338" quickly quoth:
I saw some in Lee's Iron and Metal in Vista, CA about 7 years ago, if that helps. ;) Now that larger buildings are going up everywhere, that shouldn't be too hard a thing to find. 760-724-1330 Call 'em!
Or let your fingers do the googling:
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Larry Jaques
Unicorn Metals, Lambert Road, La Habra/Brea
Ask for Rito
Ill ask a few other places.
Do you have a prefered size of I-beam?
Gunner
"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." - Proverbs 22:3
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Gunner
15 minutes on the phone will give you plenty of leads for amazing stuff, enough to fill your garage with junk to the ceiling, for next to nothing. I am being slightly ironic, but it is true.
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Ignoramus10273
On Tue, 26 Sep 2006 22:16:59 GMT, with neither quill nor qualm, Ignoramus10273 quickly quoth:
For most of us, that's about 5% of the garage by volume. We've already -filled- the first 95%.
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Larry Jaques
To be fair, it's sometimes the case the people on newsgroups know of treasure troves which aren't listed under anything sensible in the phone book.
Gunner is in So. Cal. He might be able to help.
Best wishes,
Chris
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Christopher Tidy
"Ignoramus10273" wrote
It is also good to go to your local scrap dealer and meet personally. If you can find you one guy there, bribe him with a pizza and some beer, or slip him a $20 with your phone number, he'll call you when what you want appears.
Scrap moves in and out fast some times. And with some types of scrap, if it's tossed on the pile, it gets bent or twisted, and isn't good for what you want. So, having someone who will call you is good.
My steel supplier sells rems by the pound. Steel and stainless. Some copper and brass, too. When I want some special pieces of stainless, I go over and do a little greasing, and in a week or two, I get a call, and there's a stack of just what I wanted.
Grease works for more than axles. I gotta go do just thing to get some bar grating I need for some cabin stairs that are good in the snow.
Paying an extra ten or twenty bucks for a piece of mondo I beam for a splitter is a lot less than what it would cost you at a steel yard.
Steve
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Steve B
It's way more fun here. Like stopping in at the old local store for some cracker barrel chat.
If you need some help pulling that bug out of your ass, let us know.
Steve
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Steve B
One word:
Gunner
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Steve B
While it's lots of fun trying to get the best deal, a 6' long chunk of 8"x 21 would seem to be plenty, you are talking less than 125 pounds. My local sells new drops fro $.50 a pound (2 weeks ago anyway). So you are trying to work your way down from $60 or so. Any scrap yard, any steel supplier, etc should have some reasonable drops. Get on the phone.
trg-s338 wrote:
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RoyJ
I agree 100%!
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Ignoramus10273
As someone mentioned, I was looking for some off chance info from folks who might know someone or somewhere other than the usual places I check like Bruce Metals in Santa Ana. Metal work is a hobby for me and where I live, there is not much heavy industry but there is some steel somewhere. I did not mean to invoke your ire about "lazy" people just look> trg-s338 wrote in article
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trg-s338
Gunner is your man. A good reason for moving to So. Cal.!
Chris
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Christopher Tidy
My pleasure.
Networking networking networking
If you have no luck..let me know.
Gunner
"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." - Proverbs 22:3
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Gunner
Look for a building renovation or a boiler refit job in your area, there are times when you will find some really good buys on used steel from the demolition contractor. They will usually sell you whatever you want for scrap prices saving them the need to haul it off themselves.
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Modat22
Have you priced all your components? Log splitters are one of those things that seldom make sense to build yourself. Unless you have a really deep junk pile. By the time you've acquired the steel, motor, pump, cylinder, valve & hoses you will have spent nearly as much as a retail one. And if you get some part wrong, you're going to have to buy a second one.
my $.02, Bob
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Bob Engelhardt
Drive around. Find big building under construction. Talk to guys doing it. Ask about drops.
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spaco
You won't find any drops at the construction site. Except for light bridging , the structural steel is all fabbed at the steel suppliers yard. That's the place to go for the drops. The only way you find any leftover structural at a site is if someone f---ed up. Then they might leave something behind because shipping costs more than the scrap value of the steel. Tom
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