My name is James, and I live in southern Manitoba. I'm looking for
a metal supplier, preferably online, deals in small quantities, and
carries cold rolled bar\round\sheet, DOM \ Seamless tubing, etc.
I'm going to try the Gingery line of projects, as well as some
others, and I need a source of cold rolled metals.
I've looked at onlinemetals.com, but it is a US company, and only
ships by UPS. I seriously want to avoid UPS. I don't have a problem
with it, other than the potential for headaches shipping into Canada
Can anyone recommend a Canadian company that deals either online, or
by post, in small quantities & "custom" cut sizes?
James, jozef nospamming at mts dot net
He could try Metal Supermarkets (1530 Church Ave. Winnipeg, according
to their web page). They are rather pricey, however. You can buy just
a bit and they'll cut it for you (all for a price). A scrapyard might
be good to find..
I use Metal Supermarkets all the time. The two near me in Brampton
have a table with "Ends" in all kinds of steel and aluminum sold for
less then custom cut pieces. The pieces are usually 3' or less.
Large selection of small blocks of aluminum.
I dropped into my local Metal Supermarket today. I bought some brass
from the bits and pieces table. $7/lb! Holy crap, I felt like I was an
unwilling shower scene participant in a bad prison movie. I bought it
any ways as they are the only game in town, but I was definitely limping
when I left that store.
I ordered some D-2 from them, a 1" dia x 3ft bar for $20. I check with
KBC, They wanted over $300, and a special order. Needless to say I
grabbed the bar from Metal Supermarket :-)
Lance A Boyle wrote:
No direct help to you folk, but nowadays I order my steel from my local steel
stockholder in the UK (Macready's, Rugby) and having discovered that nothing
costs less than 15UKP I always order enough to cost more than that. I also
always order complete bars unless it's a large section and they offer a bar
end. if you ask for a small length on something as small as 1" dia, then you
will pay retail rates. If you get a whole length then you have stock for next
Don't be afraid to check with big steel and aluminum suppliers.
Unless they have a high minimum purchase, they are far cheaper than
the supermarket retailers on a lot of stuff. I can get 20 feet of 3/4"
6061 Al tube for the same price (or less than) one of the retailers
wants for eight feet. 20 feet of 2x2x1/4 steel angle for the price of
eight feet at the retailer. It goes on and on. The supplier will
usually cut it for you so you can get it into your pickup. Just don't
ask them to cut it into little pieces.
The same principle applies to common chemicals, solvents, cleaners
and so on. Read the label to see what's in it, and buy the stuff in a
big container for less than the tiny one with the fancy name.
Look in the yellow pages under steel, metals, aluminum, whatever.