I live off in the boonies and occasionally have a need for tool steel.
For example at the moment I'm getting ready to make a 1" sawblade from
a bolt because that's what I can get my grubby mitts on... I know
it'll be soft but it'll probably hold up until I can get some proper
steel. There has to be a place somewhere on the web where a guy can
order tool steel in small quantities, right? tia.
I have been very happy with McMaster Carr, easy to buy steel on the web,
they will sell short pieces (usually 1, 3 or 6 feet) of various alloys,
much cheaper than local suppliers. The shipping may be almost as much
as the steel, but still cheaper than buying locally.
Can't get a catalog out of them, unfortunately.
Karl Townsend wrote:
Did you actually compare the prices to ToolAndDie.com? I usually find
McMaster-Carr to be in the same price range as MSC.
Example: 3/4" W-1 drill rod x 3' qty 1
Example: 1/4" x 2" x 3' O-1 ground flat stock qty 1
There's an even wider disparity in quantity pricing.
True, both McMaster and MSC both have very low lead times (best I've
seen), but I tend to order early enough that ToolAndDie's slightly longer
lead time doesn't matter.
Also, McMaster generally has a wider selection of sizes and grades
available, and I order from them often because of that.
I usually get W-1 drill rod on sale from Enco. They sometimes have
incredibly low prices on it.