Anyone have a good online source for free cutting mild steel (in the UK)?
I'm also interested in general in recommendations on where to get stock. I normally end up on eBay or buying from RS, but does anyone have any good recommendations for other online shops to use, or real bricks and mortar places in the vicinity of Harlow?
We have a metal supermarket franchise locally in Southampton which is useful for small quantities. Might be one near you? Mail order steel starts costing real postage even for modest quantities. Have you looked at EYP for local steel stockholders?
Hi Here's a tip - the next time you go to a 'metal supermarkets' franchise. Take a small magnet! Last time I went and had a jolly good rummage around their 'mild steel' offcuts, one of the things I came away with a bar of hex 25mm a/ f around a metre long. It turned out to be stainless steel (non- magnetic), I never realised until I had broken about three drills in the stuff. Anyway, the remainder has now gone into 'stock' - so I saved myself quite a few =A3 - assuming that I actually have a need for SS that size sometime in the future!
They are pretty competitive on price, especially if you can use offcuts rather than cut-to-length. If local, you obviously save a huge amount on postage costs from usual suppliers.
I've had good service from Mallard Metals and also from EKP supplies for small quantities. EKP is often cheaper but Mallard has a wider range. Worth shopping around - prices can vary hugely on small amounts of metal - as can P&P charges,