Steel supplier in Western suburbs of Chicago?

I would like to find a good steel supplier in western suburbs of
chicago, preferably one that is open on Saturdays. Looked at yellow
pages and I am not finding much. Anyone uses a particular one?
I need some angles, flats, and inthe future, square tubes.
thanks
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Ignoramus4243
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Your not gonna find a sat. shop. Northern Illinois steel Corp. Channahon Il.
Steel to exotics in stock and a major supplier in Will Co. and surrounding areas. Rt6 to Industrial Drive right by the Empress Casino to be geographically close for reference.
Rob
Fraser Competition Engines Chicago, IL. Long Beach, CA.
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RDF
Can't help too much on the west side, but I use Kloster Steel, they are closer to down town. Good people there. Not sure if they are open Saturdays though, as we use them for my company during the week. Worth a call if your interested. They are near Randolph and Ogden. Let me know if you want more info.
Jim
Reply to
coolcamaro79
Thanks, I will keep them in mind. They are about 25 miles from me.
i
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Ignoramus4243
This is PERFECT for me. I called them and the person on the phone was very nice. They open at 6am, which is very helpful. They can order hot rolled steel for me, takes a couple of days. I told them that I am just an amateur with a garage, not some big shot, and he said that he was fine with that.
I need some idea of what is good prices. Say, how much is a sensible price to pay for 1.5" (for a greenhouse) and 3" (for trailer) angle iron or a 4" I beam (for generator frame)?
thanks!!!!
i
Reply to
Ignoramus4243
Found another one next to the one you mentioned
William J Matthews Inc Steel Supplier Address: 215 N Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60607 Phone: (312) 666-1388
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Reply to
Ignoramus4243
Wow, that's close to me. I just make orders with a chassis builder for a discount we split. I'll have to check them out. Do you want maybe a chance to try some tig work on my gear I have pretty much everything up and running. I'm in the Loop. Maybe check out some of the different torches and such, see what you like before dropping cash into it? Just a thought.
Rob
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RDF
That's an interesting thought. I work in the loop... Where are you? You can write me at ichudov AT algebra DOT com or ichudov AT yahoo DOT com (to make sure that your email gets here, write to both addresses). If I use your equipment, I would like to compensate you at least for inert gas and electricity and consumables.
Thanks!
i
Reply to
Ignoramus4243
No biggie, I weld in my apt. now that my shop is in moving mode. Michigan ave at Roosevelt in front of Grant Park. Just find some scraps, I'm short but plenty of gas and filler so don't sweat it. I have an Aerowave and a SD180 along with my plasma cutter and mig. Yea, my kitchen is a bit of a weird place but ya gotta make do with what you have.... For $2300.00 a month in rent I'll weld and the kitchen and like it!
Rob
Reply to
RDF
Thanks Rob... I will try to find some scraps now... I am also low on scraps... I have plenty of aluminum aircraft parts saved up in a big pile, but little steel.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus4243
Aircraft parts? Oh please elaborate- you have a source?
Rob
Reply to
RDF
Metal Express, in Addison and Loves Park (near Rockford).
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Mike Young
C'mon, Rob, it's Iggy you're talking to. He's got more sources than Radar O'Reilley.
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Dave Hinz
I consider these parts to be worthless crap (most of the time). I sell military surplus stuff and sometimes I get pallets with valuable stuff, plus a shitload of worthless junk. Examples: Tiny stainless compressor blades, the size of a matchbox, that originally cost $25 each. Looking like shark teeth. What should I do with them? Aircraft pieces, all aluminum, which I initially wanted to use as holders for chicken feed containers in my chicken coop, but now they are in a pile in the bushes. An aluminum F-16 test set. My son has a piece of that test set that he considers to be a toy TV, because it has a square opening. I have a nice stainless tubular piece from an F-4 aircraft, 4" diameter and 8 inches long, maybe 7 lbs of stainless steel. Etc etc. Military surplus dealing is finding gold nuggets in a big pile of manure.
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Ignoramus4243
they seem to have pretty outrageous prices... unless I am mistaken.
$23.55 per 10 ft of 2x2x1/4" steel angle.
Maybe I misunderstood what I heard on the phone, but I was quoted under $5 per such piece by the second dealer I mentioned.
i
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Ignoramus4243
Iggy,
There used to be a place like Metal Express in Addison or a nearby suburb, but they may have gone out of business. Places like that are much better for supplying a few inches of stock for a project and probably prohibitively expensive for the size and quantity of metal that would be needed to build a trailer.
For medium quantities (1, 3, or 6 foot lengths) I buy from McMaster-Carr, which usually ships from Elmhurst, IL. Their prices are probably a little high, but they'll usually deliver within two days and I'm pretty sure that the Will Call desk is open on Saturday mornings. Enco's prices are usually better for mail order, but the selection is much more limited. There are also a couple of scrap yards near me (a bit west of you) that have been good for accumulating various odd stock if you don't mind mystery metal.
If you want more commercial sources for larger stock, email me and I will see who the shop at work (Lemont, IL) buys from.
Mike
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Mike Henry
Iggy,
There used to be a place like Metal Express in Addison or a nearby suburb, but they may have gone out of business. Places like that are much better for supplying a few inches of stock for a project and probably prohibitively expensive for the size and quantity of metal that would be needed to build a trailer.
For medium quantities (1, 3, or 6 foot lengths) I buy from McMaster-Carr, which usually ships from Elmhurst, IL. Their prices are probably a little high, but they'll usually deliver within two days and I'm pretty sure that the Will Call desk is open on Saturday mornings. Enco's prices are usually better for mail order, but the selection is much more limited. There are also a couple of scrap yards near me (a bit west of you) that have been good for accumulating various odd stock if you don't mind mystery metal.
If you want more commercial sources for larger stock, email me and I will see who the shop at work (Lemont, IL) buys from.
Mike
Reply to
Mike Henry
$5 is what I might pay for a couple of 2x4's at Menards. $25 for 10' is in the ballpark for small quantities. Just the same, it's easy enough to check their prices online.
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Mike Young
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SmokinJo
I am not sure of the prices for what you are asking for.
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