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    Where to buy steel

    I'm getting more into welding/fabrication as a hobby and am just progressing past the stage of working on offcuts and scraps. But I have no idea where to buy steel (box, tube, sheet) for reasonable prices. I'm in Tauranga. Ta.

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    Calling Sidecar Bob...

    Whichever steel merchant you use, get friendly with them. You'll want 5m sticks cut for transport - and possibly sheet cut too.
    Here, I use Steel & Tube mainly. Southwards used to be the place for tube but they've been taken over and disappeared.
    Pity - most of their Chch staff were motorcyclists.
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    I've been to easysteel (in AKL easysteel.co.nz) a couple of times - you need hard hat and vis when going into the loading doc - I take a battery angle grinder and cut 6m lengths to 3m so they'll fit in the car. You can get all sorts there - pipe, tube, sheet, galv etc etc the list is endless. They look at you funny arriving in a car but its a hoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeta View Post
    I take a battery angle grinder and cut 6m lengths to 3m
    Good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Gayner View Post
    Good idea.
    What's he done to offend them ? I get my stuff cut free and keep my hands clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Gayner View Post
    I'm getting more into welding/fabrication as a hobby and am just progressing past the stage of working on offcuts and scraps. But I have no idea where to buy steel (box, tube, sheet) for reasonable prices. I'm in Tauranga. Ta.
    ANY engineering workshop will sell you steel. They will also have "Off-cuts" of various types/sizes/lengths of steel ... basically leftovers from other jobs they've done. Six meter lengths are not always wanted/needed. Most of the guys there are usually free with advice on what will be best for your projects. Don't be afraid to ask stupid questions ... it gives them something to talk about at smoko. Steel and Tube just sell it ... not work with it.
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    Steel and tube.

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    Steel & Tube. Last time I was there they had a off-cuts bin which was handy.

    Sheet metal or alloy in smaller sizing I have been going to steel fabricators and they are happy to do a cash sale and usually find a piece that suits in their bins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    ANY engineering workshop will sell you steel ... it gives them something to talk about at smoko. Steel and Tube just sell it ... not work with it.
    ^^^ This...
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    Not sure how they are location wise for you but we use H J Asmuss for our steel purchasing
    For our region we find them to be better priced & much more helpful
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllanB View Post
    Steel & Tube. Last time I was there they had a off-cuts bin which was handy.

    Sheet metal or alloy in smaller sizing I have been going to steel fabricators and they are happy to do a cash sale and usually find a piece that suits in their bins.
    Alloy in ChCh, go to The Little Metal Company out by the Sockburn roundabout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post
    Alloy in ChCh, go to The Little Metal Company out by the Sockburn roundabout.
    That's the chap - used to be in the city. I've found them very helpful in the past.

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    Cheers lots of good info. Plenty of fab shops around where I work so I'll try to sort something out there. Otherwise Steel & Tube.

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    Really helpful advice for Ch-Ch people but the OP was in Tauranga.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    ANY engineering workshop will sell you steel. They will also have "Off-cuts" of various types/sizes/lengths of steel ... basically leftovers from other jobs they've done. Six meter lengths are not always wanted/needed. Most of the guys there are usually free with advice on what will be best for your projects. Don't be afraid to ask stupid questions ... it gives them something to talk about at smoko. Steel and Tube just sell it ... not work with it.
    Of course they are happy to sell it for 3 times what its worth at steel and tube.

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