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Local places for metal stock? - April 2, 2013, 05:00 PM

So I'm wrapping up the mods on my HF tire changer and the last thing I want to do is throw a beefier center rod on it (the part you turn the bar against). I need something exactly 3/4" OD and while you'd think that would be fairly easy to find, I've only been able to find it online. Galvanized and black pipe is 7/8" and the largest round stock my local hardware store has is 5/8". Does anyone know a local place with a bigger selection of raw metal stock?



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Check with Jar. There are places in Chantilly and Manassas I believe. (And please post them back to me when you get the names. I'm going to want to pick up some metal stock soon.)

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BMG Metals has better prices, usuall. But they are in Manassjas. That's where i bought the aluminum deck for my trailer.


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Oh yeah, make sure that the diameter you get is still small enough to fit through the smallest wheel bearing diameter.


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Home | Winchester Metals Inc. | Steel Supplier | Virginia

For something that small I'd just order it.

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Fastenal and BMG for sure. Have always found what I needed from them.


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BMG Metals has better prices, usuall. But they are in Manassjas. That's where i bought the aluminum deck for my trailer.
Good call, I thought of them but didn't know there was one right up the street from my place! Now I just gotta figure out how to make it up there since they've got banker hours.

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Oh yeah, make sure that the diameter you get is still small enough to fit through the smallest wheel bearing diameter.
I'm going to keep the smaller diameter bar too just in case I get a wheel with smaller bearings. Doubt I'll really need it though.

I found exactly what I wanted on metalsdepot.com last night but the bar was $6 and shipping was $15. I was hoping to find something locally that I could actually see before buying and save a few bucks in the process. I may still go that route if I can't get up to Fastenal anytime soon. Thanks for the links.


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Good call, I thought of them but didn't know there was one right up the street from my place! Now I just gotta figure out how to make it up there since they've got banker hours.



I'm going to keep the smaller diameter bar too just in case I get a wheel with smaller bearings. Doubt I'll really need it though.



I found exactly what I wanted on metalsdepot.com last night but the bar was $6 and shipping was $15. I was hoping to find something locally that I could actually see before buying and save a few bucks in the process. I may still go that route if I can't get up to Fastenal anytime soon. Thanks for the links.
metals depot is expensive and their shipping is high.

one of the others is likely cheaper with shipping... than buying from a local (non steel) supplier. winchester is about the same as speedy or metals depot.
http://www.fastenal.com/web/products/_/Navigation?term=bar+stock&termca=&termpx=&sortby=w ebrank&sortdir=descending&searchmode=productSearch &rfqXref=&rfqKeyword=&rfqId=&rfqLineId=&r=~|catego ryl1:%22600930%20Raw%20Materials%22|~%20~|category l2:%22600932%20Bars%22|~%20~|categoryl3:%22600937% 20Round%20Stock%22|~%20~|attrdiameter:950|~%20~|sa ttr03:^Steel$|~%20~|sattr04:^1018$|~%20~|attrlengt h:9200|~


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metals depot is expensive and their shipping is high.

one of the others is likely cheaper with shipping... than buying from a local (non steel) supplier. winchester is about the same as speedy or metals depot.
http://www.fastenal.com/web/products/_/Navigation?term=bar+stock&termca=&termpx=&sortby=w ebrank&sortdir=descending&searchmode=productSearch &rfqXref=&rfqKeyword=&rfqId=&rfqLineId=&r=~|catego ryl1:%22600930%20Raw%20Materials%22|~%20~|category l2:%22600932%20Bars%22|~%20~|categoryl3:%22600937% 20Round%20Stock%22|~%20~|attrdiameter:950|~%20~|sa ttr03:^Steel$|~%20~|sattr04:^1018$|~%20~|attrlengt h:9200|~
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BMG is a great spot as mentioned.
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BMG is a great spot as mentioned.
BMG would be great if I lived closer. Looks like my realistic options are either Fastenal or the links Jared posted.


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Yep, I think that's what I'll end up going with. Should be a lot better than the dinky little rod that comes with the tire changer and hopefully it won't flop around as much. Thanks!


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