Where can I get half inch thick steel plate? Answered

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I'm making something where I need it to be half an inch thick. Don't ask me why but it's defiantly not tank tracks for my 120 horsepower electric tank that I'm designing.

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killerjackalope

Best Answer 8 years ago

Anywhere with the words metalworking in the title. A lot of construction or DIY places can send you in the right direction, you might have trouble with a minimum order, if you know anyone whose line of work involves metal work you could ask them to add it to an order and pay them, plus it'd be at trade price rather than end user.

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Re-design

8 years ago

You can buy that online.  Just google it. 

How are you planning to cut 1/2" steel plate?

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bowmasterRe-design

Answer 8 years ago

I was thinking about one of these choices:

1. Hacksaw, elbow grease, and a whole lot of time.
2. Pay someone who has the proper tools. (waterjet cutter, plasma cutter, etc.)
3. Rent the equipment needed and do it myself.

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steveastroukbowmaster

Answer 8 years ago

Angle grinder with cutoff disk, unless you're going for a strange shape. Waterjet will cost you a lot.

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bowmastersteveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

It's a pretty simple shape, there's just some cuts where an angle grinder would be too big. I'll probably use a dremal.

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corey95bowmaster

Answer 8 years ago

do you know how long it would take to cut through half inch or inch steel plate with a dremal it would take forever it would probably be better to pay some one to do it

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steveastrouk

8 years ago

Depends, of course, where you are, but unless you are making very large pieces, its always more convenient to get steel strip, rather than plate. It comes in pieces up to 21 feet long and 6" wide in 1/2" thick.

Also, get BLACK plate, rather than BRIGHT and save some money.

Steve

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steveastroukbowmaster

Answer 8 years ago

Where are you in the world ? All my sources are UK.

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bowmastersteveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

I'm in the US. But I spent 10 days in the UK when I was 7.

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trf

8 years ago

A scrap yard / metal recycling center may have it..ive seen it at the facility right down the street from where i live but even then expect to pay a hefty price for it..i bought some scrap angle iron...2 bed frame supports worth (just the square ther matress sits on) and it cost me like 20....

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CameronSS

8 years ago

It might be easier to just find some used tracks from something like a skid steer, or whatever size you're looking at. 1/2" steel plate will be expensive to ship (heavy!) and hard to cut.