Aluminum Extrusion Source

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  1. Vinz Klortho

    Vinz Klortho Square Peg Supporter

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    Anyone know of a source for aluminum extrusion "drops"?

    I've called two places locally and they dont sell retail. I'm looking for a piece of L angle, about .25 inch thick, with at least three inch "legs". I only need a six inch long piece.
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  2. tbas3

    tbas3 Been here awhile

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    Not sure how it works in the usa but here in Canada I would just go to the scrap yard. Is there a local one that will let you in? If not there is always online metals. They sell online and in small quantities. Expensive though. Around here almost any welding shop would give you a piece of metal like that as they would consider it scrap.
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    EBay is a cheap source for drops of all kinds of materials and profiles.
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    Never heard of them called "drops" before. Scrap? Leftovers? :scratch

    Learn something every day.
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    Well that was easy. Cost about 15 bucks. Thanks again.

    Yeah. I used to buy stuff from a place in San Antonio. They called them "drops".
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    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

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    Shipping from McM is usually around $7.50 at the lowest. Just got an order a week ago. Only thing with McM is the shipping can be, who knows??


    So, I guess you would have to look around more for cheaper "drops."
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    I go to my local steel fabricator, they specialize in tanks but build all kinds of things. they also have aluminum. they have scrap boxes and sell the bigger pieces at a discount, the smaller stuff they usually just give away.
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    eBay. Lots of small piece for sale.
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    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

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    I have been ordering from McM for 15 years probably once a month. Job related. Used to be Grainger, but their prices went WAYYY up 5 years ago.

    Zoro.com is a spin off of Grainger, has coupons and is cheaper but less selection.
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    A friend of mine has a machine/fabrication shop and gives away any scrap 6XXX alu pieces or chips they have in the bin outside.

    They will only sell the 1XXX pieces or chips and keep that stuff inside the shop.

    If you ask a machine shop for some alu scrap, see if they have any 6,000-series that they will either sell or give you.
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    Tractor Supply stocks various profiles in aluminum (and steel). You might find what you need there. They're not going to be as cheap as some other sources, but maybe you have one nearby.
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    I ordered from McNaster Carr. Foot long piece was $15 plus $8 shipping, no complaints. There's a TSC about 10 minutes from mi casa.

    Thanks all.
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    TeneRay Bitch, I'm fabulous

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    If you have an Alro nearby, they can sell less than full length.
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    McM shipping is faster than stink too. :thumb

    Largest piece Home Despot had was 1/8" thick and 2" spans.

    TSC doesn't have it either. https://www.tscstores.com/Farming-C220.aspx
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    MetalsSupermarket...there's one on MLK in FtWorth
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    A metal chain- Metals Depot sells in one foot increments, etc.. Box store metal forces you to buy 3-4' lengths.
    Many scrap yards no longer allow looking for shorts to fabricate with, at least the larger ones don't want to risk you breaking a leg, so to speak. I mostly do the ebay thing for shorts/drops in metal, plastics or fasteners/hardware items as sellers there know DIY's need small amounts or onesies. I have also scored some deals on various hardware leftovers there, esp. fasteners, washers, etc..
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    We have a local Alro's open a retail outlet near my house and it's great to pick through their drop boxes of various materials. Pay by the pound. Huge selection of material types.
    Is there on near you?
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  20. markk53

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    About any fabrication shop that works with steel and aluminum would likely have scrap or sell stock. I have gotten scrap aluminum for motorcycle bits fabrication from a local fabricator where I used to live. Frequently they'd charge me a couple dollars but at times just said "take it".
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