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Hi, I'm new to go karting and this forum and I'm starting my first kart build. I was wondering if some guys know some good types of places for buying cheap steel square tubing?
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Here in my country they sell a 6m 1inch square tubing for $7
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Have you called all the metal dealers and visited all the scrap yards around you?
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In my neck of the woods- there is a guy that sells salvage steel for cheap. Try Google and Craigslist and see what you can find.
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Hi, I'm new to go karting and this forum and I'm starting my first kart build. I was wondering if some guys know some good types of places for buying cheap steel square tubing?
Ring around steel shops, try and buy whole lengths (6m usually) It is always cheaper, also take your hacksaw and cut up in the car park to save on cutting fees
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I buy mine at a metal dealer for 5 cents a pound and they cut it for nothing. See if there is a Metal warehouse in your area.
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My local shop is Southwest Steel sales and they never charge me for using the chop saw. But then again I fabricated this from scraps to bring home the 20 footers
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There are not any scraps yards in my area and metal dealers haven't had what I'm looking for but I willl keep on looking for other places that you guys mentioned. Thanks for al the help!
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have you looked online??. i use a site called Discount steel. cheap prices. i usually just order the metal in 6 foot lengths so they dont have to pay a trucker to get it here ive gotten 60 ft of 1 by 1 inch square tube for a total of 45$ with shipping!! brand new too
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I've look online but I haven't found that place. Thanks for the info.
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have you looked online??. i use a site called Discount steel. cheap prices. i usually just order the metal in 6 foot lengths so they dont have to pay a trucker to get it here ive gotten 60 ft of 1 by 1 inch square tube for a total of 45$ with shipping!! brand new too
What's the waal thickness of that tube?

I see one problem with that scenario: What if you need a single piece 6'3" long? Or, you cut a piece 5' long, what do you do with the 1' offcut?
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I just looked at 1 by 1 at discount steel and it was $96 for 60ft without shipping.
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Call around to fabrication shops or people who build gates and ornamental iron. They should have the material & perhaps sell you some 'drops' that are too short for their normal jobs.
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Metal Supermarket, 5620 D San Francisco Rd., NE Albuquerque, N Mex. How about that?
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any of these 27 places should be able to help you http://www.yellowpages.com/albuquerq...el-fabricators
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or perhaps even some of these http://www.yellowpages.com/albuquerq...2C+NM&q=scrap+
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Ok thanks I think I should be able to find a place now.
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im not exactly sure I just measured its about a 16th of an inch. but ive never used a 6"3 piece, that would be a very long, tall, or wide kart lol.id probably just cut 3 inches and welt it on to the other one if I really needed it though. and ninjazoomer3 I live in northern Illinois so I called and they gave me a discount. plus I know a guy there.
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im not exactly sure I just measured its about a 16th of an inch. but ive never used a 6"3 piece, that would be a very long, tall, or wide kart lol.id probably just cut 3 inches and welt it on to the other one if I really needed it though.
That's not the safest practice; if the weld doesn't hold, you spend time in hospital...

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and ninjazoomer3 I live in northern Illinois so I called and they gave me a discount. plus I know a guy there.
It helps to mention little things like that
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That's not the safest practice; if the weld doesn't hold, you spend time in hospital...



It helps to mention little things like that
sorry to anyone i got excited for cheap steel. im new at this lol
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