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jwfilion
04-10-2009, 03:09 PM
I am looking for metal suppliers in Canada. There are none locally or closer than a few hundred kilometers. I have done web searchs, but have found only U.S. suppliers. Those suppliers I've found, ship only UPS. After being subjected to the UPS blood-letting brokerage fee, I can no longer go this route. I'm sure there must be some that ship through the post on small orders. Can anyone help?

motorworks
04-10-2009, 03:22 PM
Perhaps the largest in Canada and most arrogant
russelmetals
http://www.russelmetals.com/english/service/operations/canada/index.html

also try
http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/nonUS/MSC-storefinder.aspx

ClintonH
04-10-2009, 04:17 PM
Yep I'll second Metalsupermarket, they haven't come down in price as much as they should but it's still cheaper than getting it shipped from the US. That's where I get most of my metal unless I can find it at Maple leaf metals, but they are just a scrap dealer.

jwfilion
04-10-2009, 04:49 PM
Thanks guys, I'll check them out.

hardtail
04-10-2009, 05:06 PM
Work dumpster..........LOL

Mcgyver
04-10-2009, 05:25 PM
MS serve a function but are very expensive. google steel distributor or service centres in the nearest population cebtre and phone around.

I use Mr. Metal in Toronto, same idea as Metal supermarket; a small MRO service centre. Dan is a buddy of mine so i can't claim the usual no-conflict stuff, but I'd be surprised if he wasn't 30-50% less than Metal Supermarkets....i don't know how set up he is for shipping but you can ask

gunsmith
04-10-2009, 05:40 PM
Have you tried scrap metal dealers. You would be amazed at what you can pick up for pennies. Also there is Inland Metal if you are near the south side of Lake Simcoe. I have been using them for years and very seldom ever had to buy retail.

john buck
04-10-2009, 06:31 PM
Online metals in seattle sends via US Postal service. Anyway, you need to
say where in canadas north you are located. It's huge.

Mcgyver
04-10-2009, 06:45 PM
inland will still let you go in and poke around eh, nice. would have figured liability insurance would have put a stop to it. I remember doing that as a kid at Inland for machine shop projects, in the winter with my mom out in front sitting in the car while I looked through the shed for prizes freezing my ass off. hehe, good mom, eh?

jwfilion
04-10-2009, 11:13 PM
Sorry, that should have read northern Manitoba Canada. I'm retired from a mining job. The mine's closed now and the closest town is Thompson, another mining town. One jobber shop there and they don't give away anything. I've heard they have a deal with a scrap dealer down south. I will continue my search. Thanks all.

hardtail
04-10-2009, 11:18 PM
What type of stuff are you seeking, shorts, exotics, etc?

Contact the King of Obsolete in Lynn Lake, you can google search him, he can likely have 130,000 lbs headed your way, road bans or not.......LOL

jwfilion
04-11-2009, 12:53 AM
Online metals in seattle no longer sends via US Postal service. They are stricklt UPS now.

I'm mostly looking for shafting, plate and the odd piece of aluminum. This guy in Lynn Lake is unknown to me, but will check him out. If he's in Lynn Lake, I can only image the stuff he's selling, probably used mining equiptment from the 50's.

hardtail
04-11-2009, 01:33 AM
Thats pretty much it and I think he likes the word recycling......LOL

http://www.kingofobsolete.ca/

camdigger
04-13-2009, 03:04 PM
I can't believe there isn't a place like Russelmetals in Winterpeg??!? For very small quantities of shafting how about Princess Auto http://www.princessauto.com/PAcountry.cfm?CTRY=CAN&INF=home ? A Manitoban institution among the farmers, hobbyists, and light industry Canada wide.

http://www.brunswicksteel.com/index.html
Google gives repeated hits for Foulliard in St Lazare

http://www.russelmetals.com/english/service/operations/canada/russel_metals.html

For recycled metals..http://www.scraptradingpost.com/dealers/manitoba/


No affiliation blah, blah, blah.

I have no vested interest, I work 3 provinces away in a different industry...

jwfilion
04-13-2009, 08:48 PM
camdigger, thanks for your reply. Princess Auto used to have some shafting years ago, but no longer. They were the first I thought of. The rest I do not know. They did not come up on my search. I will call them all and hope for the best. Thanks again.

camdigger
04-13-2009, 09:05 PM
camdigger, thanks for your reply. Princess Auto used to have some shafting years ago, but no longer. They were the first I thought of. The rest I do not know. They did not come up on my search. I will call them all and hope for the best. Thanks again.

JW, the shafting now appears as Keyed shafting pgs 77 or so in the current catalog download (available off the Princess Auto link previously posted). I bought some out of Cowtown about a month ago, and they had 3' and 6' in stock here..

Andrew_D
04-13-2009, 09:11 PM
Google gives repeated hits for Foulliard in St Lazare



I have shopped at Foulliard's before. They have or can get damn near anything. If you've ever been to St. Lazare, you'll soon see that the Foulliard family owns half the town. They have stores for: metal, furniture, appliances, farm machinery, carpet, etc. etc. etc. Foulliard Steel stocks all kinds of "normal" stuff as well as odds and ends of lots of odd ball stuff.

Andrew

jwfilion
04-13-2009, 09:55 PM
camdigger, apparently, I am mistaken about Princess Auto. They simply moved the metals to the welding section. I decided to look for some welding rods and there it was. I guess they thought the farmers could use some pretty big "filler" rod.;)

Oldbrock
04-15-2009, 01:29 AM
Try Encoremetals in cowtown. AB

airsmith282
04-15-2009, 10:13 AM
you can got salvage yards for metal, as well as local fab shops etc. we have EMJ canada where i live , also there is metal super markets a well. another place if you dont mind paying extra for some stuff is fastenal, i get my virgin teflon from them good price to..