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  • #16
    I guess I am a Zero Sucks Given sorta person..

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    • #17
      Nice little score there. You didn't even have to get dirty digging in the scrap bin at the recycler.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by ncjeeper View Post
        Nice little score there. You didn't even have to get dirty digging in the scrap bin at the recycler.
        Well funny you should mention that...we lost our only scrap/salvage yard after 40 years in business and I used to love going there every week just to snoop around. Huge loss for guys like me around here, now the only game in town is the new steel companies and out the roof prices that go with that. Friend needed a 3/16" 4x8 sheet of 6061 and the quote was $800 bucks! Hard to believe eh? Man I long for the days of getting my fingers dirty digging through salvage

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        • #19
          Looks like a bargain to me. Onlinemetals wants $73.69 for 3x8” 6061 round bar.
          When I get Time... I'll...

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Hawkeye View Post
            Looks like a bargain to me. Onlinemetals wants $73.69 for 3x8” 6061 round bar.
            Yeah but it's only $28 from xometry. Still not a bad deal by any means, but I wouldn't compare it to online metals.
            21" Royersford Excelsior CamelBack Drillpress Restoration
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            • #21
              Originally posted by The Metal Butcher View Post

              Yeah but it's only $28 from xometry. Still not a bad deal by any means, but I wouldn't compare it to online metals.
              This is gonna sound weird, but thanks for phrasing it like that. Made me realize that i didnt know that Xometry sold stuff just off the shelf, instead of drops and the like, so i went to check them out. Looks like theyve got a decent selection of tooling at pretty good prices as well. Not the best, but not the worst either. That ones going in the bookmarks

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              • #22
                You guys should call up some machine/fab shops in the area and ask about buying any drops from them. For some shops, stuff like this is actually a nuisance. It just accumulates and accumulates with no good way of storing it, then they've got to pull a guy from a paying job to spend half a day sorting it, or loading it in the truck to take to the scrap yard. They'd love for somebody to come in and buy it from them at scrap price, or slightly less and make the process easy. Don't spend 3 hours rifling through their drops rack making a mess and only buy 2 chunk's for $5. Tell them you'll spend at least $50 or $100 or make a blanket offer for a big pile. Sort it at home and sell what you don't want on the local buy and sell, or scrap it yourself. One mans trash.....

                I've bought lots of stuff from a few shops over the years, including the one I work for. You might also make some good contacts for machine time, and other things that are beyond the capabilities of your shop. I even had one guy offer me a job to work nights and weekends lol. $50/hour cash to keep a bar fed lathe happy for a few hours a night and if I got bored between loading bars (no bar feeder) I could use the rest of the shop. Would have taken him up on it too, but the commute was an hour in the opposite direction of my job, which would have left me with a 1:30 hour commute home again.

                Call up a couple shops and ask, wouldn't hurt.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
                  You guys should call up some machine/fab shops in the area and ask about buying any drops from them. For some shops, stuff like this is actually a nuisance. It just accumulates and accumulates with no good way of storing it, then they've got to pull a guy from a paying job to spend half a day sorting it, or loading it in the truck to take to the scrap yard. They'd love for somebody to come in and buy it from them at scrap price, or slightly less and make the process easy. Don't spend 3 hours rifling through their drops rack making a mess and only buy 2 chunk's for $5. Tell them you'll spend at least $50 or $100 or make a blanket offer for a big pile. Sort it at home and sell what you don't want on the local buy and sell, or scrap it yourself. One mans trash.....

                  I've bought lots of stuff from a few shops over the years, including the one I work for. You might also make some good contacts for machine time, and other things that are beyond the capabilities of your shop. I even had one guy offer me a job to work nights and weekends lol. $50/hour cash to keep a bar fed lathe happy for a few hours a night and if I got bored between loading bars (no bar feeder) I could use the rest of the shop. Would have taken him up on it too, but the commute was an hour in the opposite direction of my job, which would have left me with a 1:30 hour commute home again.

                  Call up a couple shops and ask, wouldn't hurt.
                  I have tried this. Machine shops in Florida range from outright hostile, to, "we pay a company to take away our leftovers", to, "ok, I'll help you out, take some of this and that, but I keep my left overs for other projects"
                  Much easier to just buy the stock you need from places like Xometry.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by RB211 View Post

                    I have tried this. Machine shops in Florida range from outright hostile, to, "we pay a company to take away our leftovers", to, "ok, I'll help you out, take some of this and that, but I keep my left overs for other projects"
                    Much easier to just buy the stock you need from places like Xometry.
                    You should call around to some of the places you fly to.....Shirley there's enough room in the cockpit of one of those things to store a few drop on the way home lol
                    Last edited by Dan Dubeau; 01-15-2020, 09:13 AM.

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                    • #25
                      Received my box yesterday also. First time I have tried them. i will be a customer in the future.

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                      • #26
                        Nice box.

                        Not sure it qualifies as suckage since it's an online offer open to everyone... why isn't everyone ordering?

                        It's a slightly better deal than my local Alro Metal Outlet. They sell aluminum drops (mostly 7075, some 6061) at $3/lb, steel at $1/lb, "welding practice" steel at $0.50/lb, red metal (brass/copper) at $5/lb, plastics (delrin, nylon, etc) somewhere around $2/lb. Kinda like a candy store. I have a hard time getting away without spending $100. Finally got smart and now take a list of what I "need." Hasn't quite stopped the "Oh, look at that one!" but its less than it was.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by The Metal Butcher View Post
                          That's good stuff. Especially tye large round.
                          My thoughts also.
                          I'll bet if I looked around my shop, in corners, on shelves and under benches I could put together a couple boxes like that, in aluminum, brass, SS and steel.
                          Maybe I'll start today.

                          JL..............

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by DrMike View Post
                            It's a slightly better deal than my local Alro Metal Outlet.
                            I know exactly the location you mean, and it is hugely convenient. But the prices are mostly horrible. Alro has always been outrageous. I remember pricing Acetal from them a few years ago in bulk and the price was awful.

                            The history of that "outlet" is sorta interesting. Just up the street there was a small CNC shop called "ASAP Source". They smartly used some of their space to stock materials for retail. In a lot of cases they were short pieces cut for sale (3' etc) to provide a nice selection, and in some cases it was drops. But their prices were very good. It was awesome! Then Alro bought the rights to that part of the business and opened their location. Prices were high to begin with but not outrageous. Now they are pretty outrageous.

                            Funny story about ASAP. In the mid 90's I needed some steel to make AXA toolholders. I dragged a friend to various scrap places in Detroit on a multi-hour quest and didn't find anything close to suitable. Then, when I got home, I drove the ONE MILE to ASAP and bought what I needed off the shelf at a very good price. And because it was clean and straight, I didn't even need to do any work on the external surfaces.

                            A few years back I contacted a local machine shop for drops. It was not a small place, nor a job shop. The owner let me come by and escorted me through the shop to the bins. This was a pretty formal place, and it was pretty clear this was not typical. The alu had just been picked up so there was none. The ferrous drops were awesome. Pieces of 6" round, 14" long, etc. My mistake was not taking more, because when I contacted him again months later he did not reply to my email, and I did not pester him again.

                            Shops are getting almost nothing for mild steel scrap. Approx .25 for SS and alu.

                            I recently paid a buck a pound for alu and SS. At that price I should probably resell the SS.

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                            • #29
                              Nothing like having material when you need it - sounds like a good deal you'll have to show us what transforms out of all that sometime...

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by alanganes View Post

                                Oh come on! You've been around herre long enough to know that "You suck" in this context is a compliment and an admission of mild jealousy. It's part of The Rule of Gloat

                                Gave Clough42 a "You suck" the other day for his latest YouTube control box project...beautiful!
                                Apparently, went over like a led zeppelin.
                                Len

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