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    today i went to metal supermarkets got 6 feet of 1040 steel $9 per foot and 2 other chunks of 1/2 inch wall tubing $50 ..he gave me a deal of $90 with g.s.t free cutting with that too very nice people

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    I have one down the street from my shop and i use them almost daily during the week, they have great prices, no minimum and they cut the metal for free.

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    • #3
      The one here is a bit more mercenary. Initial visits were ok with reasonable prices, but if the quantity exceeds $25 minimum, then ONeal Too is much cheaper, provided you can handle stock lengths and weights. Their cutting charge is a good bit higher than Metal Supermarkets. I haven't been back to MS though since being charged $4 for a 5"x6" piece of 5/16" plate last summer. Still stunned by that development. (It was in a box of cutoffs.)
      One price I remember from several yrs ago: TGP bar 1.5" nominal was $80 for 21' length from ONeal Too, 8' length of same from MS was $65. I couldn't handle the weight so got it from MS as all I needed was the 8'.
      Steve
      Steve

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      • #4
        [QUOTE=mochinist]I have one down the street from my shop and i use them almost daily during the week, they have great prices, no minimum and they cut the metal for free.[/QUOT

        I hate them they are expensive, and won't bring in anything for me unless I buy the whole stick. They have done this to me for o-1 tool steel even. I needed 2" square 7075 t6, 14". They wanted me to buy 10 or 12 feet of it!

        They advertize they will sell any type of steel in any amount, but thats a lie, at least at their CALGARY store.

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        • #5
          Metal Supermarkets

          I think each store is independantly owned and operated. Might be why there is a variety of prices and service.

          My local MS is wonderful ! They will do nearly anything to help a customer in the Fort Worth, Texas store.

          Lenord

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          • #6
            quasi, Thrud had some wonderful things to say about the store in Edmonton also. I forget what he had to pay for a 2"X4"X4ft long piece of 6061 alu but it was outrageous. He wasn't very happy. I think it curdled his chocolate milk
            I have tools I don't even know I own...

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            • #7
              They are a franchise so each store is individually owned. The one here in Tempe, AZ is terrific.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by quasi
                They advertize they will sell any type of steel in any amount, but thats a lie, at least at their CALGARY store.
                The Calgary MS store is brutal, especially for small hobbyist quantities. They charge like $8/lb for little aluminum scraps that should be in the dumpster.

                I've been shopping at Assorted Metals lately. A new company that caters to small guys/hobbyists and even have a free mystery metal bin which most of the time is perfect for small projects.

                Friendly helpful service without the MS attitude.

                Allan

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                • #9
                  Assorted Metals

                  Alan can you provide a web site or phone number for assorted metals? Are they in Calgary? thankyou

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                  • #10
                    Assorted Metals
                    7008 5 Street SE Bay A,
                    Calgary, AB T2H 2G3
                    Tel. : 403-258-1121
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                    • #11
                      thankyou Evan.

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                      • #12
                        Hmm. I see another trip to Calgary in my future. I will probably be going next month to visit my son and family. I think it will be time to do some shopping...

                        Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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                        • #13
                          Metal Supermarkets

                          There was a Metal Supermarket here in Tallahassee Florida that I used quite a bit. They were especially handy when you only needed a few inches of material and didn't want to buy a whole bar. Just like the folks at Small Parts, they focused their business on small shops with small needs. They saved me time and money in that I only needed a foot or less for most projects. If you wanted longer lengths of aluminum, there was a place in town that would sell you what ever you wanted by the 24' length, at wholesale price.

                          I just found out yesterday that the store here dropped the Metal Supermarket franchise due to lack of business. They were smart, however. They morphed into a fabrication shop and will still sell you whatever you want. I have even been able to get stuff from their scrap pile for free.

                          Jim (KB4IVH)
                          Jim (KB4IVH)

                          Only fools abuse their tools.

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                          • #14
                            FREE- thats my second favorite word besides-HoneycomeherequicklyIwantyoubadlyrightnow! Hear the first one more than the second.
                            mark costello-Low speed steel

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gglines
                              They are a franchise so each store is individually owned. The one here in Tempe, AZ is terrific.
                              That is the one I use, my shop is about a 1/4 of a mile away. Doug and Joe are good guys and always come through wwith good prices.

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