US source for 25.4mm stainless tube

New Home Forum LowRider Advice – LowRider US source for 25.4mm stainless tube

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  • #63732

    Tom Cole
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    Anyone have a better source than Amazon?

    #63733

    BT
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    I used Speedy Metals. Total including taxes and shipping was $129.

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    #63738

    Mike M.
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    I second Speedy Metals – that is who I used.

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    #63745

    Barry
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    I’ve used speedy metals, and these guys.

    https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/

     

    There’s a metal supermarket about an hour from me, so no shipping.

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    #65229

    Jason Collins
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    Does anyone have measurements for the tubes and it also looks like there is a piece of 90-degree angle on the unit?  How many of each length is needed?

    #65232

    BT
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    No 90-degree angle metal.  The tube lengths vary based on your table size.  You can use the size calculator on the LowRider page to calculate the tube dimensions.  The same calculator works for both the original LowRider and LowRiderV2.

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    #65233

    Jason Collins
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    BT,

     

    Help me out here.  What am I missing?  This certainly looks like a piece of angle on the very back running the width of the unit.

    #65312

    Joshua Whitehead
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    If you look at his YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4tD9G1uOC4v

    That’s a non-structural piece, probably angle aluminum, zip-tied on just for supporting a shop vac hose.  Should be fine assembling the machine and then measuring it if you want to add the hose support.

    #65343

    frosty
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    Zoro.com has 6′ lengths for $36, free shipping over $50 and 20% off w/ code SAVESERIOUS (no idea how long that’s good for).

    https://www.zoro.com/zoro-select-tubing-welded-1-in-6-ft-304-ss-3adh2/i/G0711304/

    As for that angle-piece, it will add some amount of additional strength to the gantry by preventing the tube clamps from rotating inward (how much is not clear).

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    #65364

    Ryan
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    The same calculator works for both the original LowRider and LowRiderV2.

    They are different, by a tiny bit. I will make a new one today. I have the equations in the build thread.

    #65397

    Jason Collins
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    Regarding tubes, can I buy 1″ OD mild steel pipe from Home Depot?  They are .065 wall thickness.  Do you have any experience with that?  I can’t imagine strength on a ~4ft run would be much different than stainless.  The only drawback I can think of might be rust, but a coating of spray lacquer would likely provide enough protection.  What are your thoughts?

    #65406

    frosty
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    Regarding tubes, can I buy 1″ OD mild steel pipe from Home Depot? They are .065 wall thickness.

    Do you have link for the tubing you are talking about? The only 1.000″ OD tubing I can find on the website is this, and it is only available in 36″ lengths. According the the calculator that would give you only 25″ of X width on the gantry.

    #65422

    Jason Collins
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    Frosty,

    That’s not mild steel pipe.  That is conduit.  Here is what I am talking about and it comes in 10ft lengths.

     

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-in-x-10-ft-Black-Steel-Pipe-585-1200HC/100535170

    #65438

    frosty
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    Frosty,

    That’s not mild steel pipe. That is conduit. Here is what I am talking about and it comes in 10ft lengths.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-in-x-10-ft-Black-Steel-Pipe-585-1200HC/100535170

    If you read the specs, that is 1″ ID, 1.315″OD pipe. And yes the tubing I linked can be used as conduit, but it is not a standard EMT conduit size or finish.

    #65919

    Tim
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    In Australia I’ve found 1″ chrome plated steel pipe used for bathroom fixtures.  (Towel and shower rails.)

    Seems fairly solid so I’ll try it, it’s cheap so I can always swap to stainless later if needed.

    #65924

    frosty
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    In Australia I’ve found 1″ chrome plated steel pipe used for bathroom fixtures. (Towel and shower rails.)

    Seems fairly solid so I’ll try it, it’s cheap so I can always swap to stainless later if needed.

    Ryan did some flex tests of various tubing options and the 1″ shower curtain rod he tried was too soft: “too weak the bearings left a groove on the first pass”.

    Stainless Steel – Quick and dirty flex test

    #65986

    Jeff Lawrence
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    Just stopped by the local metal supply (st. louis, MO)

    Stainless 1″ .065 was $3.25 a foot. They had a number of cheaper options in other forms of steel, does it really have to be stainless? Alloy aside does the method of forming matter? Lots of options between ERW and DOM methods (https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/difference-between-erw-dom-and-seamless-tube/)

    I have scoured the site but really struggling to understand what is needed and what would work and what wouldn’t be ideal.

    #65995

    Barry
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    Just stopped by the local metal supply (st. louis, MO)

    Stainless 1″ .065 was $3.25 a foot. They had a number of cheaper options in other forms of steel, does it really have to be stainless? Alloy aside does the method of forming matter? Lots of options between ERW and DOM methods (https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/difference-between-erw-dom-and-seamless-tube/)

    I have scoured the site but really struggling to understand what is needed and what would work and what wouldn’t be ideal.

    It doesn’t have to be stainless, but stainless is stiffer than plain steel.  It also won’t corrode, depending on where you are, that could be an issue.  Forming doesn’t matter but, if you get the welded it won’t be quite as round, and will have a seam bump.  As long as the seam isn’t where a bearing rides on the tube it’s fine.

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    #66008

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Thanks B. I think I should update the FAQ’s. This sort of thing is coming up all the time.

    #66061

    Jeff Lawrence
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    Thanks all – I was clear on pipe vs tube (and related dimmensional aspects) but the information on which alloys and forming techniques are appropriate would be a good FAQ item.

     

    #67208

    rolland elliott
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    https://www.myalro.com/SmartGrid.aspx?SGCol=Pipe%20/%20Tube&SGRow=STAINLESS%20STEEL&SGPoint=0118&SGName=ROUND%20TUBE

    I use alro.com
    They are very cheap in bulk, but not too hot if you only need 12 feet. If you have a local store though you can go and ask for drops which are cheap.

    I am surprised everyone is using such thin walled tube? Why not make it 1/8″ thick walls and have it nice and stiff? Maybe it woudl be too heavy to move around? If that is the case anodized aluminum might be an alternative.

    #68174

    Barry
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    https://www.myalro.com/SmartGrid.aspx?SGCol=Pipe%20/%20Tube&SGRow=STAINLESS%20STEEL&SGPoint=0118&SGName=ROUND%20TUBE

    I use alro.com

    They are very cheap in bulk, but not too hot if you only need 12 feet. If you have a local store though you can go and ask for drops which are cheap.

    I am surprised everyone is using such thin walled tube? Why not make it 1/8″ thick walls and have it nice and stiff? Maybe it woudl be too heavy to move around? If that is the case anodized aluminum might be an alternative.

    Aluminum is too soft, even after anodizing.  Eighth inch walls just add mass, not worth it for the tiny amount of stiffness it adds.

    #68298

    Joseph Reilly
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    anyone have a good UK source?

    #70200

    Harry T
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    Joseph – for UK sources, I’m looking at the following:

    £73 – £88 inc from Amazon
    2 x £22 inc VAT&del https://smile.amazon.co.uk/25mm-1-5mm-Stainless-Steel-1500mm/dp/B01G1WEJVQ/
    4 x £11 inc VAT&del https://smile.amazon.co.uk/25mm-1-5mm-Stainless-Steel-500mm/dp/B01G1WEIGC/
    or
    1 x £28.60 2m if can be cut -> 4 x 400mm + offcut: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/25mm-1-5mm-Stainless-Steel-2000mm/dp/B01G1WEL5K/

    £68 inc VAT&del from eBay
    2 x £17 1500mm and 4 x £8 500mm https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EXHAUST-TUBING-PIPE-304-STAINLESS-STEEL-HIGH-QUALITY-REPAIR-SECTIONS-/112579591072

    £113 inc VAT (del £0 ?) 5m – £18.84/m + VAT + delivery https://www.andythornton.com/stainless-steel-tube-25mm-atsstr25-304-1002

    £85 inc VAT & del 6m+6 cuts – https://www.themetalstore.co.uk/products/6m-lengths-304-grade-stainless-steel-tube

    £27+VAT+cuts+shipping https://www.metalswarehouse.co.uk/product/stainless-steel-round-tube/
    — I’m waiting on a quote from their contact form as the custom cut calculator doesn’t work.

    I’ll let you know what I end up with…

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