316 stainless supplier

  1. Jonathan Webb

    Jonathan Webb Member

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    Hi, the stockists ive found near me (Littlehampton) don't carry stainless. I'm after some 316 plate/bar 10mm thick to make 12 plate washers around 75x100mm.
    Any recommendations where I can get this from?
    Many thanks
     
  2. Bladevane

    Bladevane Member

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    Blackburn’s have a depot in Edenbridge
     
  3. scott0031 Member

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    Aalco
    Richard Austin alloys
    Smiths metal centres.
    Personally i wont ever use Blackburns ever ever!

    You may be better off asking a profilers to make the plate washers, water jet or laser.
     
  4. Jonathan Webb

    Jonathan Webb Member

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    Thanks.
    What's wrong with Blackburns?
    I'm not sure how to proceed with the fabrication of the washers. I think I'd concluded that, as there are three sizes of hole, it would probably be cost-effective to get them drilled somewhere. I need to shape these on site, to fit along an elliptical shaped moulding, so planned to do this with a grinder.
    What is a profiler, vs other engineering/machine places?
     
  5. ronan

    ronan Forum Supporter

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    Would you not be just better going to a stainless fabricator or machine shop that works a lot with stainless and having them made up ? Might save a lot of messing around getting materials and then figuring out how to drill or machine them.
     
  6. Jonathan Webb

    Jonathan Webb Member

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    Quite possibly. I'm looking around for costs ATM. It may be worth getting it done all in one, although I have more time than money and it's a one-off DIY job. As there are only a few, I can cut them to size - I'll have to shape them myself anyway. I was planning to start with the steel cost and compare with getting it done: I'd love to not do it!
     
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  7. ronan

    ronan Forum Supporter

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    Why does the stainless have to be 316 rather than 303 or 304, which might be a bit cheaper and if its not near the sea, would do just as well.
     
  8. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Littlehampton is fairly coastal last time I was near there.

    Aalco do a cutting service, and usually do small orders. You might get stung with minimum order charge as it's such a small amount.
     
  9. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    You’re gonna be there a long long time on site trying to grind down 10mm thick stainless plate.
     
  10. Jonathan Webb

    Jonathan Webb Member

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    Could hardly be closer to the sea: they're plate washers to hold the keels on
     
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  11. Jonathan Webb

    Jonathan Webb Member

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    15 minutes apiece from a chap who's been here ahead of me. Some won't need much shaping as shown, plus I can cut them roughly to shape.
     
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  12. ronan

    ronan Forum Supporter

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    AH right, i did not know what you were working on. I have things outside made of 303/304 stainless for over 20 years and they are perfect. But you are right to go with 316 for anything marine.
     
  13. Jonathan Webb

    Jonathan Webb Member

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    No problem, I didn't mention it, for simplicity. 316 all the way here... The original 316 studs are 45 years old and in pretty good condition, with no corrosion evident.
     
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  14. ronan

    ronan Forum Supporter

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    Its a lovely material, we used to use it by the lorry load at work for sewerage treatment machinery, we were allowed to take the left overs and i used to bring a fair bit home.
     
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  15. graffian

    graffian Seer unto the end of his beard

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    If you get stuck try Surrey Stainless, they have always been able to flog me stainless
    that I had difficulty getting elsewhere. They are in Croydon.
     
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