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Old 09-09-2002, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow what steel size for flatbed?

I am in the design stage of making my flatbed. I have the shape and design fairly well planned out. What I am unsure about is what a good steel size is to use? I think I have it narrowed down to 2x2: .095 or .120 wall, 1.5x2: .095 or .120 wall, or 1.5x1.5: .120 wall. What sizes have been used with good results? This will be a fairly standard box style flatbed.


For just the flatbed frame (no sheetmetal) I will be at about 191lb for the 2x2 .120 wall, 166lb for the 1.5x2 .120 wall, or 140lb for the 1.5x1.5 .120 wall. I don't know why I just typed all that?


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I would go with the .095 wall.

.120 is just over kill for a bed.
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I would go with the .095 wall.

.120 is just over kill for a bed.

So is .095 wall 1.5 square tubing strong enough for a flatbed? This is what I would like to use if its adequate.
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looks good to me.
2 of those used to support the bed should be good to hold better than 1000lbs.
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Old 09-10-2002, 05:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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well you know square tubing is stronger than round tubing
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