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Old 08-08-2017, 07:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sheet Metal Storage solutions

I know another storage question.

How do you guys store your sheet metal and bigger 4x8 sheets of stuff?
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I built a cart to hold our sheet steel... Currently it has 10+ sheets of 1/8th and 4 or 5 sheets of 3/16" on it. It's a bit heavy to move around but it still rolls nicely once you get it started moving.

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And the handiest thing of all this sheet metal lifting clamp... You can clamp it along the top edge in the middle and handle sheets of steel with a cherry picker. Really saves your back!
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depends on what you use to move the sheet metal.


with forklift;
for full sheets, i've got eight foot pallets for every guage and type sheet i have on hand. stacked all together its about 6ft tall. i remove the the pallets above needed size and pull a sheet off.

then for rems they get placed on end in another storage rack.
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How about ideas for those of us who don't have fancy garages, and just work out of smaller 2 bay house garages. Right now I have a few 4x8' sheets just leaning up against the back wall. The clamp up above to move with a picker is great, definitely going to get one. I'm still looking for a better storage means though.
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Beware of using clamps to hold sheet metal not the best thing but it works in a pinch

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I'm looking at specific sheet metal lifting clamps. Your saying they don't work?
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I'm looking at specific sheet metal lifting clamps. Your saying they don't work?
No they work just don't trust them like I do dogs or whatever u wanna call them.

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I was looking at this style. Plus lifting with a engine hoist I would never be under the sheet. more just to move around sheets of 1/8 or 1/4" plate around, as it stands right now its an absolute pain in the ass to work with them.



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And the handiest thing of all this sheet metal lifting clamp... You can clamp it along the top edge in the middle and handle sheets of steel with a cherry picker. Really saves your back!
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Did you build that thing, including a homebrew shackle?
No I ended up with a couple of them from a machine shop auction. They were torch cut and ugly so I cleaned them up with a bandsaw and grinder and added the shackle which I just happened to have. Also added the t-handle to the square headed set screw so that you can tighten it up by hand.

They are basically just 1" thick steel cut into an A shape with a hole tapped through for the set screw...

So yes it is "home built" but not 100% by me.
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I was looking at this style. Plus lifting with a engine hoist I would never be under the sheet. more just to move around sheets of 1/8 or 1/4" plate around, as it stands right now its an absolute pain in the ass to work with them.



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I used those quite a bit at work years ago to drag around I-beams with a little toy forklift. Never had one let go, and they were all cheap crap.
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