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How expensive is aluminum treadplate?

How difficult is it to work with? Not welding or bending it, just cutting panels out of it...what's the best way to go about that?

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a 4'x8' .25" sheet is about 120.00. For flat work I use a jig saw or you can get a 10.00 blade to go in a table saw or worm drive
 

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Hmm, good news, cause I have a jigsaw <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

I had a feeling it would cost at least that much, though <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
 

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Hey Old Scout, where did you find a price/quote for .250 tread like that at???

THat seems awefully cheap to me.. I remember
getting prices on .125" 4x8 brite-tread
for like 160/per sheet.....

clue me in here will ya?
 

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it come in 4 x 12 sheets. most places will charge you 25 bucks extra to cut it to 4 x 8. check out thier 4 x 12 price.
 

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Originally posted by Sherpa:
[QB]getting prices on .125" 4x8 brite-tread
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The words "brite tread" caught my attention.
Are we talking about the polished shiney stuff like truck toolboxes are made out of? Or just plain looking stuff? Or is it all the same? Whatever the case, it would end up painted. Sorry if these are dumb questions <IMG SRC="smilies/rasta.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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damn old scout that is very cheap for .250
recent prices i got from various places
.120 200-325 for 4x8
.250 550-700 for 4x8 <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0">
these were from wholesale supply shops
alcoa was the cheapest but only had .120
where in the wrld did you find it that cheap .

oh yeah i cut it with a plasma cutter or jig saw

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Originally posted by Loknlod762:
<STRONG>The words "brite tread" caught my attention.
Are we talking about the polished shiney stuff like truck toolboxes are made out of? Or just plain looking stuff? Or is it all the same? Whatever the case, it would end up painted. Sorry if these are dumb questions <IMG SRC="smilies/rasta.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Yeah, the term "Brite-tread" is the shiney
stuff you see pick-up tool boxes made from.
The regular alum diamond plate is the same
flat-finish as regular aluminum sheeting.

Actually I remember those .125" 4x8 price
quotes at around $175/per sheet.
no per sq foot price difference for 4x8or
4x12. Prices were from Amalco Metals in
Union City. Really nice folks...
 

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damn old scout that is very cheap for .250
recent prices i got from various places
.120 200-325 for 4x8
.250 550-700 for 4x8 <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0">
these were from wholesale supply shops
alcoa was the cheapest but only had .120
where in the wrld did you find it that cheap .

oh yeah i cut it with a plasma cutter or jig saw

L8
 

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Originally posted by Sherpa:
<STRONG>Yeah, the term "Brite-tread" is the shiney
stuff you see pick-up tool boxes made from.
The regular alum diamond plate is the same
flat-finish as regular aluminum sheeting.
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And so the next question would be, is there a usually price difference?
 

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Other than ease of working and weight, why go Aluminum? I believe steel is usually cheaper and you can avoid some nasty corrosion issues with steel/aluminum contact. Steel is stronger too.

Maybe I'm overly concerned about corrosion. Any experiences out there to share?
 

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Originally posted by Screwzer:
<STRONG>Other than ease of working and weight, why go Aluminum? I believe steel is usually cheaper and you can avoid some nasty corrosion issues with steel/aluminum contact. Steel is stronger too.

Maybe I'm overly concerned about corrosion. Any experiences out there to share?</STRONG>
Other than those two reasons, well, those are the only two reasons I have. With the idea I was working on, if I used steel it would be HEAVY. I think.
 

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I guess houses arn't the only thing cheaper in the valley! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

I'm buying it from a client for a 100.00 a sheet! He buys it in 10 sheet lots. I will ask who he is getting it from. Blue Collar Supply in sac is retail level pricing and getting 160.00 .

[ 09-19-2001: Message edited by: Old Scout ]
 

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I believe the shiney stuff is not heat-treated and relatively soft and easy to work with.

The dull finish, as I found, was more expensive as it is heat-treated and much more durable.

Jay
 
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