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16 gauge not available

Post by Jumpingjohnney » April 21st, 2018, 9:04 am

Went to order my tubing yesterday and was told by the 2 local shops that neither could get 16 gauge steel due to the market? Only 14 gauge. Looking for any thoughts on why I shouldn’t or should go this way. Do you think it will add a lot more weight? Or would it be negligible?



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Re: 16 gauge not available

Post by alleyrat58 » April 21st, 2018, 6:45 pm

It'll add a bit more weight. Plan your wheels well. The cheaper pneumatic casters from TSC are a hassle. I'd recommend some lawn tractor tires.


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Re: 16 gauge not available

Post by Jumpingjohnney » April 21st, 2018, 8:43 pm

Luckily I already overdid the wheels. Ordered the ones off McMaster. Cost twice as much as the tubing. Thanks for the response.



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Re: 16 gauge not available

Post by Dirtytires » April 22nd, 2018, 11:39 am

The difference in weight is 0.63 pounds per square foot of sheet steel....add a bit more weight but not too bad.



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Re: 16 gauge not available

Post by Cole » April 23rd, 2018, 5:00 am

I would consider 14 ga for the tubing and sheeting, much easier to weld and little cost difference.



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