Peter’s Metalwork: Metalwork Suppliers

Metalwork Suppliers

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Overview

Often finding the materials or tools for a project takes longer than actually doing the project. In Australia, this is even more so. This page is an effort to try to help Australian hobby metalwork enthusiasts find tools or materials. I will add comments and supplier details as I learn them. Rating is subjective and based on website, customer service, quality, product range.

Please contact me with any additions or comments on any of these suppliers.

The Recomendations section lists different things you might be looking for and recommended suppliers to look at.

One option when looking for anything is to check eBay Australia for tools and material, and your local scrap merchant or metal recycling places for raw materials. But remember that you may not (in the latter case, probably will not) know what quality material you will find, and arbitrary alloys may machine very poorly when compared to free machinging materials.

Also, for expensive tools, remember to check outside Australia, places like Little Machine Shop in the USA or Chronos in the UK may have what you are looking for, and may be cheaper even after allowing for shipping, especially if your need is not urgent.

Also, there are many hardware stores that sell basic tools and things like drill presses and such - this site will not be a general hardware store listing. If the store does not sell things that are specific to lathes, mills, or metal casting, it likely will not be listed here.

Recomendations

This section will be filled out in more detail over time as people contact me or I learn things.

WhatRecommended Supplier
Books Minitech and E. & J. Winter
Lathes/MillsHare & Forbes has a wide range of equipment.
Minitech are excellent to deal with.
Locomotives Model Engineering Supplies, E. & J. Winter
Metals Minitech has a small range.
offcuts-galore on OZtion has some.
Local scrap or metal merchants.
Model EnginesMinitech has a wide range of model engines.
Steam Fittings Model Engineering Supplies, E. & J. Winter, HobbyMechanics
Small PartsSmall Parts & Bearings has a wide range of all sorts of bits and pieces.

Suppliers

Below is a list of suppliers who sell materials useful to hobby metalworking.

NameLocationMailRatingComments
AAA Aluminium Clayton, Melbourne ? ? Cut to length, sell in small quantities, good prices.
Automation Direct Various Yes ? Drives, PLCs, motion control.
Bits of Steel Supplies Brisbane North No ? Wide range of steel products, plus aluminium and stainless. Good helpful service for DIY.
Bob Young Frame Supplies Melbourne No ? Small offcuts of steel and aluminium sheet and tube available.
19 Graham Road Clayton South 3169. Phone 01 9548 3477.
Bohler Uddeholm Various No ? Carry a range of graded steels (including 4140), cast iron etc. will cut to any size.
They also carry brass, aluminium, bronze, copper.
Capral Various No ? Aluminium.
Carba-Tec Various Yes 7 Wide range of tools and machines for metalwork and woodwork.
Classic Fasteners Welland, SA Yes ? Large range of fasteners. Nuts, Bolts, Washers, Spanners, Taps & Dies
Recoil, Loctite, Tenax, Veltax
Consolidated Plastics & Epoxy QLD ? ? Many kinds of plastics
Consilium Designs UK Yes ? Sells Polymorph, a Low temperature (60C) mouldable plastic, and other useful bits
Cutting Tools Australia Kirrawee, NSW ? ? Quality cutting tools.
Di Candilo Steel City Bayswater, Perth ? ? Mild steel - they will cut to size or you can go out into the shed and buy scrap for $1.00 a Kg or offcuts at a reduce price.
E. & J. Winter Medowie NSW Yes 7 Big range of plans and castings for locomotives and engines.
Big range of boiler fittings, imperial fasteners (BA series).
Big range of books.
Big range of material.
Big range of taps & dies, drills/mills, O-rings, etc.
E-PLAS Various No ? All plastics including Delrin, PE, PVC, etc.
eBay Australia - Yes Mixed Many different people sell many different things.
Good range.
Ozmestore has a large range. shirestainless has a range of nuts and bolts.
Eccles Foundry Perth, WA No ? Small custom castings.
Engineering Tools Australia Internet Yes ? Drills, milling tools, lathe tools, lathes, reamers, etc.
Fiora Machinery Perth, WA ? 8 Big range of Lathes, Mills, CNC, Bandsaws, etc.
Big range of tools and accessories.
Appears to be a reseller for Hare & Forbes.
geofftools eBay ? ? Range of tools and accessories.
George Weston & Sons Brisbane, QLD ? ? Range of brass, copper and bronze. Very helpful staff.
George White Clayton, Melbourne ? ? Cut to length, sell in small quantities, good prices. Aluminium, Brass, Copper, Various Bronzes
General Tools Adelaide, SA ? ? Big range of Lathes, Mills, CNC, Bandsaws, etc.
Big range of taps & dies, drills/mills, etc.
Range of milling and measuring accessories.
Range of hand and power tools.
Appears to be a reseller for Hare & Forbes.
Hare & Forbes Bris, Melb, Perth, Syd Yes 7 Very big range of Lathes, Mills, Accessories.
Mediocre website.
Free catalog.
Hi-speed Tooling Perth No 8 Good service, convenient and reasonable prices. No lathes though.
HobbyMechanics Brisbane, Qld Yes ? Big range of steam fittings.
Big range of material.
Big range of taps & dies, drills/mills, etc.
Books, Balls, Plans, Rivets, Fasteners.
K2 Engineering Supplies Perth, WA ? ? Range of tools & accessories.
Poor website.
Light Spars of Australia Vic ? ? Good size ally tube and others. He also has imperial sizes. Quite Helpful. Phone (03) 95554622.
LPR Toolmakers Vic Yes ? Range of tools & accessories.
McJING Tools Sydney, NSW ? ? Range of taps & dies, mills/drills, collets, etc.
Poor website (starts good, then gets errors).
People occasionally have problems with incorrectly supplied items, but they seem to always work things out.
Mick Moyle’s Sydney, NSW Yes ? Nice Metric to Imperial and Drill Tapping website indexes.
Big range of taps & dies, mills/drills, collets, chasers, reamers, chucks, etc.
Poor website.
Minature Steam Montrose, Melbourne Yes ? friendly place with a wide range of stuff
Tools, raw materials, fasteners as well as their main business of steam engine bits and peices.
Hard-to-find items like BA screws and 45% silver solder.
Model Boats (Static & R/C).
Good website.
Sherline Lathes, Mills, etc.
Minitech Brisbane, Qld Yes 9 Big range, good service, reasonable prices.
Great website.
Lathes, Mills, Bandsaws, Tools, Accessories.
Big range of books.
Big range of model engine kits (hit & miss, hot air, steam).
Small range of materials (Silver Steel, BMS, Brass).
Model Engineering Supplies Tullamarine, Vic Yes 7 Big range, good service, reasonable prices.
Pricelist separate from otherwise reasonable website.
Big range of taps & dies, drills/mills, etc.
Big range of steam accessories.
Big range of materials. Locomotive drawins and castings.
OZtion Metal Auctions OZtion Yes ? Different people sell different things.
offcuts-galore has a large range.
offcuts-galore OZtion Yes 8 Range of offcuts of aluminium, brass, steel, plastics. Very good to deal with.
ozmestore eBay Yes ? Range of tools including lathes, mills, and accessories.
Reports indicate mostly good prices, but occasional quality issues and diffculty contacting them.
Robert Cameron Burswood, WA No ? Aluminium Plate.
They will cut plate to any size, but it is not cheap.
RS Components Various Yes ? Huge range of everything. Expensive.
Searle Fasteners Perth, WA No ? Huge range of nuts and bolts. Good prices.
Shaw Machinery Brisbane, Qld ? ? Range of Lathes, Mills, Bandsaws, other heavy machines.
Small range of tools and accessories.
Small Parts & Bearings Brisbane, Qld Yes ? Big range of bearings. Big range of small parts (screws, nuts, balls, belts, bushings, couplings, fasteners, gears).
Smart Aluminium Across Oz No? ? Big range of Aluminium (sheet, plate, flat bar, angle, channel, tee, rod, tube, etc).
SteelSolutions Australia Melbourne No ? Range of steel. Very good.
Stock Springs Somerton, Vic Yes ? Compressiong and Tension Springs.