Suppliers List

Lets face it, all projects require some form of material or consumable. I’ve compiled a list of suppliers I typically use for various items. These items range from chemicals to pieces of stock metal.

Why do I choose the suppliers I buy from? When designing a project one not only has to be creative in solving a problem but finding cost effective materials for the solution sometimes makes/breaks the viability of a solution. If you can’t cost the solution given a certain set of materials, you can’t evaluate the viability and ability of fellow hobbyists to obtain the material. If nobody can get a hold of that special grade Alu or electronic component I used, I am the only person that will build the project. That does seem like a bit of a waste of valuable time and effort to document the plans for other people.

Without further ado, the list:

Hare & Forbes Brisbane Metalwork Tools About the same price as imports after shipping. No waiting 4 weeks for tools.
Ausee Lathe Tools Aus supplier of Sieg brand machines and accessories. Shipment faster than overseas but tad bit more expensive.
Early Bird Steel Brisbane Metal Stock AS300 mild steel with some odd bits of Alu and harder steel. Friendly faces (mostly) with Luke and Don being rather helpful. They are a bit far out from my place but the online pricelist is worth it when designing and deciding what stock is a better fit for the project. Open on Saturday mornings is a major boon.
Action Aluminium Brisbane Metal Stock Extensive range of Alu and open on a Saturday morning. Pity about the pricelist not being up on the site.
Scott Metals Brisbane Metal Stock AS300 only. Closest to my place but more pricier than Early Bird. Why buy from them? Online pricelist and open on a Saturday. Friendly face here and there but only once you’ve had a chat or two.
Bolts & Industrial Brisbane Nuts & Bolts They sell other tools and chemicals but a bit pricy for the hobbyist. The price of the nuts and bolts are comparable to imports but obviously available a lot quicker. Over the counter is a no-no for varied orders, rather phone it in and collect when ready. Online pricelist is available.
Umart Brisbane Computer Hardware Where I tend to get my PC spares. Nice and close to home and reasonably priced with lots of stock (range and quantity).
Pottery Supplies Online Brisbane Forging Nice and close to home but a tad bit pricy. Online pricelist available.

If anyone has a regular supplier in Brisbane that they use for electronic components, materials and tools, do feel free to add it in the comments. If they see my business I will add them to my list.

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