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Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:30 am
by Richard Evans
Thin walled brass tubing seems to be becoming difficult to obtain at least in some sizes. Smiths Metals have 1.5" x 20 SWG which is OK ( at almost £10/foot) but I'm looking fairly urgently for some 1.75" diameter. Smiths list 1.75 x 22 SWG on the website but it's out of stock and probably not being re-stocked. Holme Dodsworth (Heaton) have nothing thinner than 3mm wall.
Anybody got any suggestions? It looks to me like these thin walled sizes are simply not stocked any more.

Cheers
Richard

Re: Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:36 am
by pipemakermike
Hi Richard

It might be worth contacting

Wellington Tube Supplies Ltd
Parkside House
Rigby Lane
Hayes
Middlesex
UB3 1ET
phone: 020 8230 5708
E-mail: sales@tubesupplies.co.uk

I have sourced tube from them in the past (but not for pipemaking)

Also have you considered using stainless steel tube which is available in a vast range of sizes?

Re: Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:59 pm
by Julia Say
Sorry, don't use anything bigger than 1.5" so can't help directly, but wouldn't the 3mm wall stuff serve if you want to go to that large a diameter?
Smiths is prohibitive in small quantities - of anything.

I presume it's for Border pipes or a multi-drone set up?

Julia

Re: Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:28 am
by Richard Evans
Julia Say wrote:Sorry, don't use anything bigger than 1.5" so can't help directly, but wouldn't the 3mm wall stuff serve if you want to go to that large a diameter?
Smiths is prohibitive in small quantities - of anything.

I presume it's for Border pipes or a multi-drone set up?

Julia


I use this size for 4 drone SSP and BP. The 3mm wall is much too thick/heavy- and expensive- even 1.5" by 20 swg (0.9mm) is £10/foot in a 12' length.
I have tracked down about one foot of the stuff in a model engineering shop, enough for 6 sets, but I'd much rather have a decent quantity.

Richard

Re: Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:32 am
by Richard Evans
pipemakermike wrote:Hi Richard

It might be worth contacting

Wellington Tube Supplies Ltd


I have sourced tube from them in the past (but not for pipemaking)

Also have you considered using stainless steel tube which is available in a vast range of sizes?



THanks for the contact, I'll look into it. I think brass is part of the aesthetic- don't really fancy stainless steel.

Cheers
Richard

Re: Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:16 am
by pipemakermike
Another possible source:-

Sterling Metal Services Limited
Unit A, Smestow Bridge Industrial Estate
Bridgnorth Road
Wombourne
Wolverhampton
WV5 8AY
Phone: 01902 326 202
Email: am@sterlingmetalservices.co.uk

http://www.sterlingmetalservices.co.uk/products

Re: Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:31 pm
by Richard Evans
pipemakermike wrote:It might be worth contacting

Wellington Tube Supplies Ltd


This firm had some in stock- I have ordered a couple of metres- at £55 per metre!!!, by the time delivery and a card surcharge are added. Enough to make your eyes water! However, that will set me up for a few years.
Thanks again Mike.

Richard

Re: Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:07 pm
by Dally
David Daye, an uilleann pipe maker in the US, gets his thick walled tubing from here:
http://www.smallparts.com/s?keywords=&p ... f=gn_tp_ba
Hope this helps.
John

Re: Source for drone stock tubing

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:31 am
by Richard Evans
The tubing arrived 24hrs after ordering-very well wrapped- expensive but a good service.
Cheers
Richard