Any reason A-36 mild steel should not be used for guards, fittings, etc. I have a source and will use it unless there is a reason I shouldn't. Thanks,
Ty: NUCOR makes it right here in Norfolk, NE. Lots of my buddies work there. Small world.Dennis in 1" you should be fine using that plate for what ever you want.
You guys don't know me from Adam when it comes to the knife making world, I'm just a hobbyist that wants to make nice knives. In the real world I'm a Warehouse Manager of a medium sized new steel service center. So I pulled some numbers together to hopefully shed some light on my experience with hot rolled material.
Last year we moved 48,000 tons of material, 78% of that was a36 or a572 grade 50. 47% of those tons were processed on our equipment. We have 2 400 amp cnc plasma cutters, a set of plate rolls that can roll 1/2" plate, a 1/2" plate shear, a cnc press brake that will form 1/2" thick a36, 2 cnc band saws, and a rebar processing line. In 13 years of working with a36 not once have I seen a bolt, spring, or had a compliant about a36 material being a lesser quality steel. Generic hot roll material is a whole other animal in itself, and not generally made in thicker stock.
Small world indeed. We get most of our bar stock from their mill in Plymouth Utah. They really have led the way in small arch furnace mills. Most people don't realize that some where around 80% of the steel manufactured in the US comes from recycled materials. The company I work for has the best of both worlds..... We deal in scrap and new steel, it's a win, win in our industry.Ty: NUCOR makes it right here in Norfolk, NE. Lots of my buddies work there. Small world.