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Old 10-25-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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Looking for Strut Channel (superstrut, unistrut) in Denver...

Looking for some Superstrut components. Home Depot and Lowes carry a very minimal amount of strut product and not what I need.

I assume an electrical supply might have it, but there are zillions of electrical supply places around. I guess I'd be looking for a larger supply house with good pricing and happy to deal with walk-in customers. I know I could order it from Graingers (very pricey) or McMaster-Carr (shipping cost!), but would really like to find a good local place for this kind of stuff.

Anybody have any suggestions?

In case anybody is wondering, Unistrut/Superstrut/Strut Channel comes in a bunch of different flavors, but looks like this:


And the connectors look like this:


And if you look up in any commercial warehouse space or industrial facility, you will see tons of it hanging from the ceiling holding all the electrical, plumbing, sprinklers, etc. kind of like this:


I want to use it to build something like this:
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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Paul try Grainger. They will have everything you need unless you need some real strange stuff, plus you can look up everything online.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:30 AM   #3
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Many years ago, Unistrut had a warehouse in Denver......along Platte River Drive between Alameda and Mississippi. Depending upon quantity, you might do better for price at QED or Ryall - if those places still exist. And I've often been pleasantly surprised with Grainger's inventory and customer service.

There ARE companies that sell industrial shelving in town, and several sell used stuff. In this economy, with so many businesses closing, good used steel racks should be plentiful and cheap. Worth a thought...

Happy hunting!
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:02 AM   #4
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Putting in some new or used pallet racks is definitely an option, and likely would be less cost, but in my garage, space is definitely at a premium. With the strut channel, I can custom build very heavy duty shelves exactly to wall space I have with the depth and spacing I want.

Of course once I price out the strut and connectors, I might have to reconsider!

Grainger has all the parts in their catalog, but I'm in shock at their prices. For example, a basic piece of 10' A1200HS strut is about $17 at Home Depot, and $40 at Graingers! I guess I could buy the strut itself at HD and just get the special connectors at Graingers, but their prices on those components are a bit absurd as well. I have a Graingers account, but haven't purchased anything from them in a very long time... Is it standard for them to provide significant discounts of their published prices?
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:04 AM   #5
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I have a Graingers account, but haven't purchased anything from them in a very long time... Is it standard for them to provide significant discounts of their published prices?
Honestly dunno. I've bought from them often, through different employers. Never in quantity enough to seek out discounts. If the channel itself is that much cheaper at Home Despot, why not just cut 'em to the desired lengths & bolt 'em together? Are you REALLY needing that much weight capacity?
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:05 AM   #6
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Unistrut Western

12330 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80239-3151 (303) 307-8580 () ‎

This is the place duckpilot mentioned.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:54 AM   #7
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Unistrut is very pricey, great for building extrememly heavy shelving. To keep prices down,consider angle iron and either drill bolt holes or maybe weld it. I can get you anything you want from electrical supply houses, but I know its more then Im willing to spend for shelving. Let us know what you find and use.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:03 AM   #8
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Figure out a list of exactly what you need and I can price it at CED, CES, or where ever our shop gets it......
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:58 AM   #9
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Scrounge it!

If you find the right place, there are tons of used materials for your project. I suggest property management companies for leftovers in empty warehouses, the shelving/racking resellers, Craigslist, and driving the industrial areas...a DS bike is great for that activity; it jumps Huge potholes in a single bound!

If you're going to customize it, and cannot stack too high, and don't have employees, there is little liability, so bolt or weld options are good. With a bit of time spent, you should be able to get almost free racks.

I'll keep an eye out for you.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:25 PM   #10
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If you find the right place, there are tons of used materials for your project. I suggest property management companies for leftovers in empty warehouses, the shelving/racking resellers, Craigslist, and driving the industrial areas...a DS bike is great for that activity; it jumps Huge potholes in a single bound!

If you're going to customize it, and cannot stack too high, and don't have employees, there is little liability, so bolt or weld options are good. With a bit of time spent, you should be able to get almost free racks.

I'll keep an eye out for you.
http://denver.craigslist.org/tls/2026320805.html

Actually quite a few good shelving options on there, Im building a new garage/shop and will keep this in mind . Thanks..
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:22 AM   #11
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I sell unistrut, but I'm up in Loveland. IMO we have the best selection of fittings on the front range. If you're interested shoot me a pm with what you're looking for and I'll price it for you. If you need we'll deliver it to your house at no charge. Brad.
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I sell unistrut, but I'm up in Loveland. IMO we have the best selection of fittings on the front range. If you're interested shoot me a pm with what you're looking for and I'll price it for you. If you need we'll deliver it to your house at no charge. Brad.
Wow! ADVrider never fails to amaze me! Brad, do you have a storefront?
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Yep. I work for a small local construction supply company, Nugent Supply. We stock green, galvanized and stainless strut in 1-5//8" square, 7/8" x 1-5/8" and the 1-5/8" back-to-back. I've seen quite a few guys over the years use it for building shelves and they turn out really good, the stuff is crazy strong once you get it all bolted down. We send a delivery truck to Denver everyday, so if you want I can have my driver drop it your driveway, although I'd need to get paid first somehow, or you could give my driver a check when he drops it off. Feel free to call the shop or stop by if you want. 800-838-7940. Hopefully this isn't against the forum rules, if so please delete this and we'll communicate in another way. Brad.

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Yep. I work for a small local construction supply company, Nugent Supply. We stock green, galvanized and stainless strut in 1-5//8" square, 7/8" x 1-5/8" and the 1-5/8" back-to-back. I've seen quite a few guys over the years use it for building shelves and they turn out really good, the stuff is crazy strong once you get it all bolted down. We send a delivery truck to Denver everyday, so if you want I can have my driver drop it your driveway, although I'd need to get paid first somehow, or you could give my driver a check when he drops it off. Feel free to call the shop or stop by if you want. 800-838-7940. Hopefully this isn't against the forum rules, if so please delete this and we'll communicate in another way. Brad.

P.S. - I'll be out of the office Thursday, Friday and Monday.
Cool! I'll put together a list of strut and parts.

For the actual shelves, I was planning on ripping down 4'x8' sheets, but I wonder if you have anything like wire mesh shelving panels similar to what they use for pallet racks, ideally 20" deep x as long as you got 'em, but I could redesign for 24" as well.

As for the rules, we tend to be a bit more easy going in our local forum about that kind of stuff. I don't think you are anywhere near the spam line, just helping out some local riders, but Hayduke is boss-man on that kind of stuff around here.
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We don't sell the wire shelves, but a good place to get is Best Material Handling in Colorado Springs. Plywood works really good for the shelves, that's what I've seen most guys do. Give me a call or shoot me a pm when you have a list. Brad.
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