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Offline rbinhood

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Source for UHMWPE
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:13:26 pm »
Looking online for a place to buy UHMWPE from at a reasonable price. I only found a few sites in the U.S., and the prices seem high ($150+ shipping for a 1/16" 4' x10' sheet). I tried to place an order, and the site wouldn't let me select shippping, I suspect because one sheet wasn't enough for them to mess with.

Anyone have a reasonable source that will ship?
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Re: Source for UHMWPE
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 03:45:37 pm »
Sounds about right or maybe it can be found cheaper in the USA?

You should try to find a place that will cut to size before shipping, it will save a lot of money if they do that and then roll them.
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Re: Source for UHMWPE
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2018, 04:55:54 pm »
Where are you from? Johnston plastics in toronto are who I use. They will rip to width also making pickup in a small car easy
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Re: Source for UHMWPE
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2018, 05:44:26 pm »
Hi Rbinhood,
Years ago, I found a a shop in my town selling 4x10 sheets of UHMWPE, by using the yellow pages under "industrial supply".  I phoned around, and pretty soon someone on the line will say "try such and such", and sure enough I tracked it down to an industrial supply shop on the list.  They had dozens of sheets! 

Although the 1/4 inch thick toboggan I made from it can half roll up inside my truck bed, a full 4x10 sheet is very stiff and not rolling!  It was very slippery getting it into a 6 foot pickup bed, and then trying to tie it in securely with 4 feet of it hanging out the back, because I could not roll the full sheet. Luckily it was a short drive back home with it on city streets, no highway.  On a highway it would be scary hanging out like that.  Many of us have roof racks on our vehicles, but I recommend NOT tying it to roof racks.  UHMWPE is very SLIPPERY, its going to act like a wing on a roof, and if it ever slipped out on the highway it could kill someone.  In a big sheet, I think it should be transported inside a truck bed.   :)

Also when handling a big sheet, wear work gloves. It slips very easily and the edge is often burred from the factory, and it could slice like a knife if it slips (Its going to slip).  At home its easy to take the sharp edge off, as its quite soft and easy to work with.
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Re: Source for UHMWPE
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2018, 07:49:51 pm »
Why not get the supplier to cut it? Solved a lot of problems for me. So long as the supplier will do it, get them to rip it for you.

Johnston in toronto will. Not sure about all of them
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Re: Source for UHMWPE
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2018, 08:05:17 pm »
I bought some "Blue Iron"  form this place, they specialize in liners for industrial equipment.
http://www.superslide.com/

I gave them a call and they had rolls of 16" wide stock and cut me a piece to the length I wanted.  I think I paid about $65 for a 10' long piece shipped.  It was a little more expensive but I didnt need a whole sheet.