I am trying to fabricate a lock for a trailer and need to find a 'pin'
of 10mm x 15mm steel, with a head at one end and a hole in the other.
I was thinking that if I could get hold of an M16 bolt, I could grind
it down into an oval cross section and dill a hole in the end.
But where might I get a large bolt like this? I 12mm is the bigest I
can find. What sort of industry use bolts of this size??
Any info would be appreciated
1) If you can get some suitably wide steel bar, then laminate the
shape you need with 2 part epoxy glue to correct thickness
2) Clerkenwell Screw Co on Clarkenwell Rd, London does *bloody big*
bolts, though that's no use unless you're in central Ldn
3) Agricultural machinery supplier?? I'm sure if you were able to
call in as a personal customer they'd sell you one big bolt. I'd even
try any garage that services lorries/large vehicles.
Don't forget to use cutting paste/ compound when drilling that big
hole. A drill press will be very advantageous if you have access to
Look in Yellow Pages under fastening suppliers. Most will have a trade
counter, where you can buy small quantities and bolts much larger than a
mere M16. If you tell them what you want the pin for, they are quite likely
to have something even closer to your actual need.
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