metal stand vs wooden stand

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  1. toppdogg

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    Hey guys just an question
    i am building new tank soon size 1200 x 1200 x 550 water level 500
    weight +/- 700kg
    do i go wooden or metal stand ?
    any thoughts ? pros /cons
    thanks TD
     
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    i have always loved wood, but a steel stand will be less bulky and still support the weight...

    wooden stands also tend to warp in time.. i had this and opted to go steel ever since.. i thought it would never happen to me untill it did...
     
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    Steel is pretty cheap (you'd be surprised) only the welding and galvanising which might add up...
     
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    dean cant you weld? i think materials for my 1.5 x .800 x .760 cost me R400 for steel and a favour from a friend of mine..

    another mate of mine paid R1300 for the same thing incl galvanising..
     
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    thanks for reponses guys
    will compare and see
     
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    Les i can but not very well i have a bud that is working on a price for me on s/steel
    gonna compare to mild steel + galvanising might be similar in price then will go for s/steel as it will never rust and no treatment needed will see
     
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    do the excercise but i gaurantee you that stainless is going to warrant a kidney sale.. it requires a more specialised welding technique..

    mild steel properly coated is ample.. and will last a lifetime..

    shaun 777 on the forum here found a R5k difference in price on his stand vs the price of mild steel painted (not galvanised..

    sit down when you get that quote:tt2:
     
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    Something to think about with a wooden stand, if it correctly made and sealed it shouldn't change shape, like Les I think said slightly bulkier, but on the positive side you can attach your cabinet nicely to it (if you want one!!!)
    Here are a few I got made up for a 1200x800 tan at 1,1M high!!!

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    Oh by the way this one cost R1200 including seaers .. no rust or corrosion!!;)
     
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    thanks brent
    nice stands BTW
     
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    Agreed - but then you must be sure that you will never want to move the tank.

    You could, of course, also do what I did, and combine the concrete and metal. I made my stand with legs of mild steel (angle iron) and the stand top as a slab of "concrete" made from a structural repair grout, 75mm thick.

    I posted these previously on other threads, but perhaps worth repeating for whatever it's worth...

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    My inner stand/support is built with wooden beams (the type you use to keep your roof up :p )

    It's water sealed and it does the job. I'll be moving in a year or 2 and will probably opt for a steel stand, and a bigger tank of course :)

    Is that like a reefer curse? Every time you move you have the urge to get a bigger tank while you're at it? :D
     
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    Wood is nice, steel is strong...... Think long term, u can cover steel wit wood to get both effects
     
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    that is what i am planning to do
    thanks for comments and thoughts
     
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    ok so i am having metal stand made
    what i want to know is can i put hammerite on top of red oxide or must i just use hammerite and leave out the red oxide ?
     
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    Did you get the quote on the s/s? If you need quote PM me...
     
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    Hi did you get a price on s/s stands? PM me if you do need a quote
     
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    yeah a bit out of price range
    bump on question above ?
     
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