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Unread 10-07-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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difference between plate and flat bar?

What is the difference between plate and flat bar? I am puting a winch plate on my front bumper that I've been working on and when I called to get steel prices she asked if I wanted plate or flat bar.

I'm new at metal working and wondering if there is any difference as far as working with it and quality for welding.

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Unread 10-07-2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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exactly how it sounds steel plate or flat bar
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Unread 10-07-2009, 10:39 PM   #3
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exactly how it sounds steel plate or flat bar
to me it sounds like the same thing.

one is a 1/4" thick "plate" that is 9" wide and one is a 1/4" thick "bar" that is 9" wide
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Unread 10-07-2009, 11:28 PM   #4
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If he's giving you a piece of plate that's 9" wide it's probably a drop or he's going to cut it for you, in your case either would work so just go with whatevers cheapest plate generally comes in a 4x8 sheet.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 04:43 AM   #5
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Plaiteis generally hot rolled.

Bar can be either hot or cold rolled (and has 'finished' edges). Cold rolled is stronger, and better finshed, but in this application the difference in strength is probably not significant.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 04:54 AM   #6
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Either way, 3/4" is overkill for a winch plate. 3/8" would be plenty, most plates you buy are 1/4" anyway.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 07:24 AM   #7
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plate is in sheets (like 4x8, sometimes bigger) and bar is long thin strips (usually 20+') 3/4 is way too thick for a jeep (and heavy), thats larger than what they'ed use on a tank recovery tank. as long as you have it shapped like a C or I, 1/4" is more than strong enough, if your just going with a flat piece accross the frame rails, then 3/8 or 1/2. if you have a harbor freight in your area, they sell a universal winch plate for less than you could probly buy the raw metal, I used it and wench regularlly with it (pulled a 1 ton dually out the other day, its strong enough)
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Unread 10-08-2009, 01:21 PM   #8
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Oh, I typo'd the 3/4" I meant to say 1/4"

I'll correct that post.


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if your just going with a flat piece accross the frame rails, then 3/8 or 1/2
Really? I thought 6/16 would do, but wanted to go with a 1/4" just for good measure.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 01:23 PM   #9
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But thanks for the info guys!
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