STEEL PRICES RISE:
The carbon steel market is poised to grow by 699.35 MT during 2020-2024 progressing at a CAGR of almost 8% during the forecast period." (Source: Business Wire)
This is what we are seeing all across the industry; day after day new emails from vendor's telling us that their prices are rising, every order we make for materials needs to be revised because the last price is no longer valid, and for good reason. The cost of steel materials has been steadily increasing throughout 2020, and it unfortunately has not slowed into 2021. The reduced capacities of companies in this industry due to Covid-19 health and safety regulations continues to have an impact. As a result, we are forced to increase our list pricing for 2021 and add a steel surcharge to off-set the rising costs that is projected to continue this year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have on our close and prospective customers. We we will do what we can to keep our prices low when the opportunities are found, but right now we are left with little options.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
JORDEN LEIB, VICE PRESIDENT OF SKID STEER SOLUTIONS
Auger Repair Hub - 2" Hex - 2-7/8" Round Tubing
This is a forged heavy duty repair hub designed for welding onto 2-7/8" heavy walled tubing. It features a multi-hole design with 3/4" and 5/8" holes. Hole patterns fit Eterra, Danuser, McMillen and others. Our design is unique as it features a wave pattern for welding to the tubing. If you look at your failed hub, the breaks usually occur along the straight line. When you weld ours, you are welding along a radius which gives you a longer welded surface and a curved line. This helps to reduce the stresses that occur when drilling and makes for a much stronger drive.
These are industrial hubs used in the manufacture of industrial augers. We use heavy wall tubing with an OD of 2-7/8" to manufacture our augers. We have been selling these as repair pieces so this dimension has never mattered. We have discovered that some people are using these to build their own augers or extensions. If you do so, then you are expected to understand the difference between pipe and tubing. Tubing is measured as OD and pipe is measured as ID. If you try to use standard pipe, you will have two issues:
1. The pipe will be a lot weaker and will likely fail. Skid Steer Solutions can not claim responsibility should this issue arise.
2. The pipe will have a different outside dimension and will likely not fit properly.
The quality of the welds that you perform are strictly at your own risk. We recommend that you work with someone who can weld this product professionally to minimize any damage and downtime. Again, we cannot be held responsible for issues pertaining how this product is used or fabricated into a finished item.