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#1 NOS

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 08:22 PM

My cousin just gave me about 750+ yards of sucker rod (cut down to about 16' lengths) from a drilling company he works with. I'm just curious as to what some of my fellow smiths have made with sucker rod. I plan on making some punches and other tooling, as well as try using some for hooks and...:confused:
Any ideas would be welcome.
So show me what you've made with sucker rod and give me some ideas... I've got the steel, now I need to figure out what to do with it :cool:

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#2 ThomasPowers

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 08:33 PM

I used a section of it for the handle of a warhammer; it was the male end and I flattened the section just behind the fillet to make the tang and then squared the rod above the fillet and twisted it to make the handle and heat shrunk the hammer head on it.

I also use the male joint ends to make hardy tooling with for my anvils where I can forge it down to fit in the hardy.
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#3 rthibeau

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 08:44 PM

Sucker Rod...gift of the gods..........have made hammers, hardy tools, tripods, punches, drifts, tongs, weather vanes, trellises, sign posts, and anything else needing steel of that size. Oo, oo, a sord......yeah, next project "Sucker Sord".....:)
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 09:22 PM

What is a sucker rod?

#5 orgtwister

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 09:45 PM

its used on wells

#6 RoryMay

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:23 PM

A buddy of mine made this. Great reference.

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Edited by Tald the dead, 14 November 2008 - 10:33 PM.


#7 LarryM

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:47 PM

What is sucker rod?


http://img.photobuck...kerrodspecs.jpg

Paul,
This link gives specs for one brand of sucker rod. In the picture shown you are looking at the male end of the rod. This link was shared by IFI member Irnsrgn, one night in the chat room, that I bookmarked. So Thanks Irnsrgn.

To answer your question, It is used link the above ground mechanical pump rig to the underground pump unit. This pumps are used to pump oil and etc. from bottom of a well.

Nos, Look on the flats of the square part of the ends, to see what kind of steel your rod is.

Let your imagination be your guide as to what make with your material.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:59 PM

Tald thanks for the chart, I added it to my junkyard steel list
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#9 DenK

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:12 PM

But isn't sucker rod a hollow tube?

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:16 PM

No it's solid rod.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:37 PM

It's solid and comes in 1/8 inch increments from 1/2 inch diam to 1-1/4 inches, but 5/8, 3/4, and 7/8 are probably the most common diameters.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:54 PM

It takes a little work, but makes good tongs, excellent punches, etc. I have used lots of it. All of what I have used is 1/2" to 1". You will find that most of it is magnetized, but that goes away in the forge.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 12:45 AM

Wow! I can't wait to use this stuff!:cool:
Thank you everyone for the input!
A special thanks to Tald the dead and LarryM for the charts.
I'll have to make my cousin a special gift for giving me all this steel... I suppose I could make him a "Sucker Sword" :rolleyes: lol
I'm thinking of making some sort of tripod "lowering" device for turkey frying for Thanksgiving. We usually fry about 6-7 turkeys and about 4 chickens for friends and family at Thanksgiving. My arm sure gets tired quickly from slowly lowering each bird into the oil (lowering slowly prevents any overflow or splatter). Last year I used the "boom" lift I had on the bed of my work truck (you might be a redneck if... ;) )and it worked pretty well. I'll post pic's of some of the things I make.
Thanks again everyone
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#14 rthibeau

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 11:08 AM

Here is a link to Norris' specs on sucker rod
Norris Products - Sucker Rods
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#15 Prokopto

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:50 AM

Where can a person in central Virginia get sucker rod?
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:41 AM

Where can a person in central Virginia get sucker rod?


That might be difficult, It's found mainly in oil producing areas........
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 10:33 AM

Pennsylvania is the closest oil producing state that I know of, though surplus sucker rod shows up at scrapyard and fence builders' yards.
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#18 MattBower

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 12:12 PM

If you can't find it locally as cheap or free scrap, you really have to ask yourself how much trouble and expense it's worth. Steel isn't that hard to come by.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 03:02 PM

Now I feel real bad! I turned down a mile and a half of three rail horse corral made of sucker rod two years ago and didn't bother to alert any of the smiths I knew. It all went to the salvage yard. What a waste that was, it all went to a rebar manufacture. I ought to be taken out and shot for that lapse of judgement.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 07:51 PM

Hmmm... I have a cousin in PA. Her dad and I might just be going to help her move into a house in the Fall. Maybe we can bring some back. Thanks for the tip Mr. Powers.
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