# Who will heat-treat for homebuilders?

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#### kent Ashton

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OK, a helpful but incomplete answer, Matt G. Have you done business with Bodycote? Which office? Did you tell them it was for an airplane? How much did they charge?

Anxious to hear the details.

#### Matt G.

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OK, a helpful but incomplete answer, Matt G. Have you done business with Bodycote? Which office? Did you tell them it was for an airplane? How much did they charge?

Anxious to hear the details.
My friend had some 4130 fittings for a TC'd glider resto, and a new tailwheel spring for his homebuilt glider heat treated by the Wichita location. I can't imagine why he wouldn't have told them what it was for if they had asked. No idea what it cost, but that's irrelevant since you have a different material and amount of parts. As was suggested by someone else, call them up, tell them what you need, and see what they say. Being that their corporate page mentions aerospace and defense work, they are not going to shy away from airplane parts.

#### Little Scrapper

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To you answer your question, call Robbie Grove at Grove Aircraft and ask him. They farm out heat treating of aluminum and he's a great guy. Just don't call on Monday morning, call him at the end of the week before quitting time.

#### Armilite

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SOME EXAMPLES. Cheap Angle Iron, Fire Brick, or Refractory Cement.

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#### kent Ashton

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Just to finish up the thread for me, the final cost to treat 11 ribs was $230 plus an 18% energy surcharge, plus a shipping charge, plus a 3% credit card surcharge so the total came to$312.65 from Bennett Heat Treating & Brazing Co, in Newark, NJ. It was more than I liked but it's done. I waived post-treatment hardness and conductivity testing (an extra $51) but it appears they did the testing anyway.$230 was their minimum fee so I probably could have had a whole set of 22 ribs done for about the same price. I did not have to lie to get service.

FWIW, other heat-treaters I contacted were;

Pinson Valley - did not respond to my online email
Donovan Heat Treating - responded but said they don't have a suitable furnace(?)
Bodycote - said they could do it but I had already sent them off