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#13325 - 03/14/14 03:23 PM Metkit (Cadplans Supplier) closing down
gregtbayon Offline
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Registered: 02/01/13
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Loc: thunder bay, ontario
I don't know if anyone has reported it on this website before but I contacted Metkit today for a replacement cylinder and found out they are going out of business. They are still selling off what little old stock they have of parts, but many Cadtrac and Caddigger parts are already unavailable. FYI.
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#13328 - 03/15/14 05:57 AM Re: Metkit (Cadplans Supplier) closing down [Re: gregtbayon]
notme Offline
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I heard about this about 6 months ago and tried to get ahold of them at that time with no response so I figured they were already gone at that time. I think princess auto will have most cylinders u might need at a better price from what ive seen?
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#13332 - 03/15/14 12:16 PM Re: Metkit (Cadplans Supplier) closing down [Re: notme]
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When I was building my Cadtrac I considered buying some components from Metkit. After some serious research I decided against it. At the time they were buying lots of hydraulic and mechanical parts from manufacturers in hopes of selling them to the end customers as part of a kit or as individual components.

The problem was they weren't considered a wholesaler by many of the manufacturers. As a result items like hydraulic cylinders and motors were considered as sold to the end user when Metkit bought them. The warranty started in the day they took possession.

There were cases where Metkit customers bought items who's warranty time had run out while they were setting on the shelves. A few had the unpleasant experience of having component failure only to find out the warranty had expired before they even took possession. The manufacturer refused to do anything and at the time Metkit also balked. I don't know if Metkit finally made good on the defective items, or whether the end customer was just plain out of luck.

Metkit prices were considerably higher than buying identical components from hydraulic, and steel suppliers. If you were looking for a quick build Metkit did offer a complete kit with all the steel components pre-cut, and the hydraulic components matched and pre packaged. Personally I opted to source my own components and saved a considerable amount of money doing so.
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#13336 - 03/16/14 06:50 AM Re: Metkit (Cadplans Supplier) closing down [Re: projectnut]
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Loc: thunder bay, ontario
PN, you're right about the high prices from Metkit. Tim (Vertnc) I think only bought the cylinders for my machine from them because it was hard to find ones with exactly the dimensions specified in the plans. Most have a wider crosstube at the base end. (Actually Metkits cylinder prices weren't too bad but their prices for valves and motors, etc. was over the top.) I contacted them because I was looking for longer stroke cylinders for my bucket so that I can increase the upturn at ground level. I ended up finding some at Surplus Center which will work with some modification. I'll put a post on my Cadtrac build thread once I receive them and start the mod.
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#13337 - 03/16/14 08:57 AM Re: Metkit (Cadplans Supplier) closing down [Re: gregtbayon]
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I know I seen a cylinder sale at princess auto so I checked the price at metkit and surpluss center and the price was better at pa with free shipping as well so I jumped on it, might not allways be the case but princess has good sales if u can wait for one too come up... I do know the cylinders say made in china frown hope there ok!
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#13339 - 03/16/14 03:25 PM Re: Metkit (Cadplans Supplier) closing down [Re: notme]
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I don't know what the price of cylinders is from PA, but we have a local farm store that stocks plenty of them. I used clevis end cylinders for my machine because they can be easily rebuilt, and the ends can be turned and mounted in any direction. It makes it easier to plumb the ports.

Here's a couple from our farm store:

http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/267...ml#.UyYju7Yo_4g

http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/597...ml#.UyYkh7Yo_4g

Both the 2" x 10" and the 2" x 8" have the same closed length. I had to switch out a 2 x 10 for the original 2 x 8 steering cylinder when I made my own new joint.


Edited by projectnut (03/16/14 03:39 PM)
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