Sourcing Chassis
« on: December 10, 2020, 04:21:02 PM »
 Hi All,

 What are most people doing for sourcing chassis for DIY projects, specifically standard rack format 1U/2U/3U cases? I am in the process of building something that will live in a 3U chassis, so I'm looking for recommendations.

 I'm in Canada, and Hammond (which is local) has options, but they are in the range of 300-400$ for an empty chassis I would still need to modify and put together myself.

 I really don't need some super robust high quality one, I am looking for cheaper options as I'd rather not spend more on the chassis than everything that's inside it :)

 Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


abbey road d enfer

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2020, 04:40:32 PM »
I'd rather not spend more on the chassis than everything that's inside it :)
Unfortunately, that's pretty much the reality. Metalwork is the most expensive part of almost any electronic product.
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Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2020, 05:21:17 PM »
Unfortunately, that's pretty much the reality. Metalwork is the most expensive part of almost any electronic product.

 Yeah I had a feeling that would be the answer, still looking for options though of any price point.

 Also mods I put this question in the wrong sub group if you want to move it to Machine Shop!

john12ax7

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2020, 07:40:29 PM »
Here are a couple options

Par Metal
http://www.par-metal.com/

Collective Cases
https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=41963.0

The white market and black market in general can be a good place to find things.

totoxraymond

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2020, 04:28:37 PM »
For standard 19" rack i use modushop. Good range of cases for good price.

I don't know how much it could cost to ship to canada though (They're in Italy).

JohnRoberts

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2020, 06:35:23 PM »
I built a lot of early stuff into the gutted out chassis of older products.

JR
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Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2020, 10:17:51 PM »
Here are a couple options

Par Metal
http://www.par-metal.com/

Collective Cases
https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=41963.0

The white market and black market in general can be a good place to find things.

+1 on Par-Metal

boji

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2020, 03:29:01 PM »
Looks like Par-metal sells some models on the bay:

10-19082B

10-19113B

« Last Edit: December 13, 2020, 03:57:56 PM by boji »

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2020, 10:00:32 PM »
I built a lot of early stuff into the gutted out chassis of older products.

JR

 This was actually suggested by a friend as well, and actually would be fairly easy to do, as I have a closet full of older useless rack gear.

JohnRoberts

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2020, 09:49:48 AM »
This was actually suggested by a friend as well, and actually would be fairly easy to do, as I have a closet full of older useless rack gear.
One of the first (small) audio amps I designed was built into an old consumer amp chassis. I was even able to re-use the power supply from the original amp. I built this audio amp for my younger sister (RIP) to use as a record player, and she used it for years.

JR
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rackmonkey

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2020, 09:32:20 PM »
I built a lot of early stuff into the gutted out chassis of older products.

JR

+1. You can get a really nice, ancient rack mount device from ebay that has much nicer features than a modern generic chassis, strip it and use it. And you get some usable vintage parts out of it, if you’re willing to go to the trouble. I have a couple of old Dynair boxes with 4 slide-out trays that I built 4 preamp channels into for each unit. I think I got both for $90 plus shipping.

You can find surplus Middle Atlantic chassis for pretty cheap sometimes on ebay. Not as nice as a Hammond or Par Metal, but perfectly serviceable.

Otherwise, the options given above cover most of the usual suspects.
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right.

Whoops

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2020, 07:39:30 PM »

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2020, 06:28:54 AM »
Here are a couple options

Par Metal
http://www.par-metal.com/

Collective Cases
https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=41963.0

The white market and black market in general can be a good place to find things.

Add Bud Industries in Cleveland Ohio to the list (www.budind.com)...

Re: Sourcing Chassis
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2020, 06:57:35 PM »
I've been satisfied with https://www.circuitspecialists.com/electronic-enclosures

They have refurbished units from time to time as well.

I've used old gear as well, and agree it can be nice, if only for the stuff you can salvage off it.


 

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