13 Best Shims & Shim Stock Raw Materials

List Updated April 2020

Bestselling Shims & Shim Stock Raw Materials in 2020


Precision Brand Carbon Steel 1008 Shim Stock Assortment, Full Hard Temper, AISI 1008/AISI 1010, ASTM A109 for Chemistry, 0.001", 0.0015", 0.002", 0.003", 0.004", 0.005", 0.006", 0.007", 0.008", 0.010", 0.012",/0.015" Thick, 6" Width, 12" Length (Pack of 12)

Precision Brand Carbon Steel 1008 Shim Stock Assortment, Full Hard Temper, AISI 1008/AISI 1010, ASTM A109 for Chemistry, 0.001
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Assortment of 6" wide by 12" long sheets contains 1 each of the following thicknesses: 0.001", 0.0015", 0.002", 0.003", 0.004", 0.005", 0.006", 0.007", 0.008", 0.010", 0.012", and 0.015"
  • Made from a full hard, cold rolled, low carbon 1008-1010 steel
  • 0.001", 0.0015", 0.002", 0.003", 0.004", 0.005", 0.006", 0.007", 0.008", 0.010", 0.012", and 0.015"
  • Used in applications where hardness, flatness and accuracy are required
  • Material can be punched or sheared with minimum burring and distortion

300 Series Stainless Steel Shim Stock, Unpolished (Mill) Finish, Hard Temper, ASTM A666, 0.001" Thickness, 6" Width, 50" Length

300 Series Stainless Steel Shim Stock, Unpolished (Mill) Finish, Hard Temper, ASTM A666, 0.001
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • 300 series stainless steel provides good resistance to corrosion and high temperatures
  • Unpolished (mill) surface has no finish
  • Full hard temper is harder and has a higher yield strength than 3/4 hard temper to better resist deformation
  • Meets ASTM A666 specifications
  • Standard tolerance

Stainless Steel Shim Stock, Unpolished (Mill) Finish, Full Hard Temper, 0.004" Thickness, 6" Width, 50" Length

Stainless Steel Shim Stock, Unpolished (Mill) Finish, Full Hard Temper, 0.004
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Made from a full hard, cold rolled, 300 series stainless steel
  • Precision Brand's stainless steel shim is "Branded" with everything the user needs to know clearly marked right on the material: material type, material thickness, and lot # for full traceability
  • Widely used in applications where corrosion resistance is required
  • Used in conventional power plants, nuclear plants, oil and gas refineries, and desalinization projects
  • Measures 6" wide by 50" long by 0.004" thick

Precision Brand Carbon Steel 1008 Shim Stock Assortment, Full Hard Temper, AISI 1008/AISI 1010, ASTM A109 for Chemistry, 0.001", 0.002", 0.003", 0.005" Thick, 6" Width, 50" Length (Pack of 4)

Precision Brand Carbon Steel 1008 Shim Stock Assortment, Full Hard Temper, AISI 1008/AISI 1010, ASTM A109 for Chemistry, 0.001
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Assortment of 6" wide by 50" long rolls contains 1 each of the following thicknesses: 0.001", 0.002", 0.003", and 0.005"
  • Made from a full hard, cold rolled, low carbon 1008-1010 steel
  • 0.001", 0.002", 0.003", 0.005"
  • Used in applications where hardness, flatness and accuracy are required
  • Material can be punched or sheared with minimum burring and distortion

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Shim Stock, Flat Sheet, Black, 0.0125" Thickness, 10" Width, 20" Length (Pack of 1)

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Shim Stock, Flat Sheet, Black, 0.0125
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Color coded shim is made from a high quality plastic material
  • Black color identifies the shim as 0.0125" thick
  • Easy to cut and resists oil
  • Non-magnetic and non-conductive to electricity
  • Corrosion resistant

Polyester Shim Stock, Flat Sheet, Tan, 0.004" Thickness, 5" Width, 20" Length (Pack of 1)

Polyester Shim Stock, Flat Sheet, Tan, 0.004
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Polyester is a durable, nonconductive plastic that resists corrosion, many chemicals, and oils
  • Opaque tan color to indicate 0.004" thickness
  • Standard tolerance

Precision Brand Carbon Steel 1008 Shim Stock Assortment, Full Hard Temper, AISI 1008/AISI 1010, ASTM A109 for Chemistry, 0.001", 0.0015", 0.002", 0.003", 0.004", 0.005", 0.006", 0.007", 0.008", 0.010", 0.012", 0.015", 0.020", 0.025",/0.031" Thick, 6" Width, 12" Length (Pack of 15)

Precision Brand Carbon Steel 1008 Shim Stock Assortment, Full Hard Temper, AISI 1008/AISI 1010, ASTM A109 for Chemistry, 0.001
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • 6" by 12" assortment contains 1 each of the following thicknesses: 0.001", 0.0015", 0.002", 0.003", 0.004", 0.005", 0.006", 0.007", 0.008", 0.010", 0.012", 0.015", 0.020", 0.025", and 0.031"
  • Made from a full hard, cold rolled, low carbon 1008-1010 steel
  • 0.001", 0.0015", 0.002", 0.003", 0.004", 0.005", 0.006", 0.007", 0.008", 0.010", 0.012", 0.015", 0.020", 0.025", and 0.031"
  • Used in applications where hardness, flatness and accuracy are required
  • Material can be punched or sheared with minimum burring and distortion

Shim Stock Assortment-Brass (5)

Shim Stock Assortment-Brass (5)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • One each of .001", .002", .003", .005" and .010" thick
  • Each piece is 4" x 6" (120 sq. inch)
  • Brass

1095 Steel Shim Stock, Blue Temper, MIL-S-7947, 0.006" Thick, 6" Width, 50" Length

1095 Steel Shim Stock, Blue Temper, MIL-S-7947, 0.006
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Spring steel 1095 shim stock offers high wear resistance and strength
  • Blue temper provides the highest hardness and yield strength ratings of the available tempers
  • Conforms to specifications AMS 5122 and MIL-S-7947
  • Rockwell hardness of C48 to C51

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Shim Stock, Flat Sheet, Coral, 0.030" Thickness, 5" Width, 20" Length (Pack of 1)

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Shim Stock, Flat Sheet, Coral, 0.030
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Color coded shim is made from a high quality plastic material
  • Coral color identifies the shim as 0.030" thick
  • Easy to cut and resists oil
  • Non-magnetic and non-conductive to electricity
  • Corrosion resistant

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Shim Stock, Flat Sheet, Clear, 0.040" Thickness, 10" Width, 20" Length (Pack of 1)

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Shim Stock, Flat Sheet,  Clear, 0.040
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • PVC is a durable, nonconductive plastic that resists corrosion, many chemicals, and oils
  • Transparent clear color to indicate thicknesses of 0.040", 0.050", and 0.060"
  • Meets Fed. Spec. L-P-535 standards
  • Standard tolerance

1008 Steel Shim Stock, Full Hard Temper, ASTM A109/AISI 1008/AISI 1010, 0.30mm Thick, 150mm Width, 2.5m Length

1008 Steel Shim Stock, Full Hard Temper, ASTM A109/AISI 1008/AISI 1010, 0.30mm Thick, 150mm Width, 2.5m Length
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Made from a full hard, cold rolled, low carbon 1008-1010 steel
  • Precision Brand's steel shim is "Branded" with everything the user needs to know clearly marked right on the material: material type, material thickness, and lot # for full traceability
  • Used in applications where hardness, flatness and accuracy are required
  • Material can be punched or sheared with minimum burring and distortion
  • Measures 150mm wide x 2.5m long by 0.30mm thick

1100 Aluminum Shim Stock, SAE-AMS-DTL-22499/QQ-A-250/1, 0.016" Thick, 24" Width, 24" Length, 0.003" Laminate Layers

1100 Aluminum Shim Stock, SAE-AMS-DTL-22499/QQ-A-250/1, 0.016
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Aluminum 1100 shim stock is lightweight, provides moderate strength, and offers some of the highest corrosion resistance of all aluminum alloys
  • 0.003" layers of material peel from the sheet to customize the thickness
  • Conforms to specifications AMS DTL-22499 and Fed. Spec. QQ-A-250/1

Yamaha YRA-28B Alto 3 Piece Baroque Recorder Review

A review for the Yamaha YRA-28B Alto 3 Piece Recorder describing its look and sound, as well as its overall durability.

Yamaha YRA-28B Alto 3 Piece Recorder

The Yamaha recorder is a wind musical instrument similar to a vertical version of a flute.

I first received my Yamaha Baroque 3 piece Alto recorder somewhere around fifteen years ago as a birthday gift from my Mother, and I have had it ever since. Before I tell my thoughts about the recorder I'll first give a brief description about it as well as the summary that the company has provided about the details for the instrument.

They say that this recorder features an arched windway for improved breath control and tonal expression. It has an ABS Resin body, and just as the title of this article indicates it uses the Baroque system. This recorder is in the key of F and has a very wide range of notes that you can play. The recorder also comes with a Carrying case (more like a protective bag), recorder cream (a bit like petroleum jelly), and a cleaning rod.

Pros

I'm actually going to keep this review fairly short because I don't really have anything bad to say about this recorder. Some of the cons of wooden instruments is that their tone varies with the seasons and weather, but I haven't seen that problem with this instrument because it is made out of ABS resin, so the recorder's sound is more or less consistent year round. The recorder has a beautiful white ivory look and a clear and pleasant tone. If you are buying this as a beginner instrument you may find it a bit of a stretch for your fingers to play the lower C and F notes, but that is something you will develop over time so it isn't really a problem with the instrument.

I noticed that the newer versions of this recorder have a slightly different look and a new protective bag. I still have my original bag that came with the instrument so I'll post pictures of both the new and old versions of this recorder. You can scroll through the pictures at the top of this article.
My protective bag is now a bit old and dirty with wear but as you can see from the pictures after all this time the instrument still looks brand new.

Cons
The only flaw that I can think of is that even with the recorder cream the recorder sometimes still gets stuck from time to time and can be very difficult to unscrew into three parts for cleaning and storage, but that is a minor problem. Usually with a little bit of effort you can unscrew it and take it apart. Don't worry about breaking it because this recorder is very durable.

Overall Rating
I will give this recorder a 9 out of 10 in terms of sound quality, appearance and durability. You can find the Yamaha YRA-28B recorder almost everywhere- amazon.com, musician's friend, and your local music store should have it as well. It is one of Yamaha's most popular and best selling recorders. You can click the links on the right side of this article to view the Amazon and official Yamaha website for a bit more detail. The average price for the instrument is anywhere between $19 and $25 USD.


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