Services

For more than a decade, Hardings Steel has provided expert service and precision workmanship to clients throughout the Lower Mainland. We make sure the job gets done right the first time, whether it be from design to fabrication and installation. Hardings Steel is a family owned business that remains committed to unparalleled customer service and expert craftsmanship.

Metal Fabrication

The foundation of our business and our reputation is our metal fabrication expertise. We consistently manufacture quality metal products to suit the individual needs of every client. Whether you need a custom part or a complete structure, Hardings Steel in North Vancouver can produce and install metalwork of all shapes and sizes.

Experience

Hardings Steel has more than 50 years of experience manufacturing quality metal products to suit the needs of business owners, architects, boat builders and filmmakers. This reputation of friendly service and expert workmanships sets us apart from the competition. When clients come to us with a job, they know it will get done on time and on budget, while maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Leading Edge Tools

A major part of what makes us a leader in the metal fabrication industry is our wide range of tools and services. By investing in top-quality equipment, we provide our clients with lots of options to ensure complete satisfaction with the finished product. No matter the job, the expert team at Hardings Steel can help make your vision a reality. We provide full-service metal fabrication from anything detailed CAD design to final installation. For projects requiring a high level of accuracy, we also offer water jet cutting to ensure the unmatched precision of every cut.

Whatever you’re working on, Hardings Steel can help with top-quality workmanship and friendly service.

Drilling Shears Hydraulic Press Milling & Lathe Welding Onsite Installation

Radial Arm Drilling Machine

Drilling

Hardings Steel is dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of services for all of our clients throughout the Lower Mainland. We own leading edge equipment that allows us to satisfy the needs of every project. Among our various metal fabrication tools is a radial arm drill, which allows us to drill and tap holes into a metal component. This is an integral part of the metal fabrication process.

Drilling vs Tapping

While some of our clients are quite familiar with trade terminology, others may not realize the difference between drilling and tapping. Drilling is the process of creating smooth holes in a metal component. After a hole has been drilled, it can also be tapped. Tapping is the process where a thread is created in the side of the hole, to allow for a screw or bolt to be inserted. This can be particularly useful when working on a project that requires onsite welding and installation.

Our Workmanship

The radial arm drill at Hardings Steel is capable of drilling and tapping two-inch holes into any section of a metal component. With over 50 years of experience creating lasting steel solutions, you can trust the team at Hardings Steel to provide superior workmanship and friendly service for all of your metal fabrication needs.

Hydraulic Shearing Machine

Shears

One of the major benefits of steel is its strength and durability. It’s the reason we use steel beams to build the world’s tallest skyscrapers. However, that also means we require specialized equipment to manufacture steel products. The shears in our North Vancouver metal shop allow us to cut steel and various other metals without using heat.

How it works

Often Shearing is one of the first steps in the manufacturing process, for a variety of metal projects. Just like scissors are used to cut paper, shears use cutting blades and substantial force to break the metal workpiece into smaller pieces. This allows our metal workers to remove excess material and create the initial shape of the part. Some other processes use lasers and plasma to make cuts. However, the heat involved can melt or burn the steel and distort the finished product. That’s why we use shears at our North Vancouver metal shop.

Increased Precision

While shears can create clean cuts without heat distortion, it is more difficult to make smaller cuts requiring a high-level of precision. That’s why Hardings Steel also offers leading edge Water Jet Cutting services out of our North Vancouver metal shop. This process uses pressurized water jets to make incredibly precise cuts to within 3/100ths of an inch, without running the risk of heat distortion. By offering both water jet cutting and shearing services, the expert metal workers at Hardings Steel are fully equipped to meet the exact specifications of your project.
Hydraulic Press Break

Hydraulic Press Break

The press brake helps your project take shape, literally. A press brake has the capability to bend a metal sheet at various angles to create different structures. Hardings Steel in North Vancouver is proud to own a comprehensive range of leading edge equipment, including a hydraulic press brake.

How it works

First, the sheet is slotted into a notch on the machine. Then, a ram is used to press on the metal until it bends into place. When working with sheet metal, the press brake can be adjusted to create a wide variety of bends. The computerized controls of the hydraulic press brake work to ensure that every bend is precise and to the satisfaction of our clients throughout Vancouver. Our machine can handle material to a maximum length of 11′ and a maximum sheet thickness of 3/8″.

Bending Vs Welding

In many cases, it is preferable to bend a piece into the appropriate shape, rather than welding two or more pieces together. Welding can be a much more time-consuming process than using the press brake. Additionally, welded joints may not provide the same structural integrity as a single piece that has been bent into shape.

Milling & Lathe Machine

Milling & Lathe Machine

Milling and lathing are both subtractive manufacturing processes. It creates small, detailed custom parts by cutting material away from a larger piece until only the finished subpart is left. The unique advantage of the milling & lathe machine at our metal shop, is that it can cut detailed three-dimensional shapes. From large structures, requiring onsite welding and installation, to smaller and more intricate designs, the sheet metal experts at Hardings Steel are fully equipped to handle projects of all shapes and sizes.

How it works

The milling & lathe machine at our North Vancouver metal shop is used to fashion the small, intricate sub-parts of a larger project. First, our knowledgeable engineers will create a detailed blueprint of the desired part using CAD design. Then, the computer-generated blueprint is programmed into the milling & lathe machine, which automatically creates the part. It does this by moving the workpiece around a stationary drill or cutter to remove excess material. Our lathe machine is also capable of forming screw threads among various other miniature, precision parts.

Quality Products

When your project needs superior workmanship and quick turn-around, call the professional metal workers at Hardings Steel. We have the tools, expertise, and commitment to ensure you are never dissatisfied with any of our products or installations. Don’t take our word for it, check out our projects page to see photos of our previous work.
Metal Fabrication

Welding

Welding melts metal components together to form a strong bond between the two pieces. Because of the intense heat required to melt steel, welded joints and parts provide steadfast structural integrity. That’s why steel is used in the construction industry to build many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. The expert professionals at Hardings Steel are capable of welding most metals to suit the needs of business owners in North Vancouver.

Welding Services

Welding is often, but not exclusively, among the last steps in the fabrication process. Using a blowtorch, our expert metal workers fuse two or more parts together to create a single, sturdy component. Some projects will require remote final assembly, which is why we also offer onsite welding and installation to our clients. We will take the time to ensure your product is installed properly and won’t leave until you are completely satisfied.

Quality Workmanship

The team of skilled metal workers at Hardings Steel have over 50 years of experience and always take the time to ensure the complete satisfaction of every client. No matter how large or small the project, we have the expertise to make sure it gets done efficiently while creating a lasting product. From initial design to fabrication of the finished product, we can bring your big idea to life.

Onsite Welding

Onsite Welding & Installation

At Hardings Steel, every job is custom tailored to fit the specifications and needs of the client. Frequently, this includes onsite installation of the finished product and additional welding. No matter how large or small your project, Darren Harding and his team will make the installation quick and painless. We are happy to provide onsite welding and installation to businesses through Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Preparation

Before anything is built, the team at Hardings Steel will take the time to inspect the site of the installation. This is to ensure your finished project will be delivered and installed without difficulty. It’s important to know ahead of time if there are any tight doorways that won’t fit the fully assembled structure. In such cases, we can fabricate the parts in our North Vancouver workshop and then bring our tools on the road to complete the installation using onsite welding. The fine precision of our water jet cutting machine will ensure every part fits perfectly.

Client Satisfaction

We are dedicated to complete customer satisfaction with all of our work. That’s why we offer CAD design to help our clients visualize their idea and create a detailed blueprint. This also includes the final assembly of the project. Our friendly team of expert engineers will work hard to finish the installation and won’t leave until you are completely happy with the finished product.

Water Jet Cutting

Specifications

The Omax 1530 Water Jet machine has a 10’0″ x 5’2″ cutting envelope and is capable of cutting a variety of materials, including Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Aluminum, Titanium, Plastics, Non-tempered glass, Rubber material, and all types of hard or soft wood. The precision operation of the machine makes it perfect for cuts requiring a high degree of accuracy. No matter the project, Hardings Steel can provide unmatched precision.

Custom Precision

Water jet cutting gives you the freedom to create custom parts and the confidence to know they will fit perfectly. We also offer expert CAD design services to help make your vision a reality. Our expert designers can work with you to generate a detailed blueprint, which is then programmed into the Omax 1530 to ensure every cut is exact.

With over 50 years of experience, the friendly experts at Hardings Steel are always happy to talk shop. We also offer free estimates and competitive pricing to help you budget for your project.
Our expert team knows the importance of quick, simple solutions to complicated problems. That’s why we offer Water Jet Cutting to ensure all of our cuts are precise to 3 thousandths of an inch, without metal burrs or heat distortion. When you need custom parts that fit perfectly, ask us about the power and precision of Water Jet Cutting in North Vancouver.

CAD Design

We provide comprehensive metal fabrication for all applications. Rather than contracting multiple companies to design, manufacture and install your project, we can do all three on time and on budget. If you don’t already have a design blueprint for your project, the expert engineers at Hardings Steel can create one using CAD design.

What is CAD?

CAD stands for Computer Aided Design, a process used across a wide variety of industries to help clients visualize their project and provide a detailed blueprint for the manufacturer. Using software like SolidWorks and AutoCAD, we can generate both 2D and 3D models of your concept. Including detailed measurements.

The Design Process

The first step in the design process is to request a free estimate from Hardings Steel. This will help our expert engineers better understand what you’re looking for and allow us to provide an educated estimate about your project’s production cost. From there, we can work with rough sketches, photographs, or partial designs to fully conceptualize your idea in a 3D environment. With detailed CAD design, we can also identify and correct any structural problems prior to manufacturing. Once we have an initial design, we will continue to work with you to modify the design until you are completely satisfied.

After the design process is complete, you can rely on us to manufacture and install your design while adhering to the highest quality of workmanship. To learn more about CAD design or to request an estimate, contact us today!