Cold Heading Quality Wire & Rod (CHQ)

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Tri Star Metals manufacturing facility is located in Freeport, Illinois with stocking distribution locations in Carol Stream, Illinois and Limerick, Pennsylvania. We carry a complete line of stainless cold heading wire inventory available for next day delivery. Tri Star Metals has a comprehensive stainless and nickel rod inventory, providing us with the ability to produce custom sizes using our proprietary coatings.

302HQ 304/304L
305 316/316L
410 321/347
420 430
17-4PH A286
I718 I600
M400 K500
  • All grades can be supplied as AIP, AFS or HRAP rod
  • Size range from .030″ thru 1″
  • Domestic or DFARS compliant material
  • Metallurgists on staff to provide any technical assistance you may need
  • *Other grades available upon request.
Standard packaging
  • Individually paper wrapped coils
  • Identifying tag on all coils
  • Start end of coils marked for easy identification
  • Solid wood spacers in-between all coils
  • Plastic sleeves on carriers to protect material
CHQ Coatings

Tri-Coat Copper™ & Tri-Coat Copper/Moly™

  • Specifically designed to be used on heavier extrusions
  • Can be supplied with precoat, grease or moly to improve lubricity

Tri-Coat Wax™

  • Industry leading application process is used to create better adhesion to material
  • Applied in conjunction with Tri-Coat for dual coating to improve lubricity
  • Substitute for metallic coatings usually required for light to moderate extrusions

Tri-Coat Soap™

  • Promotes better tool & die life
  • Low moisture pick up for sustainability of coating
Wire Descriptions Standard Tolerances
AFS: Annealed at

Final Size

.035″ – .311″ +/-.002″
312″ – .500″ +/-.003″
.501″ – 1.00″ +/-.004″
AIP: Annealed in Process
.035″ – .311″ +/-.001″
.312″ – .500″ +/-.0015″
.501″ – 1.00″ +/-.002″
.218″ – Above +/-.006″

thru +/-.010

+/-.010″ Out of round
1/2 standard tolerance upon request

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