Do they post to Australia? it is incredibly hard to get surface plates here
Good question. I’d suspect shipping would eat up any savings and then some.
Is there no equivalent to McMaster-Carr or MSC Direct?
I don’t want to derail this thread, but here is an auction for a 18" x 24" x 3" surface plate and stand in SoCal. It is at $93.00 for everything right now, but even if it goes up, it will still go for a lot less than new.
Assuming B Grade (tool room grade) It’s Grade A (Inspection) [ based on the data plate accuracy dimensions ] from this company:
$294.00 18 x 24 x 3 surface plate
$433.00 18 x 24 castered stand
And don’t forget shipping.