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I stumbled upon a tool and hardware supplier. Pretty cool site, they seem to have everything from fasteners to sandpaper, pliers, wire, bearings, tools.

https://www.mcmaster.com/

The website goes on forever, but good stuff, decent prices
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Re: Pretty cool tool and hardware supplier
Vpfalcon wrote:
I stumbled upon a tool and hardware supplier. Pretty cool site, they seem to have everything from fasteners to sandpaper, pliers, wire, bearings, tools.

https://www.mcmaster.com/

The website goes on forever, but good stuff, decent prices
OH MAN! yes you are right, McMastercarr is a treasure trove of goodies!
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Last time I saw the catalog it was in print!
Massive!
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Love this site. Thanks for the tip.

I've actually been completely shocked at what's available at my local Ace hardware...even woodruff keys.
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McMaster-Carr is great. You might also check out Grainger. They have an extensive network of brick & mortar stores and shipping for pickup at your local store is free. Avoids the problem of paying $10 to ship $5 worth of screws.
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Haole wrote:
Last time I saw the catalog it was in print!
Massive!
I still get a Chicago phone book thick catalog from them at work.
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Their phone app is amazing too.

McMaster is incredible for the breadth of parts they have, their warehouse site locations that enable very fast delivery, the fact that they have no purchase minimum (though shipping costs for small amounts may make you think twice), and incredible ease of navigation. And returns are easy too - you just send stuff back.

Everyone with a scooter, motorcycle, or boat should be a McMaster customer. They are so good I've never taken the time to understand how to work with Grainger, though they opened a store next to my local Home Depot. But I've heard they're good too.
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I tried using Grainger once in Brooklyn and remember them being kinda a pain in terms of minimum orders for nuts, bolts and the like were unnecessarily large. They also required a membership or something to order online and for some reason my account was inactive and I could no longer order online, but had to go back into the Brooklyn location to get set up again. I also remember the people working the Brooklyn store were not the nicest the one or two times I went in. Never went back to get my account set up again because it was too much trouble for somewhat expensive stuff and I didn't want to deal with the attitude.

Mcmaster on the other hand I think is great! Affordable, fast shipping and minimum orders of smaller items like nuts and bolts is small enough for avg person. The shipping costs aren't THAT bad for small orders. Sure if you just need 100 8mm nuts for $5 then the shipping might make you think twice, but just add some other stuff you need up to about 20-30 bucks and it won't be so bad. There is always something else you could use from mcmaster! Every time I place a small order, I end up browsing around and finding some obscure tool or item that I could use and was surprised they had in inventory. It sure as hell beats trying to find (if you are lucky) metric nuts and bolts at home depot or lowes, and having to overpay for a bag of 4 nuts when a box of 100 from mcmaster is the same price!
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I tried using Grainger once in Brooklyn and remember them being kinda a pain in terms of minimum orders for nuts, bolts and the like were unnecessarily large. They also required a membership or something
I haven't dealt with Grainger since the 90's, but back then you had to have a sales tax exemption certificate on file with them in order to purchase anything.
It was basically "to the trade" only - they did NOT sell to the general public.
After I shut down that business I couldn't buy from them again even if I wanted to (unless I opened a new business).
I guess they are open to the public now?
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I think you are right and reminded me what the problem was. That was my problem. I used it with a company i was working for then tried to use it on my own after i left that job and couldn't because i didn't have sales tax id. It's been 15 yrs since then so i just remember them being difficult when i tried to create my own account.
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As most suppliers now no longer trade only it happened quite a few years ago here, only place i get trade discount is parts suppliers for heating and some discount on plumbing stuff as I have an account but quite often it's cheaper from screw fix or tool station even B&Q as they have a trade section now
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