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Where do we buy our consumables (router bit's etc)

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    jkirk
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    halifax, nova scotia

    i follow sales and deals mostly,, if someone has a deal on freud blades i will buy them there.. for router bits i tend to buy from lee valley as their bits are the same quality as freud and often cheaper.

    for sandpaper i buy the bulk packs from home depot, sanding discs from busy bee tools

    for fasteners i pretty much refuse to buy from home depot,, the pricing is outlandishly high or when its cheap like bulk buckets of deck screws the quality is very low so i buy through my lumber yard as they are typically 25-30 % cheaper

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit

    #569437
    MrFid
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    Sudbury, MA

    i follow sales and deals mostly,, if someone has a deal on freud blades i will buy them there.. for router bits i tend to buy from lee valley as their bits are the same quality as freud and often cheaper.

    I do the same. I lean more towards Home Depot than Lowe’s because around here the people who work at Lowe’s are terrible, and despite the fact that HD employees are not much better, their app is tremendous. It tells you current inventory and location down to the bay number in each aisle. I’ve become adept also at reading stock numbers, and will happily climb a ladder and restock the item (after borrowing a box cutter from the appropriate aisle) for the folks there. Always a little reminded of this (see picture) when I walk into those places though.

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    i follow sales and deals mostly,, if someone has a deal on freud blades i will buy them there.. for router bits i tend to buy from lee valley as their bits are the same quality as freud and often cheaper.

    I do the same. I lean more towards Home Depot than Lowe’s because around here the people who work at Lowe’s are terrible, and despite the fact that HD employees are not much better, their app is tremendous. It tells you current inventory and location down to the bay number in each aisle. I’ve become adept also at reading stock numbers, and will happily climb a ladder and restock the item (after borrowing a box cutter from the appropriate aisle) for the folks there. Always a little reminded of this (see picture) when I walk into those places though.

    That picture says it all man . So true in so many departments staff don’t know where anything is .

    Always willing to learn .

    #569526
    r-ice
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    Durham region, ON

    i follow sales and deals mostly,, if someone has a deal on freud blades i will buy them there.. for router bits i tend to buy from lee valley as their bits are the same quality as freud and often cheaper.

    I do the same. I lean more towards Home Depot than Lowe’s because around here the people who work at Lowe’s are terrible, and despite the fact that HD employees are not much better, their app is tremendous. It tells you current inventory and location down to the bay number in each aisle. I’ve become adept also at reading stock numbers, and will happily climb a ladder and restock the item (after borrowing a box cutter from the appropriate aisle) for the folks there. Always a little reminded of this (see picture) when I walk into those places though.

    lol how true, the only thing they do know is where the item you are looking for . I know what I am looking for but never know where it is in the store, its like a maze.

    #570357
    MrFid
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    Sudbury, MA

    the only thing they do know is where the item you are looking for

    Even that is a stretch around here. Their turnover is so quick for employees that everyone always seems like they’re new to the store, and even if you can describe it and give them the name of what you’re trying to find, they still have no clue. The Home Depot app makes the trips there SO much more pleasant.

    #570648
    theamcguy
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    Fayetteville, NC

    HD and Lowes have a lot of stuff for sure but they are limited on the brands they carry. I use McFeelys or McMaster Carr they have it all.

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    Fayetteville, NC
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    #570654
    MrFid
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    Sudbury, MA

    HD and Lowes have a lot of stuff for sure but they are limited on the brands they carry. I use McFeelys or McMaster Carr they have it all.

    @theamcguy are there brick and mortar McMaster Carrs near you? I order from them off their website, but the definitely don’t sell retail near me.

    #570657
    theamcguy
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    Fayetteville, NC

    @theamcguy are there brick and mortar McMaster Carrs near you?

    No mail order only. But they do ship fast. I do have a Fastenal and Graingers in town though and they are fairly close to each other. Problem is most of what i need when I go there needs to be ordered.

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    Fayetteville, NC
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    #570684

    There is nowhere near me that has anything beyond the basics – I even have trouble finding 6-1/2 circular saw blades in stock

    Amazon, Lee-Valley, and a couple of other online stores get all my business and I have to be patient or preorder somehow knowing what spares I will need

    #570697
    r-ice
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    Durham region, ON

    There is nowhere near me that has anything beyond the basics – I even have trouble finding 6-1/2 circular saw blades in stock

    Amazon, Lee-Valley, and a couple of other online stores get all my business and I have to be patient or preorder somehow knowing what spares I will need

    what about elite tools, as they are in montreal and i’ve been ordering from them quite a bit lately.

    #570703

    There is nowhere near me that has anything beyond the basics – I even have trouble finding 6-1/2 circular saw blades in stock

    Amazon, Lee-Valley, and a couple of other online stores get all my business and I have to be patient or preorder somehow knowing what spares I will need

    what about elite tools, as they are in montreal and i’ve been ordering from them quite a bit lately.

    Out in Levis – 3 hours away

    #570707

    There is nowhere near me that has anything beyond the basics – I even have trouble finding 6-1/2 circular saw blades in stock

    Amazon, Lee-Valley, and a couple of other online stores get all my business and I have to be patient or preorder somehow knowing what spares I will need

    Tony tools, and outils berger, then the typical big box for some hardware,
    Fastenal and Teniquip at times.

    #570728

    I just found a small wood work store by me that sells bits at a good price point . My spend some money there when my bits are shot .

    Always willing to learn .

    #617025
    JamieM
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    Hamilton, ON

    I purchase all of our fasteners, hardware and supplies from Richelieu. They have warehouses across Canada and the US for pickup, but we get everything shipped to our shop. Been dealing with them for over 5 years and never had any issues. Depending on the products, they’ll even send you samples if you are unsure or wanting to personally try it.

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