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Old 07-21-2018, 04:48 PM   #1
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Favorite Alternatives To Home Depot And Loews For Supplies

Thought it might be handy to start a thread for stores to get supplies/tools that are not the HomOews Box Stores. Not the rv/bus parts/graveyard type of thread but for stores that sell all the specialty hardware, electronics and tools we might need. The local, regional joints. The ones that are still left typically stock everything the big boys donít. Stores with rows of bolts and nuts, 550 polyurethane, end mills and more, IN STOCK. Dingy wonderlands like this



Remember when you didnít need a police escort to buy a rattle can?


550 on the shelf


How about we post our favorites, where they are and what they stock? Could be a great resource for those oops I should have ordered more on Amazon or the dreaded stranded where can I get it now situation. Personally, I like to wander these type of stores and get ideas. Iíll start:

McFadden Dale
Hardware Store
SoCal, Phoenix, Las Vegas
McFadden-Dale Home
Old school. Aisles of bolts and nuts. Poly 550 in stock.

McMaster Carr
Everything hardware.
Chicago/Online.
https://www.mcmaster.com
They have everything. If you want to prototype or design with part numbers and drawings. Not the cheapest, but great search and good place to see if that thing in your head exists.

Digikey
Electronics parts
Online
https://www.digikey.com
For electronic parts and connectors and components. Not cheap but excellent online resources. Cross reference, drawings, specs, and application engineers you can call and question about parts.

Whatís you favorite place?
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Old 07-21-2018, 05:15 PM   #2
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in columbus ohio we have Zettler hardware, ACE hardware(they are OK), and sutherlands lumber / Hardware.. all devent sized places like you speak of.. rows and rows of bolts N nuts.. guys that will cut open packages for you to see if something fits,



Grainger is pricey and typically order-only but they do have the hard-to-get hardware parts.. and usually within a day or so if you are in a decent sized city..



NAPA stores that are located near trucking yards and industrial parks. often stock comon parts like belts / hoses / fittings / filters for medium / heavy duty trucks and busses.. and have machine shops too if you need drums turned, driveshafts shortened, U-joints installed, etc.. they also have a lot of hardware believe it or not..


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I like Fastenal.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:10 PM   #4
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I hate Fastenal around here. They only carry quantities and won't break open a pack to sell individuals. I don't want to buy 100 if I only need 6. One of the only stores I know that won't. They are definitely the most expensive place for anything they sell.
I buy all my bolt type hardware at TSC now, they sell by the pound, not by the piece and it works out to be about 1/10 of the price at Home Depot.
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For those who happen to be in rural areas, check out farm co-ops. Interesting selection of hardware including all sorts of mechanical items for getting tractors back to work. If I'm looking for bolts and the like I'll usually stop in at the local co-op first since the prices are rock bottom.

EDIT: similar to what Christopher said, farm Napas have proven to have an excellent selection of in-stock parts. Way better than the typical automotive stores.
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Rural King is a good place to get oil, batteries, tools, and stuff like that for pretty cheap.
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I hate Fastenal around here. They only carry quantities and won't break open a pack to sell individuals. I don't want to buy 100 if I only need 6. One of the only stores I know that won't. They are definitely the most expensive place for anything they sell.
I buy all my bolt type hardware at TSC now, they sell by the pound, not by the piece and it works out to be about 1/10 of the price at Home Depot.
Is TSC Tractor Supply Co? If so, there is one out here in Pahrump.
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Is TSC Tractor Supply Co? If so, there is one out here in Pahrump.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:44 PM   #9
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For those of you in Phoenix, check out Sumo Sales at 48 Ave and Van Buren.
It's an outlet store for Home Depot and other retailers. Kind of hard to describe. Confusing, very large, bad lighting, lots and lots of merchandise.
They assign someone to help you and they will give you the prices of the items.



Generally 50% off Home Depot prices and everything is negotiable.



Picked up a 12v chest cooler for $10 reg. $80. New but looked like a floor sample, but who cares?
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Thought it might be handy to start a thread for stores to get supplies/tools that are not the HomOews Box Stores. Not the rv/bus parts/graveyard type of thread but for stores that sell all the specialty hardware, electronics and tools we might need. The local, regional joints. The ones that are still left typically stock everything the big boys donít. Stores with rows of bolts and nuts, 550 polyurethane, end mills and more, IN STOCK. Dingy wonderlands like this



Remember when you didnít need a police escort to buy a rattle can?


550 on the shelf


How about we post our favorites, where they are and what they stock? Could be a great resource for those oops I should have ordered more on Amazon or the dreaded stranded where can I get it now situation. Personally, I like to wander these type of stores and get ideas. Iíll start:

McFadden Dale
Hardware Store
SoCal, Phoenix, Las Vegas
McFadden-Dale Home
Old school. Aisles of bolts and nuts. Poly 550 in stock.

McMaster Carr
Everything hardware.
Chicago/Online.
https://www.mcmaster.com
They have everything. If you want to prototype or design with part numbers and drawings. Not the cheapest, but great search and good place to see if that thing in your head exists.

Digikey
Electronics parts
Online
https://www.digikey.com
For electronic parts and connectors and components. Not cheap but excellent online resources. Cross reference, drawings, specs, and application engineers you can call and question about parts.

Whatís you favorite place?
Anyone know a source for a 1" drive cordless tire impact? Cause hand wrenching them wheels in the rain ain't fun. LoL
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