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Old 11-18-2009, 07:42 AM
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Shop supplies / Good? Bad?

Who do you use for consumables? Blades, belts, coolant, gas, wire...etc

Grainger
Praxair
Fastenal
Praxair
MSC
Airgas

Did I miss anyone?

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Try Lehigh Valley Abrasives at:

www.lehighvalleyabrasives.com

for all sorts of abrasives and blades.

I get my welding supplies at a local welding supply that is not one of the chains. I think it is important to use someone close to you that has reasonable prices. They are more likely to help you with advice, recommendations and repairs when you are a loyal customer.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:47 AM
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I'd stay away from Grainger they're on the pricey side.
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i am not sure if you have a mississippi welders supply over near manitowoc, but they are a great place to get supplies for anything. very knowledgable.
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Grainger used to be very pricey in my area, but they have since realigned. This according to the rep I told to go away....

Is there any new industrial supply houses in your area? Fastenal is pricey too. What about McMaster Carr if you rely on mail order?
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McMaster Carr's prices aren't the best, but they have everything and ship super quickly. I bough all my stainless steel fasteners from them.

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McMaster Carr X 2.

They have most everything a shop needs, the shipping is fast, the customer service is the best, I've been ordering stuff from them for over 20 years for my production stuff as well as parts for the custom stuff and never gotten a wrong part and the quality is always as stated. They have blades in stock for my Doall bandsaw, as well as all kinds of abrasives, drill bits, taps, dies, end mills, lathe tooling and all manner of machinist's and fabricator's stuff .
Those guys set the standard.


For welding wire, TIG and plasma consumables and gas I go to my local welding supply.

Specialized fasteners like chrome plated stuff I use Gardner Wescott or ARP. I have a Fastenal catalog, but they never seem to have the stuff in stock in the local store , and they are geared more towards the construction trades.

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Old 11-20-2009, 08:26 PM
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Is there any new industrial supply houses in your area?

I forgot to expand on this; I find new industrial suppliers on the block tend to be aggressive to getting new customers. Lots of good deals and introductory pricing. Speaking from a business standpoint anyway...walk in sales may be different unless you work for a company and you can throw out a name. All of our tradesmen are treated well by our suppliers even if they aren't responsible for buying shop supplies/stock.
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