What I really like to do when not generating sawdust is designing simple production fixtures and building machinery from salvage. In the past I’ve built two 6”X 89” edge sanders, a 6” X 186” stroke sander, and quite a few X-Y box joint and/or dovetail fixtures. But, these days, my shop is clean and I don’t have my big stash of electro-mechanical components anymore, so I have to source things out as I need them.
In the US, a great source for this stuff is McMaster-Carr, a company I am quite familiar with, who typically has just about any gear, bearing, belt or other mechanical part you’d ever need. So… from their website, I submitted a fairly big order for timing sprockets and belts, pillow blocks, bevel gears, and linear motion components. That was two weeks ago, and I received a confirmation of the order within an hour of submitting it.
Imagine my surprise when I got an email from them today, regretting the fact that they could not honor my order, due to “ever-increasing Customs regulations”!!! Yeah, I live in Canada nowadays, and didn’t even give it a thought. I knew McMaster’s reputation for fast worldwide shipping, and assumed I made the right decision.
Question is…I need to find a wide-based industrial supply house either IN Canada, or willing to ship TO Canada. I need a place that has on-the-shelf inventory, and is willing to sell to private individuals like me.
Does anyone have some first-hand experience with such a place in Canada? Please don’t suggest Google…18 pages worth, either they won’t sell to Canada, minimum $ order size, cater to corporate accounts only, or want my Dun&Bradstreet ID….frustrating! I’m buying dribs and drabs on eBay, but the shipping costs are killing me . Heck, I might even consider a mail-forwarding service, I don’t mind paying duty on what I buy, at this point. Who has solved this problem?
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