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JerrodMcCrary

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12-06-2015 04:07 PM

When it is time to buy a new tool what are some of the sites that you use. Some are cheaper, some have good customer service, etc. I mainly use amazon, lowes, home depot, boltdepot.com, lee valley, and looked at rockler and woodcraft sites. Thought this might help me and others find some good online companies to deal with. Thanks for your replies.


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#1 posted 12-06-2015 04:21 PM

There’s also Peach tree,woodworker supply,Garret wade,Highland woodworking,hartvilletool,Grizzly tools

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#2 posted 12-06-2015 04:42 PM

I look to Grizzly, Amazon, Utter Guys, Tools Plus, Woodcraft, Rockler, Sears, Big Sky Tools, Holbren, Infinity, Hartville, etc.

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bkseitz

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#3 posted 12-06-2015 04:47 PM

I primarily use Rockler, Woodcraft, and Home Depot stores—I find seeing the tools in person helps me a lot, plus the stores I go to have people knowledgeable about the tools* and woodworking. I think this is a real help as since the Rockler and Woodcraft staff are all experienced woodworkers in their own right you get practical advice.

The Home Depot staff is hit and miss. Several of the staff are real experienced with tools, however, often they only do a season there and leave. Which is why my tool purchases from HD are very narrow—mainly suppliers and 18v Battery tools.

Additionally its Woodpecker, Amazon, and recently Harbor Freight. Just purchased a 2HP Dust Collector from HF that seems to have a good reputation for being cost effective and Super Dust Deputy from Oneida via Amazon. Assembling a home grown cyclone system will be my next project this winter.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#4 posted 12-06-2015 04:51 PM

I thought of a few more Osborne Wood Products‎,Conestoga Woodworking Supply ,MLCS,eagleamerica, whitesiderouterbits , woodline , .hartvilletool , sommerfeldtools , timberline , Leigh industries , Toolbarn , wolfcraft,
japanwoodworker , CPO outlet, harborfreight,

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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JerrodMcCrary

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#5 posted 12-06-2015 04:57 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone. I just purchased the harbor freight DC also, I had been waiting to get one and I was going to buy it this year. So I have been lurking and watching the price, cause you can always get it for the 209 plus 20% off, but I figured on black friday they would have 25% off coupons but no they didn’t. So the other day I was looking and actually saw it on sale for 169 and I used the 20% to get it for 136 plus tax and also got the free voltage meter they had a coupon for on the sale flyer they sent me in the mail. My DC is a gray color so I guess they updated them or just changed colors, hope it is the same or better. Looks identical except color. I got to wait till I open it though. Im going to set mine up something like one of these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpUbhA-6fbM http://jayscustomcreations.com/2013/03/modified-harbor-freight-dust-collector/ and vent it outside.

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#6 posted 12-06-2015 05:02 PM

Craftsman studio. Free shipping over 75$.

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#7 posted 12-06-2015 05:08 PM

Google is my friend and I rarely end up with a “go-to” source. Of course I always cross-check against Amazon. I have bought a lot through EBay but that site is getting very difficult to navigate I think (a lot sellers manage to sneak their stuff into categories where they don’t fit) and a good deal is often ruined by excessive shipping charges.

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#8 posted 12-06-2015 05:14 PM

@JerrodMcCary you might want to consider Steve Emmons approach. The past two months I’ve been buying the components to build something similar. The last major component is the Winn 35a Filer which is rated at .5 Micros. That should cut down the really small particles which are the worst to breath in.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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JerrodMcCrary

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#9 posted 12-06-2015 05:35 PM

Ill check his approach out, Jay at Jaycustomcreations mentioned him in his comments and I had forgot. Thanks for the recommendation.

I also like to google everything also, sometimes these lesser known places don’t pop up and you don’t ever see their prices.

edit: I just looked at his and it is very nice. I may hook it up like I mentioned then have to save for that super dust deputy. Im probably just going to vent mine outside so I will not need a filter.

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#10 posted 12-06-2015 08:52 PM

I check Amazon, E-bay, Harbor Freight, Craigslist, and which ever “big box” store is closest to you. Find tools wherever they are.

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#11 posted 12-07-2015 02:36 AM

Woodworking show is a good place to get hands on and then order from where you want later. For the next season try this llink

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#12 posted 12-07-2015 03:07 AM

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Tools for Working Wood. Great people over there, and they have stuff you cant find anywhere else.

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#13 posted 12-07-2015 03:15 AM

You’re getting lots of good hits on where to buy but I don’t see much on when to buy. If your like me anytime is a good time buy tools.

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bkseitz

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#14 posted 12-07-2015 01:09 PM

@Alaskaguy,
. I originally started buying tools when I decided I needed a shop. From that decision I bought tools off a suggested list In “Setting up Shop”.

Sort of good advice….however, that lead me to purchasing a few items I’ve not really used: Lath and radial arm saw.

Years later in a little more conservative—my day job influencing my shop investments. Now I wait till I have a demonstrated need to perform that activity in an ongoing basis and a tool would improve quality, time, or safety.

That has me then start researching which tool and looking for a good price. Only time I rush out to buy now is if in middle of job that I can’t complete without.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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bonesbr549

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#15 posted 12-07-2015 03:30 PM

I (now) use brick -n- mortar if at all possible. I just like supporting those guys trying to stay in the game. I also like coastal tool for saw blades great service and prices.

I am a amazon prime fan as well

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