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Forum topic by Cliff De Witt posted 02-25-2011 06:20 PM 1043 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cliff De Witt

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02-25-2011 06:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question drill-driver

Good Golly,

I just tried to order two small Items from Lee Valley and the shipping wound up being 44% of the price of the items. That is ridiculous I guess I will have to look somewhere else.

Does anyone know where I might get a Hex adapter for a yankee Screwdriver?

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”


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childress

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 06:35 PM

Sears maybe???

-- Childress Woodworks

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 06:37 PM

Any place I know of, there is a minimum shipping and handling charge. Whenever I have to purchase a small item that I can only find online, I try to think if there is anything else around the shop I need that I could get from that vendor. At least that way, I get more of my money’s worth from that shipping charge. And if you are dealing with Amazon, you can often get free shipping if you bump up the size of the order. Actually, I don’t know why more woodworking suppliers don’t offer free or reduced shipping on larger orders. It seems like good business.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Cliff De Witt

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 07:11 PM

Charlie the 44% was when I did add some other items, with just the adapter, that was all I really wanted, it was $11.00 shipping for a $7.00 item. I thought It might be the difference in USD and Canadian but I called and their crack customer service guy said ” that is the way it is.” I guess being helpful is dead in other places besides the USA too.

I guess when I need some more gouges or skews I will look at them again and see if I can spend enough to make my business worth their wile.

I have to laugh, because as I am sitting here one of my customers called complaining that the freight on his $15K order was $1.25 more than I quoted. Guess everyone is looking at pennies.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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David Craig

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 07:55 PM

There are a few online retailers that will offer free shipping 2-3 times a year. Places like Rockler, Highland Woodworking, and Woodcraft are a few. If I am going to make an order, I will look for small items to add, things like tact cloth, different glues, sanding supplies, anything and everything that will eventually be used to help inflate the order to one in which the shipping/product cost ratio makes more sense.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 08:01 PM

I had a real problem with a delivery from Lee Valley that used UPS. I called LV and asked that they use only the US Post Office from now on. They could do it and I think for small items USPS might be a little cheaper.

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brtech

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#6 posted 02-25-2011 08:37 PM

Lee Valley does have a somewhat larger shipping cost, but not a whole lot more.

They do have sales from time to time that offer free shipping.

I do find that it’s hard to buy less expensive components from them because of the shipping charge.

For anything like a hex adapter, see if you can find it at McMaster Carr. They seem to have the lowest charges for smaller orders.

I still buy a fair amount from LV – the quality of the product, and in many cases, they have really interesting, unique items.

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Bob, Oregon

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#7 posted 02-25-2011 09:45 PM

There is a set of photos here that will tell you how to make one, if you are so inclined. Doesn’t look too difficult and would no doubt be a whole lot cheaper than buying one and paying shipping.

Plus you’d feel very righteous, creative and frugal every time you looked at it!

-- 73, Bob

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Cliff De Witt

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 11:22 PM

Bob,

YOU ARE MY HERO!! That is sooooooo cool! and I can have it for my class tomorrow, I just found one of those in my tool box and did not even think of converting it.

There is nothing like Amateur ingenuity!

Truly FB OM
73 Cliff

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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