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titanxt

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131 days ago

What is the difference between the Blum brand full-extension, ball-bearing slides and what you find at the local BORG such as Menards?

Thank you!

Andy

-- www.creeativewoodworking.com


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Nicky

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#1 posted 131 days ago

So if we’re not talking soft close or under mount slides, just plain ole side mounted ball bearing full-extensions then nothing with two exception.

#1 I buy slides by the box, and get the woodtek brand from woodworkers supply. The are imported (China) so I would think that they are also sold at the borg. The slides have oil on all surfaces. I clean mine before install by wiping the outside surfaces with some paint thinner. This type of hardware is always installed after finish is applied. Dust, especially from sanding will stick to all the surfaces because of the oil coating. Careful not to clean the ball-bearing mechanism.

#2 Price.

-- Nicky

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 131 days ago

My local Lowes and Menards sells Blum. However, I ship in cases cheaper than I can buy them there for. I usually buy 20-30 pairs at a time.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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jmartel

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#3 posted 131 days ago

This is the cheapest site I’ve found by far. The slides work just fine for me.

http://www.cshardware.com/kitchen-and-bath/slides-and-drawers.html

Basically same stuff that the big box stores sell, just without the stupid markup.

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 131 days ago

I think I answered this elsewhere, but my Menard’s do no stock Blum, the ones they have are marketed under the Hickory name and are very poor quality (IMHO). I will no longer buy them.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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Iwud4u

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#5 posted 131 days ago

Number of ball bearings, ?
Quality of the race holding the bearings, ?
Tolerances accepted by the company. ?
Guess it depends on the brands being compared. They all look like there the same anymore these days.
That being said, there’s not much of a difference I can tell, but it seems like some work and slide smoother than others. I like the Top Slide brand (for the cheap knock off’s.)

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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Redoak49

271 posts in 593 days


#6 posted 131 days ago

I have been buying full extension ball bearing slides from Woodworkers Hardware for $5-6 a pair. I have used quite a few and been very happy with them. The shipping was reasonable and very fast.

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