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Forum topic by MrRon posted 06-18-2014 05:23 PM 1397 views 1 time favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2014 05:23 PM

I have been dealing with McMaster-Carr now for over 15 years. They have EVERYTHING. I think their motto was “If you can’t find it here, you don’t need it”. Their on-line catalog is a masterpiece. Easy to search and to order from. There are CAD drawings that you can download to your Cad files. Prices are reasonable and delivery is outstanding. Any order I’ve placed has been delivered in 2 days or less. McFeelys’ on the other hand has a great selection of screws, but their on-line catalog is a disaster. You can’t browse like you can with McMasterCarr. There are so many things about the McMaster-Carr catalog I like. They have pages dedicated to the properties of adhesives, types of fasteners, materials and on and on. It’s the place I go to when I need information. The company has been around for over 100 years. I don’t work for them, but I do recommend them 100% over any other company around. Everyone is aware the cost of everything has gone up astronomically within the past few months. It appears McMaster-Carr’s prices have been quite stable over the years. I found prices today are quite in line with prices in their catalog of 10 years ago. It’s very difficult to get a printed catalog from them. I have one that I got in my job. I treasure it.

You obviously would not buy from them such items like PVC or any sort of pipe, steel beams or building materials; anything that would cost a lot to ship.

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#1 posted 06-18-2014 05:28 PM

I have not checked McMaster Carr for a long time. I will now very soon. Always good to hear about pricing and prompt service.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 06:35 PM

I will gladly second that emotion.
McMaster Carr is da bomb.
Best web site I have ever used.
Been a customer since 1974.

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 07:27 PM

Mc Master is by far #1.
I use them almost everyday for my job.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 06-18-2014 08:00 PM

I’ve ordered a few things from McMaster. You don’t know the shipping cost until after it ships, but it’s usually reasonable.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 06-18-2014 09:18 PM

One of my favorite places for sure and at times get things delivered next day with cheap shipping. I snatched the print catalog from work also when they were throwing it out.

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#6 posted 06-19-2014 01:45 AM

Thanks Mr Ron for making me aware of this option.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 06-19-2014 09:36 AM

I personally much prefer to shop on line than through the huge catalog.
In general I do not like paper, I much prefer paperless transactions

-- Bert

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#8 posted 06-19-2014 12:53 PM

I just placed my first order with McMasterCarr. The advice here is spot on. I have never before had the pleasure of such a well organized and easy to use online catalog.

I will hold final judgement, however, until I hear what the shipping charges are. My order is for small items so I do not expect a shocker.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#9 posted 06-19-2014 01:11 PM

In addition, what I order at work, I receive the next day.
Mc Master is an excellent company to work with.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 06-19-2014 01:33 PM

Just recently ordered from them for the first time as they were the only place I could find exactly what I wanted. Outstanding service and great Webb site. I’ll definitely be buying from them in the future.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 06-19-2014 01:45 PM

They indeed seem to have everything. I’m lucky because I live about 30 minutes away from their warehouse. If you saw the size of this place you’d realize why they have everything :). It’s like a prison compound and it’s hidden away off the highway like one too, GPS gets confused on how to get there. And as a web developer I agree their site is fantastic and very well done.

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#12 posted 06-19-2014 01:49 PM

The first time I saw their site, I was amazed. You could build a car from the ground up just from parts ordered from them. Incredible. A “build your own tools” dream

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#13 posted 06-19-2014 02:51 PM

Dusty, I think most small items ship for $6. At least that’s been about what shipping has been for me on a few occasions.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#14 posted 06-19-2014 02:58 PM

Thanks for the info .I thought I knew all of the places to order from but this is a new one on me.

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#15 posted 06-19-2014 04:21 PM

At first I assumed everyone had heard of McMaster-Carr, but after reading replies to the post, I’m happy I did. They are not a woodworking supply house, but there are plenty of things woodworkers use that they can provide. Their prices are reasonable. I have found the quality of what they sell is excellent, even though they don’t list brand names on many of their items. They are a big supplier to industry and military, so quality is important. I especially like the no minimum order requirement that is often the case with other big suppliers.

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