Woodcraft's new sales flyer

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by willie posted 08-26-2014 04:00 PM 2275 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View willie's profile


534 posts in 2690 days

08-26-2014 04:00 PM

Opened the newest e-mail from Woodcraft today to see that they’re now selling lawn mowers and other yard tools. What does this have to with woodworking? I can buy all that stuff at the big box stores. I thought Woodcraft was a specialty store for woodworking. Apparently they aren’t making enough money and have to pretend they’re just a smaller version of Lowe’s or HD. What’s next, a pharmacy?

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

19 replies so far

View Loren's profile


10477 posts in 3883 days

#1 posted 08-26-2014 04:07 PM

Dunno. Woodworking tools is a tough business.

Look at what happened to Garrett Wade. They’re
still around, sure, but they’re not what they were.
The catalog used to be all fine woodworking tools
and now that part of it is real scaled back in favor
of gardening stuff.

Lots more people have gardening tool needs than
have woodworking tool needs.

View Crank50's profile


173 posts in 1812 days

#2 posted 08-26-2014 05:47 PM

Lee Valley also has other stuff. Maybe this is a trend.

View Ocelot's profile


2125 posts in 2874 days

#3 posted 08-26-2014 06:15 PM

Garrett Wade also sells gardening stuff.

View Straightlines's profile


70 posts in 2129 days

#4 posted 08-26-2014 07:15 PM

Japan Woodworker was one of my local bricks and mortar stores, then the owner decided to retire, again, and WoodCraft bought them. Japan Woodworker in now online only and it’s no longer possible to actually go in and handle those very cool and kinda expensive tools from another land….

-- Cut twice, measure once ... DOH!

View sawdustjunkie's profile


399 posts in 1953 days

#5 posted 08-26-2014 10:34 PM

Nothing but tools in my flyer. Woodcraft must not be selling enough tools here in Wisconsin!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

View walden's profile


1552 posts in 2258 days

#6 posted 08-26-2014 10:53 PM

I know Woodcraft is a franchise, so each store is independently owned and operated. Sounds like the owner of your store has decided grass is the new wood…

It is cool to go to different Woodcraft stores around the country as each one is a bit different. There is one in Atlanta that carries a bunch of high-end hand tools from independent makers as well as Lie Nielsen. I could spend hours in that place.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

View willie's profile


534 posts in 2690 days

#7 posted 08-28-2014 03:48 AM

Got the paper copy of their current flyer in the mail today. No mention there about anything not pertaining to woodworking, just in the digital copy.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

View diverlloyd's profile


3278 posts in 2093 days

#8 posted 08-28-2014 12:38 PM

Maybe they are testing the waters for a stop mower by stop saw. Could save a few toes for a couple of grand. I will stick with my local hardware store they can get just about anything and that sucks that woodcraft would go into a different market but maybe it will lower the prices if they are making profit elsewhere.

View EastLake's profile


46 posts in 1773 days

#9 posted 08-28-2014 01:13 PM

I can see lawn/property care equipment as part of the general DIY / Handyman market. As a woodworker, I also have a background in landscaping and electrical. They have them, but it doesn’t mean we need to buy them. The best way to send a message to Woodcraft is to just patronize their wood working equipment, and worry about lawn care somewhere else. (Hopefully it doesn’t put them out of business).

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

View walden's profile


1552 posts in 2258 days

#10 posted 08-28-2014 01:46 PM

With the price of lumber in certain parts of the country, Woodcraft could start selling a bigger line of nice axes, chainsaw mill attachments, log dogs, etc. as a way to help woodworkers process their own lumber. These are also items most big box stores don’t carry.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

View Ripthorn's profile


1459 posts in 3221 days

#11 posted 08-28-2014 01:51 PM

Several months ago they announced that they were going to have a secondary operation that did things like lawn mowers, garage organization, outdoor equipment, etc. A lot of online retailers are expanding their online offerings because they don’t have to stock them at all stores and can drop ship stuff and make a few bucks. It’s just like the packet you get in your Rockler packages, but digital.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

View ohtimberwolf's profile


881 posts in 2588 days

#12 posted 08-28-2014 01:55 PM

Right on Brian,
They wouldn’t even have to carry those items, Go with companies that offer drop ship on orders. Or have a place you can see the product in the real, that they have given a good deal to a woodworker on one piece of equipment, in order to allow showings.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

View Nubsnstubs's profile


1434 posts in 1966 days

#13 posted 08-28-2014 02:25 PM

I live in the desert, so I guess my local Woodcraft wouldn’t be carrying items like that. It’s probably local demand items carried in the stores. I’ve been in small towns where a hardware store was selling groceries and auto parts…. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

View Paul Maurer's profile

Paul Maurer

162 posts in 1790 days

#14 posted 08-28-2014 03:55 PM

So, do Woodcraft’s employees now have to like yard work as much as we do?

View Rob's profile


704 posts in 3306 days

#15 posted 08-28-2014 05:14 PM

My nearby Woodsmith Store primarily stocks woodworking tools, lumber, and supplies; but it also has a decent-sized area up front with gardening and grilling stuff. Certainly it’s largely about diversifying their offerings as more stores try to become your one-stop-shop, but I suspect it’s also to help your better half kill time and maybe find a few things buy for the yard, add to the honey-do list, and maybe find some gift ideas.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert -

showing 1 through 15 of 19 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics