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willie

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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?

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#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.

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

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

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Ocelot

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

Garrett Wade also sells gardening stuff.

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#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!

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#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

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walden

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#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.

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willie

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#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.

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diverlloyd

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#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.

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#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

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walden

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#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."

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Ripthorn

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#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

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ohtimberwolf

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#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.

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#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)

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

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

-- Psalm 62: 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work

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#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 - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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