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08-11-2009 09:12 PM

So I will admit I am kind of jelous of my American neighbours to the south. It seems pretty clear from all the shop talk who the big names our when it comes to quality tools. The problem I’m finding in Canada is that there is very limited access to some of these brands. It seems that the brands I run into for the most part or MasterCraft or Craftex. I guess I could order online, but after you calculate the shipping charges and all the other taxes, the prices can skyrocket pretty fast. Imagine having a lathe with base shipped, I imagine the shipping charges alone might be the cost of the lathe!

So I would like ask the question of my fellow Canadians LJs (and Americans who also might know). Does anyone know some stores in Canada that you can get some quality brand name tools?

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#1 posted 08-11-2009 09:27 PM

I looked up your address and it Ottawa. You should always include it if you want people to respond.

You should perhaps look for a woodworking guild or club around there and get to know some of the locals.

I know a fellow over in Kemptville with a pretty elaborate set up but I think he just buys what he needs with the money he saves on lumber.
Isn’t there a place down there called Jacques Coulombe or something?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 08-11-2009 09:32 PM

I am not from canada and do not know the shipping prices, but hand tools of the best quality can be ordered from a company called Dick Tools.

I order all of my tools from them and they carry brands from everywhere. They have a specialty in Asian tools too. But you can order most major brands of handtools from them, including Veritas (canadian company).

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#3 posted 08-11-2009 09:52 PM

It is frustrating to see all the deals and givaways and free shipping for US but not Canada, and I would like to be able to get Grizzly, Jet, Powermatic, etc. I would think Ontario’s get much more options, but it’s not too bad here in Van. Aside from the Ridgid/Craftsman/Mastercraft/Craftex from the chains, around my area there’s still General/International, King/Industrial, Sawstop, Steel City, Delta, etc, probably some more if I look around. I’m not into turning however so don’t know about lathes, but there is Nova and some more expensive stuff locally. Isn’t Oneway from back east also?

-- Ed

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#4 posted 08-12-2009 12:15 AM

I buy most of my stuff on AMAZON … free shipping

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 08-12-2009 12:22 AM

I’m constantly frustrated by the same issue, and even IF you can get the tool, it’s 50% more expensive here.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#6 posted 08-12-2009 01:16 AM

Yeah, but the snow is free, eh? :-)

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

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#7 posted 08-12-2009 01:26 AM

I just use the medicare premium money I dont pay for my tools. <g>

Join the “tablesaw of the month” Club… only open to Canadians.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 08-12-2009 01:36 AM

My wife is from Duluth and I envy your summers…heat index was 108 F today :(
As far as tool purchases go, I’m surprised that you cannot access the same web based biz we do here down south for the essentials without a huge difference in shipping costs. Perhaps it is some sort of import taxes/tarriffs to offset the fact that you guys don’t pay into “medicare”? Don’t worry tho’ we are well on our way to socializing our healthcare here so maybe we can all eventually go to Cuba for treatment? :)

-- Patrick - Katy, Texas

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#9 posted 08-12-2009 01:46 AM

Pat, a lot of this rhetoric comes from folks that have never imported a fart from the US.
The fact of the matter is it costs money $$$ to move goods around. It’s no different here than down there,. Nobody works for nada!
So Canucks , if yiou see a good deal ,buy it. That will send a clear message back to Canadian dealers that they are no longer protected by a lame loonie. and must anti up some “stuff” in order to get the sale.
I cross the border daily with goods and it costs no more than it would to send a package from say Vancouver to Toronto using the Canada postal rates.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 08-12-2009 05:54 AM

Hmmm, never thought of the medicare aspects. I do have a government that provide health care. Perhaps thats the trade-off. We can work with less quality tools, but in the event we cut a finger off we are covered!!!

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#11 posted 08-12-2009 06:20 AM

Actually, Jeff you live in a country with 1/10th the population and some of the most restirctive trading rules in the civilized world. Just having to meet several layers of bureaucratic red tape in order to sell product here is daunting when the number of units barely cover the costs of importing .
By the time the product is a the consumer level it has (by virtue of population) 10 times the goverment burden on it as does the U.S. product. (CSA for example when UL is the standard for all the rest of North America canada has to have an additional one)
Although it should not happen U.S. distributors often take on exclusive rights for all North America and restrict sales to Canada by virtue of two tier pricing.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 08-12-2009 06:54 AM

You could always rent a truck and buy down south and take it back. I don’t know what he duty would be, but it is something to look into. I know people who drive across state lines to buy trucks full of food in order to save a bundle. Life is crazy.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#13 posted 08-12-2009 07:35 AM

I;m quite surprised you are having trouble in Ottawa, I’m here on Vancouver island, and I actually have options as to where to buy Machinery (if I were so inclined). we have felder machinery imports as well other dealers who can usually have what you need in a day or two.

I’m sure living so near the center of the universe, their are more than a few dealers or importers of what you need. just you may have to drive a hour or two.
your best bet is to ask your question on “canadian woodworking forum. ”. more than a few woodworkers from your area on there.
also, living in ottawa, have you been to the rosewood school out in almonte? I think it would be worth a drive if you have the time.

best of luck.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#14 posted 08-12-2009 08:16 AM

You can try Atlas Machinery in Toronto. You can get shipping quotes right on their website. carries a few top brands.
Marks Machinery might be more in your area;
Canadian wood working magazines and websites may be good leads also.

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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