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tips on where to source fasteners? (screws, bolts, etc)
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belltones



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:53 am    Post subject: tips on where to source fasteners? (screws, bolts, etc) Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I feel like I have things pretty well figured out with regards to sourcing electronic parts and various other incidentals but I still don't feel like I've got a good source for something very mundane: fasteners!

I'm hoping to find a place (preferably in the US, online is fine) that sells a wide variety of screws, bolts, and nuts...
mostly rather small ones, of different lengths, different threadings, different materials (brass, anodized, etc)
The average hardware or home improvement store has a very limited selection when it comes to smaller-sized ones. I sometimes go on Ebay or Amazon and buy like a 5 pack of exactly what I need but they're often kind of overpriced and paying for shipping each time (and waiting) seems silly. I'd like to be able to go to one site and order a wide variety in bulk to have on hand.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The usual USA answer is "McMaster-Carr". Don't know who they are, what they're like.

I usually get fasteners from RS Components Online.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

AlanP wrote:
The usual USA answer is "McMaster-Carr". Don't know who they are, what they're like.

I usually get fasteners from RS Components Online.


And here I was about to say "McMaster-Carr" Very Happy

They're based somewhere near Chicago, which makes shipping to me really damn fast. But even if not, their website is a wonder of finding what you need very easily. And they have it all.....
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I get mine in UK from ebay from the big dealers( Boltbase ; MassiveAttack).
Super selection,cut price deals and free postage
Delivery is also usually next day.

Rapid has a horrendous £30 target for free delivery and RS is all the above but expensive. Screwfix limited but local. Maplin just dumb.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oh yeah, Mcmaster-Carr. I had been to their website before. I like their illustrations for everything, haha. Still not the best selection when it comes to the smallest fasteners. But maybe I have to accept that those may always be a bit hard to find.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I get all mine from Fastener Express, they carry just about everything, and their prices are no to bad either.

http://www.fastener-express.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

McMaster is in several locations. There's one here in NJ which is great - I can put an order in late at night, they ship it the next day and I have it the day after. If the order goes in early enough I get it the next day. On occasion I'll use Fastenal but they tend to be a bit more expensive then McMaster. Other times I've been able to find what I need at Sears Hardware but they are not carrying much in small fasteners these days. Good for bronze, steel and nylon bushings though...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

ah, I'm very pleased to hear that McMaster ships from NJ as I am in Philadelphia. that's big points for them. and thanks everyone for your suggestions! I'm sure between all of them I'll be able to find whatever I need next time.
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