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    (sort of) Bulk tool buying

    I need to stock the tool boxes for an upcoming boat building class. I need to buy quite a few small items. multiple hand saws, 3' levels, small carpenter style squares, tape measures, c clamps, pistol grip clamps..... I need 4 or 5 of each of most of these. Clamps by the case probably.

    I can find any of these at numerous places. But anyone have a suggestion for a supplier that would have them all at discount prices? I want to place one order if I can rather than piece meal it out. Keep in mind my profit is effected by price so I am not wanting retail prices. I am looking for a discount house.

    I have found a couple of places but I don't know them. Prefer to have a recommendation rather than buy blind.
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    Good luck finding 3 foot levels. All I've been able to find here are 2 and 4 footers. I have a fifty year old three footer I need to replace.
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    No solid ideas on the bulk buying, presumably you aren't looking for top shelf tools here as students will presumably be trashing them? I've seen cases where getting into a decent sale can be cheaper than small volume wholesale but I don't know if that experience transfers to this space really well or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Good luck finding 3 foot levels. All I've been able to find here are 2 and 4 footers. I have a fifty year old three footer I need to replace.
    Not that hard to find online.. (not a recommendation for any given level, although I suspect the Stabila is likely pretty nice )
    Lee-Valley
    Stabila 32" Journeyman Level - $87
    Starret Alum. Box-Beam Level, 36" $69.50

    Amazon
    Irwin Tools 1801092 36-Inch 1000 I-Beam Level $21
    Johnson Level & Tool 9836-HH 36-Inch Aluminum Box Beam Level w/ Hand Holes - $44

    Etc...

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    Well I'd call a company like Highland Hardware and ask to speak with a manager. Often deals like you are looking for have to be negotiated. Sounds like something Rob would have some good input on. An a tools furnished by XYZ" might be of some value to the store. A relationship with a local store would be good thing to have if students are local. If they are traveling then an online source might have some value..

    Garry

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    Well, I am a little surprised but (hold on to your seat) it looks like one of my best choices is actually Harbor Freight. First, i am not looking for high quality tools. They will probably be misused and abused.
    These are almost always totally inexperienced woodworkers so I expect so damage. But I don't want junk either. I took a fly tying class and the materials were junk and it made it very hard to learn the proper methods. So HF wasn't really on the list except for C-clamps. While on their site looking at c-clamps I noticed they have customer reviews. I was surprised considering how much of their stuff it so poorly made.

    I checked out a few items and was impressed with the reviews I saw. Lots of poor reviews and a few good one on the 'gems'. So I looked at several items on my list and found several choices and most had enough reviews to be comfortable deciding what I wanted and didn't. So I guess I am going to buy as much as I can there. If something comes in that is junk I assume I can return it (got to read the fine print) and just pick up something better to replace it else where. Sue will help keep my costs down.

    I searched a lot of places and no one has the selection and prices they do. So I think I will carefully pick and choose from there. Probably can't get everything but maybe I can the majority. And when it get damaged I won't cry.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    From what I've seen, Harbor Freight has a very good return policy. Sounds like they'd be a a good choice for what you're looking for.
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    Everytime I see a sale for clamps there I pick up some. Never had a problem with them. I think HF is a good place to buy some things, like boxes of the little throw away paint brushes, don't paint with them but they spread glue pretty well. Gloves, a throw away item, and some of their power tools are not bad, I'm getting better than I though service out of their 12" disc bench sander, although I did buy the extended warranty with it so it has to run 2 1/2 more years before it can quit on me. I have MORE than got my moneys worth out of their dust collector. Replaced the switch after owning it over 7 years and with add ons that I would have had to do with a more expensive one also, I think it is one of their "jewels".
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