Tool Shops?

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  • Psychotext 12 Mar 2009 14:28:20 53,808 posts
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    Buying a bunch of gear to kit out my garage and looking for online tool shops that people have used before and would recommend. So far I've got:

    http://www.diy.com (B&Q)
    http://www.justoffbase.co.uk
    http://www.screwfix.com
    http://www.tool-up.co.uk
    http://www.toolstation.com
    http://www.wickes.co.uk

    ...anyone got any others?
  • billythekid 12 Mar 2009 14:30:39 11,023 posts
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    http://www.machinemart.co.uk/
    http://www.hss.com/
  • TheSaint 12 Mar 2009 14:33:16 14,199 posts
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    ratemytool.com?
  • Psychotext 12 Mar 2009 14:36:32 53,808 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    http://www.machinemart.co.uk/
    Good selection of shelving there at a good price. Nice one. :)
  • monkeyspasm 12 Mar 2009 14:56:39 2,773 posts
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    /shameless plug

    The company I work for sells tools and fasteners but I'm only just adding tools to the online shop at the mo - there's only spanners and screwdrivers on atm, with loads more to be done! If you give us a ring we may be able to help, we sell just about everything (specialise in old imperial fasteners like BSW & BSF):

    http://www.thomassmithfasteners.com

    /shameless plug

    Sorry!
  • DaM 12 Mar 2009 14:56:47 12,898 posts
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    If you can wait about 3 months I'll have a website up where you can compare all prices for powertools!

    /bookmarks thread for research
  • Psychotext 12 Mar 2009 14:59:47 53,808 posts
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    monkeyspasm wrote:
    http://www.thomassmithfasteners.com
    I shall consider it for all my fastener needs!

    DaM... In three months I'll already be on to my next harebrained scheme. \o/
  • DaM 12 Mar 2009 15:02:28 12,898 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    monkeyspasm wrote:
    http://www.thomassmithfasteners.com
    I shall consider it for all my fastener needs!

    DaM... In three months I'll already be on to my next harebrained scheme. \o/

    Well we've got a garden stuff and a outdoor toys ones planned too, so you can build a gazebo or something.
  • monkeyspasm 12 Mar 2009 15:07:37 2,773 posts
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    Ta Psychotext. Nobody else at my company thought an online shop would work, it's slowly proving them wrong, and I'm adding new items constantly.

    I think you can tell from my site that I'm not a graphic designer, anyway! Needs an overhaul tbh (some of the pages are in severe need of a graphical overhaul), but it works - I tried to ensure it's fast & usable for the layman. And SEO wise it's stomping over some of our competitors, which is nice!

    I'm thinking of getting a bigger shed & learning woodwork / carpentry to some degree. One thing I do wanna do is build my own arcade cab!
  • Psychotext 12 Mar 2009 15:10:54 53,808 posts
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    @monkeyspasm: I've seen a lot worse - It's not a bad looking site at all. Functional you might say.
  • monkeyspasm 12 Mar 2009 15:18:43 2,773 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    @monkeyspasm: I've seen a lot worse - It's not a bad looking site at all. Functional you might say.

    Thanks, the online shop bit is new - but stuff like the Products page was done when I was just learning HTML, and makes me cringe now, have to get round to updating it!

    Machine Mart is good as recommended by billythekid - know a few people who use that.

    I'm definitely gonna start learning more DIY - I didn't have a clue until recently, we're in the middle of a loft conversion at the mo and it's fired an interest.

    I seem to be tinkering more with stuff as I get older - used to think sheds were for old men!


  • Psychotext 12 Mar 2009 15:21:15 53,808 posts
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    monkeyspasm wrote:
    I seem to be tinkering more with stuff as I get older - used to think sheds were for old men!
    Talking of sheds...

    Now this is a shed!
  • monkeyspasm 12 Mar 2009 15:26:54 2,773 posts
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    Nice. Would look good with some arcade cabs in it!

  • Psychotext 12 Mar 2009 15:27:44 53,808 posts
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    Just found these listed in the google shopping section. All of them have higher than a three star rating:

    http://www.diytools.co.uk
    http://www.tool-net.co.uk
    http://www.transtools.co.uk
    http://www.trssupplies.co.uk
  • jambii267 24 Mar 2009 21:45:44 1,362 posts
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    My favorite tool store, although i have never used them online.

    http://www.dm-tools.co.uk/index.php

    NNID: Jambii267 PSN: Dr-Jambii 3DS: 0216-0806-8561

  • otto Moderator 24 Mar 2009 21:49:09 49,298 posts
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    As I mentioned in another thread I can strongly recommend that Useful Shop place (sp?), the Swedish one. There's one in the Whitgift Centre in Croydon.

    Clas Ohlson, that's it

    say no to Eurogamer sigs

  • Psychotext 28 Mar 2009 13:28:07 53,808 posts
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    Shall have a look at both. I seem to be living in B&Q at the mo which is costing me a fortune. :(
  • DaM 28 Mar 2009 14:55:03 12,898 posts
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    Still a few months early for www.powertoolpricecheck.co.uk! I'll pimp it in the summer!
  • Psychotext 4 Apr 2009 16:58:44 53,808 posts
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    Question for the "knowledgeable about tools" fellows. Back in the mists of time I used a particular accessory with a bench drill which could shave a hole in the surface of a bit of wood without needing to cut rightthrough it. What might that have been?

    Also acceptable would be cutting a hole through wood and then giving that hole a slightly wider lip afterwards. Anything that could do that? I appreciate I could use a router but I find routing circles to be a pain in the arse.
  • Ged42 4 Apr 2009 17:34:59 7,700 posts
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    /digs out Clas Ohlson catalogue

    There seems to be thing called a Wood Router that might fit the bill, seems to be used for cutting shallow groves and curved edges in wood.

    Here's a Clas Ohlson one
  • Psychotext 4 Apr 2009 17:38:25 53,808 posts
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    Thanks. I have a router but it's quite awkward to use for things like this (mostly due to my own ineptitude). The thing I was looking for looks like one of these:

    http://www.screwfix.com/prods/21983/Drill-Bits/Holesaws/Holesaws/Erbauer-Bi-Metal-Holesaw-51mm

    Except the end is enclosed with a sort of razor blade. I just have no idea what it's called. :D

    This would probably do the trick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forstner_bit#Forstner_bit
  • Psychotext 21 Apr 2009 22:26:51 53,808 posts
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    Just want to recommend Axminster Too Centre ( www.axminster.co.uk ) as I've used them a couple of times over the last few weeks and they've been great.

    They also sent me a huge catalogue that I've been thumbing through and wishing I had enough money to order all sorts of toys. :D
  • mrpon 5 Apr 2013 12:45:32 28,437 posts
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    What do you specialise in?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Bremenacht 5 Apr 2013 12:56:32 17,613 posts
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    The EG resident tool-shop is sufficient.
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