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Posted on What is your experience with your local big box store?

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 07:11 PM

I have a number of both Home Depot’s and Lowes in my area but their prices are usually higher then my first choice which is Menards. So I usually shop at Menards and only fallback to HD or Lowes if that is the only place I can get an item I’m looking for.

But for a lot of things my real first choice is ACE Hardware. We have 4 Elliot’s ACE Hardware’s that have a lot of the hard to find things that I’m looking for that the BB stores don’t carry and their prices are competitive. I also default to those ACE’s for hardware like screws, nuts, bolts, etc. because the quality is better and the selection far exceeds the BB stores. And the fact I can buy 1 or 2 and not 25 or 100 is an additional plus. I stock up on that hardware when they have one of there 20% off bag sales by buying boxes or 100’s. Not only for the cost savings but so that I don’t run out in the middle of a project. Hate that.

And when purchasing my big ticket items like my Unisaw, DJ-20, bandsaw, etc. Tennis Hardware in West Bend, WI, is my go to place even though it’s a bit of a drive. They don’t meet others price they flat out beat them by a substantial amount without even knowing others prices.

And I have also bought big ticket items at the local Woodcraft and Rockler stores. Woocraft when they have their 10% off sale, and Rockler when I just get so sweet of a deal, like my Oneida Cyclone years ago when they had them at the store.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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