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01-25-2010 06:40 PM

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I took my first trip into a Menard’s this past weekend and I was truly impressed with their lumber and tool selection. I only have Lowe’s and Home Depot around me and by comparison, they’re terrible. Menard’s had actual Baltic birch plywood in 4×8 sheets in 1/4”, 1/2”, and 3/4”. They also had a bevy of other sheet goods that you just don’t see in the other big box stores. Their tool department looked more like a woodworking store than a typical home improvement store.

Maybe it’s just the demographic of that particular Menard’s (north side of Indianapolis) but I left wishing there was one closer to me.

What are your experiences with the borg’s?

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 06:48 PM

They have driven out local family owned hardware and lumber stores that offered better selection and quality. That is the fact. I really hate to see them.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 06:56 PM

I have never heard of Menards before. They apparently are not around Louisiana. In my are of Louisiana there are plenty Lowes and Home Depot storres that carry crappy lumber and so-so tools.

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 07:01 PM

“In my are of Louisiana there are plenty Lowes and Home Depot storres that carry crappy lumber and so-so tools.”

And WHO could ask for more than THAT ;-)

I visited a Menards, in Minnesota. I agree. I’m fortunate to have—in a 100,000 person town—HD, Lowes, a quality Ace franchise w/two locations, and a pretty excellent lumberyard.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 07:02 PM

I buy from them al the time great store good prices better selction Chuck

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 07:04 PM

I’ve never been to a Menards, but we have HD and Lowes here in northern CA. IMO, Lowes and HD are almost the same except for the paint job. Lowes tends to be a little neater inside and is probably more popular with the young DIY’ers who I think are somewhat intimidated by the “contractor look” of most HD’s.

I use both depending on location, but never buy my cabinet wood or hardware from them. I buy from cabinet supply companies who have a much better selection of better quality stuff.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 07:04 PM

Cory are you speaking of the Menards on 96th street? I’ll have to check out their wood selection.

The lowes on Shadeland and 82nd carries baltic birch plywood too. The home depot though between 82nd and 96th on Bash has some birch, but only in small sizes.

I think I’m a little spoiled though, within 10 miles of me I have Ace hardware, Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, Rockler, and Woodcraft :) So I tend to hit up the big box stores first because they are cheaper and then move to the woodworking stores when I can’t find specific tools from the others. For wood though I only would buy plywood from the big box stores and thats only to use for shop jigs, although Lowes near me had some very nice baltic birch.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 01-25-2010 07:06 PM

I thinks it varies alot on the area. Major cities tend to have more since they have a wider customer base. I was in a Menards once that had several stationary jointers, hybrid table saws, etc. But then again my dad’s HD has a lot more selection than mine since he lives in a bigger city.

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 07:14 PM

well considering lowes has only been in canada for a yr and home depot is right across the street from my house, i have to vote for home depot…i pretty much live there lol never heard of menards around here

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 01-25-2010 07:17 PM

I just hit Menards on the southside of Indianapolis last week (southport road). I live down in Franklin and we have a Lowes 2 minutes from my house. I checked it out for tools but primarily lumber. There is definitely a lot more in the way of plywood selection. It’s a mix of stuff between menards and lowes for hardwood.

Maybe it’s the time of day I have gone to each but the lowes staff seems to be more knowledgeable. Menards = young staff while my lowes has a bit older staff.

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#10 posted 01-25-2010 07:21 PM

Menards is mainly a Midwest store, so if you live somewhere else you probably haven’t heard of it.

Christherookie, I’ve noticed the opposite with staff. The lowes near me seems to be a younger staffing, doesn’t seem to be as knowledeable, and usually I take whatever they say with a grain of salt. But the home depot guys near me are on top of their game which most of the questions I’ve had for them.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#11 posted 01-25-2010 07:24 PM

When in a pinch, You can also go to the contractors desk and ask to see the brochure on specialty lumbers, all is at least s2s and some s4s. Mahogany, Cherry, Oak, and Alder. Might be some more, bee a while since I ordered from them. Not too badly priced when in a pinch.

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#12 posted 01-25-2010 07:25 PM

My sister told me about Menards while I was visting her in the Chicago area. Spent a few hours looking around came back with some goodies like a 24” phillips screwdriver, hey you never kwow.
Here in Jersey, we do not have a Menards,Rockler or Woodcraft, Just HD. As for Ace Hardware when you go there, you need the proper stance. Bent over walking in backwards.

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#13 posted 01-25-2010 07:37 PM

We’ve got all three here in central Illinois but I like Menard’s the best for lumber choice. The tool choice is limited to cheap imports from China and most of the big name stuff is limited. I’d go to Lowe’s or Home Depot for tools, but to Menard’s for lumber.

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#14 posted 01-25-2010 07:45 PM

No Menards in Louisville either. Between Lowes and HD, I’ll take Lowes. The customer service at my local Lowes just seems better than HD.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#15 posted 01-25-2010 08:05 PM

I grew up with menards only. My home time once had three menards stores open at one time (they were re-locating one store so the new one was “grand opening” while the old one was closing) I have moved away from home and now have all three of the big-box stores. Menards is the most comfortable for me, I know where to look to find what I want.

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