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Forum topic by Robert posted 06-26-2017 05:42 PM 3576 views 0 times favorited 89 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2017 05:42 PM

I took something back to Lowes my wife bought and was reminded why I never go there.

1. HD carries Freud blades and bits.
2. HD carries Bessey clamps.
3. HD actually smells like a lumber store.
4. Husky are better tools than Kobalt.

5. Last but not least, the hardware & lumber are on OPPOSITE FRIGGIN SIDES OF THE STORE!!

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 06:28 PM

The lesser of two evils still. lol

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 06:32 PM

Yup, I prefer Lowes to HD any time.

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 06:34 PM

I’m the total opposite, I can’t stand going to HD. They clutter up the aisles with POS displays and it’s a maze trying to get a cart through any aisle. Their PVC selection sucks compared to Lowes. They won’t take anything back after 14 days and won’t take it back under 14 days if you don’t have a receipt.

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 06:48 PM

I hate HD with most of my being.
-HD carries inferior brands in most things that I want.
-9/10 their staff doesn’t know squat.
-Most of the time that I go to HD they don’t have what I want and I go to Lowe’s anyway.
-HD is dark and depressing.
-Lowe’s has better clearance prices on items.
-Lowe’s has a better lumber selection and better lumber.
-Lowe’s has better scenery.

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#5 posted 06-26-2017 06:51 PM

Funny, I’m the opposite because I’ve never bought blades, bits or clamps at either, I prefer Kobalt (mostly because it’s a quick and painless no-questions-asked process to do a warranty exchange) and in my Lowes, the hardware is literally on the aisle right next to the lumber :-) I’m sure to a great extent, preferences depend on location.

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#6 posted 06-26-2017 06:52 PM

I only remember HD when my office was close to the HQ and the home store, THAT was when ya got good service.
The Tupelo store is just a so-so store at best.

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#7 posted 06-26-2017 06:59 PM

I’m with you Clammy, plus my HD has the worst service. I go to Lowes 95% of the time to 5% to HD. And counterpoint, Lowe’s has IRWIN blades and clamps which I like better. Debatable that Husky tools are better than Kobalt. I’ve have some of both and it’s hard for me to say one is better than the other.

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#8 posted 06-26-2017 07:03 PM

I go to Lowe’s occasionally and almost never to HD. The fact that there’s a Lowe’s in town and the nearest Depot is an hour away wouldn’t have anything to do with it, would it?

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#9 posted 06-26-2017 07:06 PM

I’d say it’s all regional and store-to-store layout issues. My HD has better everything over Lowe’s, but Service is great in both and Lowe’s is much closer to me. I do hate the hardware being on the opposite side of the lumber, but the Lowe’s next to the nearest HD has the hardware next to the lumber. Really strange why the layouts are so different from store to store. My second favorite HD has the best plywood selection. Love going there to pick some up when I can. 40 minutes is just a bit far to go on a regular stop.

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#10 posted 06-26-2017 07:09 PM

I bounce between the two because both have strong points the other does not.

One thing I hate about both is, even if I’m making a ten thousand dollar, tax free purchase, the only discount available is VA. Non chain lumber yards, generally, give better deals and sell wholesale.

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#11 posted 06-26-2017 07:36 PM

I prefer Lowes over HD for the service. I think that the workers at Lowes are much more friendlier and helpful. However HD has a better selection of products than Lowes. I always check online with both when looking for something.

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#12 posted 06-26-2017 08:14 PM

I go to HD because I have one about a mile away whereas the Lowes store is about a 12 mile drive. But, most times I go to Home Depot they don’t have the thing I’m looking for. Their loose hardware, nuts, bolts, screws, washers, etc. are mixed up, their lumber is warped beyond recognition and their staff is, for the most part, MIA or just plain clueless.

Their best attribute is their “No questions asked” return policy. Other than that, I’ve concluded that Home Depot sells everything you could want but has nothing that you need.

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#13 posted 06-26-2017 08:22 PM

For me, geography plays no part in it. My HD and Lowe’s are literally on opposite corners of the intersection. I find myself in HD most of the time, mostly because I like the brands they sell. However, Lowe’s has things I like too, and some great deals on occasion.

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#14 posted 06-26-2017 08:25 PM

My HD has “self-checkout”. My lowes doesn’t. I hate self-checkout. I’ve gone to HD, stood in line at the only register operated by a human for a long time. Put the one item down, walked out, drove next door to Lowes and bought the same item – from a human.

I go to both of them, however.


[edited to add] There are two plumbing parts sections in HD!. I finally found the fittings I wanted by going back to the “plumbing repair” section which is not very near the other plumbing section where the pipes and most fittings are.

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#15 posted 06-26-2017 08:41 PM

I go to both. Lowes is closer and is, in my opinion, more for home-owners. HD is more for contractors.
Our lowes is 10x cleaner than HD and I can almost always find help if I need it. HD is another story. I buy most of my sheet-goods at HD and my hardwoods at lowes. I guess it just comes down to personal preference.
I don’t buy hardware at either store. I go to my local hardware store for that.

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