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08-02-2017 05:45 PM

I;m not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here goes. I live in Mississippi and my closest Menards is 440 miles away in Missouri. Obviously I’m not going to go there when I need something. Lowes and Home Depot are the only big stores around me, but I found Menards was so much better in the range of products they sell. I’ve only looked at Menards on line. My question is; has anyone in my situation bought anything from Menards and had it delivered to their home? If so, was it cost effective to do so, or am I stuck with my local stores?

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#1 posted 08-02-2017 05:48 PM

Unless you’re buying a bigger name brand product like something from Bosch for example I’d be skeptical of anything Menards is selling without looking at it in person. It’s basically the Wal-Mart of home centers and buyer beware.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#2 posted 08-02-2017 06:22 PM

Stay away from the stuff marked Tool Shop, and go with the Master Force green lines…not sure on shipping costs….closet Menards to me is in Sidney, Oh…..30 miles. They do carry Name brand tools, as well.

I usually go there if I need a bunch of wood….lot cheaper than the other two stores.

Hardware? I can always find the parts I need at Menards….other two are hit, and a lot of miss, and they seem to think made of Gold.

Might looks it up on their sight about shipping…

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#3 posted 08-02-2017 06:27 PM

Home Depot online is much better than Menard in both variety and functionality. Cost wise, both stores shop each other and pricing will be even on equal items. However, finding equal items is hard so all of the big box stores extensively sell products specifically/exclusively designed for the specific retailer. (I worked for both H.D. & Menards previously.)

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#4 posted 08-02-2017 06:42 PM

I have a local Menards a mile from my house, Lowes, two miles and Home Depot about eight miles. I rarely go to HD. I shop the other two depending on what I am after. Menards has a better selection and better quality electrical and plumbing. Lowes has better tools and hardware selection. Neither is a pancea for all things a homeowner or woodworker would want. For real woodworking tools and supplies I drive the 45 miles to the nearest Woodcraft. For lumber supplies I drive the 50 miles to Johnson’s lumber in Charlotte Michigan.

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#5 posted 08-02-2017 08:58 PM

I like Menards because the store plywood flat and not on stupid arm racks. They also have Aruaco Plywood which is very good quality. Prices are really good especially when they have the 11% off sales. Menards is my good to big box store.

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#6 posted 08-02-2017 09:27 PM

Have all three. Each has something the other doesn’t. For menards I buy a lot of their F-style clamps…

If you can get it shipped at the right price Id buy from them ..

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#7 posted 08-02-2017 10:19 PM

I like Menards because the store plywood flat and not on stupid arm racks. They also have Aruaco Plywood which is very good quality. Prices are really good especially when they have the 11% off sales. Menards is my good to big box store.

- Redoak49

I’ll never understand why homedepot does that. All the plywood is wavy.

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#8 posted 08-02-2017 11:11 PM

Only ordered small stuff from them to send to my Mother in law. No issues to date and shipping was fine if you want something specific.

I use Menard’s a lot but basically because it is closer (mile or so) than HD or Lowes. Not really much difference between it and the others to be honest. They have gotten much better on price as few years ago they would run 30 percent higher on average on like products. They have stopped carrying much of the same products and have become much more competitive on pricing.

Agree tool shop should be avoided but that goes for about every low priced generic house brand. They have a better selection of hardwoods but no one in their right mind would buy it on a routine basis based on cost. Both Menard’s here have a tendency to get a few nice pieces of maple in at times that can get me to buy some for small projects (birds eye and some very light tiger striped).

Most of ply we get is Tigerply (plenty of voids an splinters badly) and then Timber Products. Did find it interesting the last pine I picked up was stickered from New Zealand.

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#9 posted 08-03-2017 01:03 AM

Menard’s is local to my area. Overall, they have most items in stock. Menard’s is Family owned and in the past has had some issues with following disposal laws and some other business issues. Quality, has gone up in products they carry, it used to be Factory 2nds, They also produce much of their own in wood products. My Brother in Law, says their special orders have much to be desired. 50% of the time they get it wrong. I think this is more the Clerk they have at the particular store at the other end of the state. My Store, has people that have been there for years, so that helps a lot. Since they are close and on the way home from work, I tend to pick up special orders at the store, that means free shipping in most cases. Dan

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