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04-07-2021 02:44 AM

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Does anybody have a recommendation/link for a company that sells a large assortment of metric and imperial machine screws/nuts/washers?

Of course, the HF ones are junky soft metal and are good in a pinch. I have 2 Tupperware tubs full of all things screwy that I have collected but after forever I am sick of rummaging through trying to match up screws and nuts then find a washer to fit while knowing what size it is if I need to tap a hole. Not necessarily looking for a huge all-in-one set but somebody that sells various sets. Pan head, flat head, hex head, coarse/fine thread, etc.

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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#1 posted 04-07-2021 03:23 AM

I’m not even sure if they are national or not, but locally we have Tractor Supply, which is a sort of farm mart, and they carry a good supply of the larger sizes with many of the bigger bolts, lags, and hardware in a choice of the softer less expensive #2 SAE, and also the much more rigorous #8 SAE.

They sell these by the pound, and versus the single priced, and small bagged junk at the BORGs they are a steal. It’s my go to for hardware, at least what they carry.

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#2 posted 04-07-2021 03:56 AM

Fastenal.

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#3 posted 04-07-2021 04:07 AM



I m not even sure if they are national or not, but locally we have Tractor Supply, which is a sort of farm mart, and they carry a good supply of the larger sizes with many of the bigger bolts, lags, and hardware in a choice of the softer less expensive #2 SAE, and also the much more rigorous #8 SAE.

They sell these by the pound, and versus the single priced, and small bagged junk at the BORGs they are a steal. It s my go to for hardware, at least what they carry.

- therealSteveN

I always forget about that place until i need to go for some reason. Last time i went for horse stall mats and came home with welding supplies and sandblasting medium as they had better prices than the welding shops.

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#4 posted 04-07-2021 04:35 AM

Cool. There’s one near me. Thanks. Would rather see what I’m getting vs online.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 04-07-2021 06:34 AM

Mcmaster.com grainger.com

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#6 posted 04-07-2021 06:56 AM

For machine screws/nuts/washers I use the local Ace Hardware store. They offer these in metal, stainless steel, brass, and plastic. By box or individual pieces. In sizes of SAE and metric. Almost any hardware store offers these selections.

McFeely’s have been emailing me monthly to purchase supplies and tools from them. https://www.mcfeelys.com/ I haven’t bought anything through them. You may want to check them out. They sell a large assortment of fasteners, cutting bits & blades, wood finishes, project hardware, woodshop supplies, power & hand tools, jigs, cabinet & furniture hardware, clamps, wood turning tools and protection equipment.

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#7 posted 04-07-2021 11:36 AM

I buy them as I need them from Menards or Godwin hardware here in GR…sometimes on line where shipping is free. Buy an assortment of 10-24 , 1/4-20, and 5/16-18 and 3/8-16 bolts, nuts and washers to start. They will get you by for many projects, but you will find you always need a special length, thread size or type you don’t have. The box stores have them in packages so you have to buy that quantity and the left overs create the in house stock! I have 4 cabinets full of fasteners and just recently built one for all the Stainless ones.. it never ends!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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#8 posted 04-07-2021 02:56 PM

While I started with an assortment in a small parts case from, I think, Sears, I buy most of my hardware>1 pc at a time from McMaster. I did see this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-360-Pcs-6-32-8-32-10-24-10-32-Phillips-Pan-Head-Machine-Screws-Assortment/293844707480?hash=item446a826898:g:gIIAAOSwmhlftsz8

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#9 posted 04-07-2021 03:27 PM



While I started with an assortment in a small parts case from, I think, Sears, I buy most of my hardware>1 pc at a time from McMaster. I did see this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-360-Pcs-6-32-8-32-10-24-10-32-Phillips-Pan-Head-Machine-Screws-Assortment/293844707480?hash=item446a826898:g:gIIAAOSwmhlftsz8

- brtech

That’s kinda what I’m looking for. I’d be suicidal if it ever fell on the floor.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#10 posted 04-07-2021 03:51 PM

Albanycountyfastners has a good selection

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#11 posted 04-07-2021 05:04 PM

I salvage pretty much every fastener from items I disassemble before hauling to the dump. Quite the collection now with coffee cans dedicated to each size nut and bolt. The screws are mostly sorted now as well.

For starting off, those filled small screw/nut organizers can be handy, but the larger bolt/nut collections can have iffy (soft) hardware.

I’ll usually go the hardware store route since you can get the easy to break grade 2 and the better grade 5/8.

The individual unit prices are high, but if you are needing more than about 10, the full box price begins to look like a bargain. The extra help fill my “collection bins”

For bulk box quantities, it’s a toss up between the hardware store versus online stores. I’ve found the online prices are generally higher due to the shipping.

Forget about the big-box stores unless you are desperate, their prices per unit are the highest anywhere.

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#12 posted 04-07-2021 05:55 PM


I m not even sure if they are national or not, but locally we have Tractor Supply, which is a sort of farm mart, and they carry a good supply of the larger sizes with many of the bigger bolts, lags, and hardware in a choice of the softer less expensive #2 SAE, and also the much more rigorous #8 SAE.

They sell these by the pound, and versus the single priced, and small bagged junk at the BORGs they are a steal. It s my go to for hardware, at least what they carry.

- therealSteveN

I always forget about that place until i need to go for some reason. Last time i went for horse stall mats and came home with welding supplies and sandblasting medium as they had better prices than the welding shops.

- SMP

I’m not even sure if they identify with woodworkers, but darned if I don’t pick up a lot of supplies there. Agree their prices are quite fair.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 04-07-2021 05:59 PM

I”ve also orded from AlbanyCountyFasteners. They also sell on ebay. There is another outfit in Las Vegas also that sells on ebay but I can’t remember the name.

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#14 posted 04-07-2021 06:12 PM

Local True Value hardware store and Tractor Supply are my go-to places. If they don’t have it, McMaster-Carr.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#15 posted 04-07-2021 08:35 PM


I salvage pretty much every fastener from items I disassemble before hauling to the dump. Quite the collection now with coffee cans dedicated to each size nut and bolt. The screws are mostly sorted now as well.

- splintergroup


That’s kind of what I’ve always done but it takes a few minutes to find the right matching nut and bolt & washer as the coffee cans get fuller. If I need to tap a hole it would be nice to know what tap to grab instead of trial and error. I can spot a 1/4 20 from across the room but so many are now lettered and numbered and metric so it’d nice to have a pre-sorted collection.

Thanks for the suggestions.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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