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dp
03-30-2005, 12:10 AM
I've decided to get back into machine work at the hobby level. Anyone have a recommendation for tooling suppliers in the PNWet? Or on-line?? Any help appreciated, and thanks.

dp

precisionworks
03-30-2005, 12:32 AM
DP,

Welcome! Nice website, do you ride?

Here are some online suppliers I use:

www.use-enco.com (http://www.use-enco.com)

www.jlindustrial.com (http://www.jlindustrial.com)

www.mscdirect.com (http://www.mscdirect.com)

www.reidtool.com (http://www.reidtool.com)

Enco has the most items on sale at all times, J&L has the best tech support, MSC has the biggest catalog, & Reid has items that are hard to find.

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Barry Milton

dp
03-30-2005, 12:39 AM
Thanks, Barry - yep, a Harley Road King at the present time. Not that I can get it out of the garage just now. And thanks for the links - I'll have a look. There's just a few tools I'm interested in, and some brass bar stock which I think I can find in Seattle.

dp

capperbar
03-30-2005, 01:11 AM
Try Hardwicks in the U district for odds and ends.
Sav

Toolbert
03-30-2005, 01:19 AM
dp,

Sign up for the Seattle Metalheads yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/seattle_metalheads/

and then check the Links section. SMH is an email list of around 60 local folks.

My out-of-date, somewhat thin Seattle directory is:

http://dogpatch.com/bobp/bobfaq.htm

Bob

3 Phase Lightbulb
03-30-2005, 01:35 AM
When I was a kid living in Washington State, my dad used to take me to the Boeing surplus warehouse where you could buy just about everything by the pound.. From thousands of pounds of Drill bits and taps to Beehive Dumb terminals, to 300 baud acoustic couplers (huge bins full). That place had everything (by the ton)...

Does that place still exist?

-3Ph

weldnfab
03-30-2005, 02:07 AM
It sure does,3 Phase, and is as full of stuff as ever.

3 Phase Lightbulb
03-30-2005, 02:19 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by weldnfab:
It sure does,3 Phase, and is as full of stuff as ever.</font>

I remember always getting super excited when dad wanted to go to boeing surplus. I always ended up filling my own shopping cart with lots of cool computer stuff. We don;t have anything like that over here on the East Coast where I've been for the last 20 years.

-3Ph

Rustystud
03-30-2005, 06:13 AM
You might try Pacific Tool and Guage. They are making some really nice carbide and/or M42 endmills, reamers, counter bores and taps. They will make custom stuff for you really reasonable too. Dave Kiff is a great guy to deal with. You can find them on the on the internet.
Rustystud

Ries
03-30-2005, 07:20 PM
Alaskan Copper is the place for brass.
They are on 6th avenue south, just north of spokane.
Most of the old industrial suppliers are gone now-
You can get some things from Grainger, Tacoma Screw, and Pacific Industrial on 4th avenue.
But for most things, mail order from MSC, McMaster, or Enco is gonna be quicker, cheaper, and a better selection.

dp
03-31-2005, 12:29 AM
Ries - I stopped into Pacific Iron today and it really should be called Pacific wood products. Metal is no longer what they do. Damn shame. Nosing around the bins was always half the fun.

dp

DR
03-31-2005, 12:35 AM
dp,

Pacific Iron??? You were about a mile too far north. Pacific Industrial is what you want, very little if any wood there.

Kind of confusing having two salvage outfits with similar names within such a short distance.

kevinro
03-31-2005, 12:57 AM
Pacific Iron has a metal yard in the back. They sell quite a bit of surplus raw materials. They also have new materials. Good place to find aluminum tube and channel. They got out of the 'junk' business.

Pacific Industrial is a true salvage yard. If you need a 24" diameter hydraulic piston, thats your place. They had a set of 8 of these pistons last year. Each would lift about 500,000 pounds at 7500PSI.

Finding a good selection of tooling in stock in Seattle is rather difficult. Arronson Cambell over in Bellevue isn't too bad. There is slim pickin's downtown. I gave up and just order from mscdirect.com or McMastercarr.com now.

Kevin in Carnation

PALux
03-31-2005, 05:46 PM
Don't overlook the Grizzly showroom in Bellingham. It is nice to put hands on before buying.
Phil

jeastwood
03-31-2005, 06:22 PM
I'll second the suggestion for Hardwick's a GREAT place to browse, lots of used tooling.

weldnfab
03-31-2005, 09:32 PM
I get my misc. aluminum,brass,and such at Alaska Copper on 6th, easy in and out from I5 southbound.
http://www.alaskancopper.com/

DR
03-31-2005, 09:41 PM
"Finding a good selection of tooling in stock in Seattle is rather difficult. Arronson Cambell over in Bellevue isn't too bad. There is slim pickin's downtown. I gave up and just order from mscdirect.com or McMastercarr.com now."

Has anyone mentioned EF Bailey on 4th South for tooling? They've closed their walk in counter, but you can still go around the back and they'll help you. Best to call before going to make sure they have the item in stock.

I haven't been to Aronson Campbell since they moved to Bellevue. I have had occasion to call them when I've been searching for something special. Unfortunately, the conversation usually goes something like this:

me- "I need a a stub length #1 drill"
them- "what exactly do you mean by that?"

A place I have very good luck with is Marshall Tool just off I-5 at the Tukwila exit. Prices are comparable to the big mailorder houses and their inventory is good. If they don't have it they'll bring it up from their California headquarters overnite with no extra charge to the customer.

Dave Opincarne
04-01-2005, 03:26 PM
There are far too many people responding to this thread with an intimate knowlege of the area who don't have a location listed in their user profile. I had no idea there were as many board members in the area as their appears to be.

There are a number of supply houses in the area, most are between Georgetown and Kent, good for picking up cutting tools and other sundries. Swift tool in Kent is good to know about since they're open 24hrs. Useful when you break your last 3/8" carbide corn cob at 2 AM.

Hardwick is a must, not much for cutting tools or machines, but they have everything else.

Pacifc Industrial is a good source for material, fab supplys, and really oddball stuff. Keep stoping in because you never know what they'll have in that week.

Boeing Surplus aint what it used to be IMHO but is still good. They've cut back their hours to a couple days a week, Weekends are OK though. The front area (oddball bins of stuff)has been bare the last couple times I've gone in. The tool crib had a good selection the LAST time I was in. For small end mills this is the only place to go, many sharpened before being sold, some like new, some new! They did have a couple nice machines the last time I was down to. A mid size surface grinder and a big knee mill.

The UW has a surplus auction every couple of months. A few years back they had a couple Monarch EEs available. Don't know how to contact them though, they're on Boat street by the UW police.

Dave

Jimmy
04-01-2005, 04:20 PM
Swift tool is pretty decent and they have a store down towards South Park also. I have used EF Bailey quite a bit lately, good range of stuff, they have an online store front and if you ask when you go there they'll give you a big catalog, they aren't the cheapest but they are handy.

Jimmy on Vashon Island

http://www.oldengine.org/members/sherman/

dp
04-01-2005, 05:04 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by PALux:
Don't overlook the Grizzly showroom in Bellingham. It is nice to put hands on before buying.
Phil</font>


I was just up there a few days ago and somehow managed to come home with a 3 in 1 lathe. Now I need all these tools!

dp

Toolbert
04-02-2005, 02:43 AM
Thanks for all the tips - whole bunch of places updated in the Seattle FAQ (link towards the top of this thread).

BTW as of today there are 75 folks on the Seattle Yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/seattle_metalheads/

Bob

dp
04-02-2005, 01:53 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Toolbert:
Thanks for all the tips - whole bunch of places updated in the Seattle FAQ (link towards the top of this thread).

BTW as of today there are 75 folks on the Seattle Yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/seattle_metalheads/

Bob </font>

I'll never join another yahoo group as they are a miserable and favored spammer's resource, and it's amazing how far yahoo cookies follow you. But if anyone ever needs a proper mail list behind a well-insulated server, as an ISP it's part of what I do. If it's something that interests me I don't even charge for it :-) LampGuild.org, for example, if you're into cool old gas and oil lamps.

dp

Toolbert
04-02-2005, 07:42 PM
dp, like any reasonable Yahoo group, this one is set up to allow email addresses to be kept hidden (i.e. even as the list owner I can't see them), requires individual manual approval for membership, and posts are moderated for new members. To date there has not been a single spam message. One or two 'bots have attempted to join, at least I hope they were, or I PO'd someone legit :-)

Also, you can choose an email-only subscription, managed the same way a Listserv works on any ISP, with subscribe / unsubscribe messages and no need to ever visit yahoo.com, or accept a cookie by any other means, to post and receive messages. Yahoo has got the message, i.e. that many folks have legitimate concerns and won't tolerate the excess baggage.

Regards,

Bob

weldnfab
04-02-2005, 11:56 PM
Boy you are right there DP,I'm through with that yahoo crap too!! I've never seen so many advertizements and crap on a site that is touting itself as an information forum. They can keep it..

Dave Opincarne
04-03-2005, 03:55 AM
Hey Bob, As long as you have woodwrecker's supply's on your site you may as well add Edensaw. http://www.edensaw.com/ The main yard is in Pt Townsend, but they have a place on what would be 3rd Ave. I don't know the exact address but they're almost across the street from Pacific Industrial on Horton St. behind the gas station and down the alley from Rabanco (hold your nose).

Another good place to know about is Seattle Fabrics. http://www.seattlefabrics.com/ Not your average fabric store. They carry a full line of outdoor and technichal fabrics as well as webbing and fasteners.