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  • Where to buy steel dowel pins in small quantities?

    Enco sells in 100's only, assortment kits are $80 give or take + shipping. I just need a couple of a few sizes for alignment purposes. Anybody got a few for sale or know of a place that sells in onesy-twosies?
    Milton

    "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

    "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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    Fastenal has baggies of 10 or 20 in individual sizes. I don't remember how many each package has for sure.
    Give em a call to check the price per your requirements.
    Joe

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    • #3
      McMaster has tons of dowel pins.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DICKEYBIRD
        Enco sells in 100's only, assortment kits are $80 give or take + shipping. I just need a couple of a few sizes for alignment purposes. Anybody got a few for sale or know of a place that sells in onesy-twosies?
        What size do you need? I have a few, but don't recall the sizes. Some are a thou over and/or under, unfortunately (probably) I may not have labeled them.

        I think I've seen some of the standard sizes, i.e. 1/8th, 1/4, etc at local hardware stores.

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        • #5
          A local hardware store or even a big box DIY (Lowes, etc) are options. You may also want to find an old fashioned auto parts store such as NAPA, or Federated. When I need good fasteners, etc I go to the local Federated parts house.

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          • #6
            Thanks all, good advice! Didn't even think about a hardware store. We have a good one close by. I only need a few generic sizes like .250, .3125 & .375".
            Milton

            "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

            "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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            • #7
              Our local ACE hardware has them from 1/16 to 7/16.
              I just need one more tool,just one!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wierdscience
                Our local ACE hardware has them from 1/16 to 7/16.
                Yabbut you live in Louisiana.

                They prolly got 50 cal & 20 mm rounds for sale to the general public on the ammo shelf. "Will that be armor piercing or incendiary sir? We have a special on 20 mm w/spent uranium tips this week; buy 1000, get 1000 free plus a free case of pink 9mm's for the little lady!"
                Milton

                "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

                "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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                • #9
                  Would roll pins be a viable substitute? Might be easier to fin locally.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rosco-P
                    Would roll pins be a viable substitute? Might be easier to fin locally.
                    Those should never be used to locate anything, as they flex. Who knows how many times I have seen molds or stamping cutters that have had parts "aligned" with those and they have come as new for a repair as they don't line up as they should.

                    At least in here I can find dowel pins from a local fastener store with either h9 (from +0 to a little bit under size) or m6 tolerance (a little bit over) and they cost pennies.
                    Amount of experience is in direct proportion to the value of broken equipment.

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                    • #11
                      Misumi has a nice variety of alignment pins.

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                      • #12
                        Ace Hardware and Farm Supply stores sell them 1 at a time about 50 to 75 cents each.

                        Certain items I always buy box quantity they are much cheaper $3 for a box of 100. You buy 1/2 a box it costs $6 because you had to pay someone to count out 50. I use to tell my idiot boss that at work but he insisted he was saving money only buying 4 of something and never having any extras for another job.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DICKEYBIRD
                          Yabbut you live in Louisiana.
                          Sir as a gentleman from Missasippah you have insulted my honor.I demand satisfaction,shall it be pistols at 20 paces or are you gonna be a yella bellied Yankah?

                          .50 cal no problem,20mm gotta load your own here,I know it sucks,but that's how life is sometimes
                          I just need one more tool,just one!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wierdscience
                            Sir as a gentleman from Missasippah you have insulted my honor.I demand satisfaction,shall it be pistols at 20 paces or are you gonna be a yella bellied Yankah?

                            .50 cal no problem,20mm gotta load your own here,I know it sucks,but that's how life is sometimes
                            Ooooops! Jeez, I'm sorry; dunno how I got that so turrible wrong.

                            I was borned, raised & live in Tennessee so I ain't no Yankee. Matter of fact, I wuz almost born in MS. Mom's from Lumberton (near Hattiesburg) Dad was from Lucien (near Brookhaven) and they had only just moved to Memphis when I wuz a'borned way back in the hard winter of '47.

                            I got m'hat in my hand, would 20 lashes wid a wet noodle suffice as proper punishment?

                            Wid de utmost respeck,
                            Milton

                            "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

                            "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DICKEYBIRD
                              Ooooops! Jeez, I'm sorry; dunno how I got that so turrible wrong.

                              I was borned, raised & live in Tennessee so I ain't no Yankee. Matter of fact, I wuz almost born in MS. Mom's from Lumberton (near Hattiesburg) Dad was from Lucien (near Brookhaven) and they had only just moved to Memphis when I wuz a'borned way back in the hard winter of '47.

                              I got m'hat in my hand, would 20 lashes wid a wet noodle suffice as proper punishment?

                              Wid de utmost respeck,
                              It's all good

                              Know just exactly where Lumberton is,Brookhaven too,if you ever get down this way look me up!
                              I just need one more tool,just one!

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