I suspect we've all been here at one time or another.
I went to Lowe's with the idea of buying a Porter Cable compact belt
sander ( 2 1/2" x 14" belts). I first checked the bin for
replacement belts, but they didn't have any. The aisle associate
checked the computer and assured me they were coming in on the next
truck. However he wasn't sure if they expected one belt or one package
I voted with my feet.
I have a Ryobi 4 x 36 belt/disk sander that I bought at Home Depot about
5 years ago. Went there to buy replacement belts for it - and they
didn't carry that size. They were still selling the sander, but no
belts for it. Weird. It seemed very odd to me that they don't carry
supplies for their own products.
That makes two of us.
Would never even consider relying on a big box store for consumable
items with the exception of deck screws which for me, are only a
For the most part, their lumber is garbage.
Have a very good local hardware store that is willing to stock small
quantities and order larger quantities, selling at competitive prices.
Harbor Freight for consumables from China when on sale.
Otherwise, it net shopping time.
Buying in standard quantities insures market level prices as well as
having the item in my own stock when I need it.
WT bought some New England Woodworker's Warehouse stores. A pretty good
store, reminding me a lot of the old WWW. Kind of in-between Coastal's
heavy contractor orientation, and Woodcraft's focus on finer woodworking.
WT stocks Mirka abrasives, which draws me to Old Saybrook on a regular
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