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"Cherry picking" tool sale prices


Geepers, it's been a while since I was here. I thought I'd share something I have been doing the past few months. Nope, I'm not buying tools to pick cherries, but each month (or each week if I have the $$$) I go on line and check the sale fliers for all the hardware and tool stores between work and home to see what is on sale. Since last September, I've doubled the size of my clamp collection, buying muli-packs of Irwin "Quik-Clamps" and less than half price. Also got a great deal on sets of Vise-Grip pliers (yeah, I know they aren't USA made anymore, but I don't like anyone else's design). On "Black Friday" I was at Lowe's and Home Depot and Tractor Sup[ply picking up door buster deals. Both Lowes and Home Depot had 14 Gallon wet/dry shop vacs on sale for less than $30 plus great deals on various hand tools. This Month (Feb 2012) seems to be a dry spell, not much available at deep discount except paint. I don't buy any of this stuff on line, just check the store flyer on the computer and stop at the store on the way home. That way, I get to see what the tools look and feel like in my hands. Also, my Ace Hardware store gave out calanders this year with a coupon for each month. Stuuf like a free 5 gallon bucket, or $5 discount on a $30 purchase. Plus I got the Ace shopper's card for the store and accumulate points which earn my $5 discount coupons that arrive in the mail. None of this helps much if you need a certain tool today for a job, but if you can wait, you can save a serious amount of money on stuff that you can use. For me it was clamps and Vise-Grips plus a store-brand rotary tool (like a Dremel) that came with a 40 piece accessory kit and a case for less than $13 (about half price). I've never really NEEDED to have a rotary tool before, but for $13, I now have one that I've already used twice. It might get used a couple of times a year, so I didn't need a professional model, but this one is really nice for what it cost. Anyhow, I'm glad to be back and I hope that this is helpfull



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Good info there Joe, I'm like you on the rotary tool but I darned sure would buy one for my mini shop at that price.  Now you've got me interested in concentrating more on the fliers online.  I guess I never thought about it but that's a cool way to check out the deals from the comfort of your own home, especially at the price of Petrol these days.

Thanks for the headsup,

meller



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I work 50 miles from home, which stinks, except that by varying the route slightly, I can be driving right by just about any store you can think of, so I'm not spending gas $$$ for my shopping trips. For tools and hardware, I have Tractor Supply, Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, Sears Hardware outlet, a regular Sears, and a dozen auto parts places. I'll keep an eye open for any big bargains I see coming up in March and post them here. That rotary tool was just something I could not pass up, not at that price. And it is of better quality than I would have guessed, maybe not "Dremel" quality, but it's all I'll ever need.



-- Edited by bontaiJoe on Tuesday 14th of February 2012 02:08:25 PM

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Well, there wasn't much outt her as far as killer bargains for February. I got a free quart of paint at Ace Hardware last weekend with an in store coupon. I plan to use it to paint the bathroom ceiling. Not much eles I can do with just a quart of paint. Ace has the usual lawn fertilizer and seed on sale, plus shovels and rakes. Home Depot has a pretty good deal on a 6' fiberglass ladder for $39, that's a good deal if you need a ladder. Home Depot also has sales on flooring, paint, lighting, tiles, and power tools.

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Thanks for the headsup Joe - - - - ya never know when someone will be looking for one of those items and be able to save some bucks.

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My wife is a coupon Queen,, I can't remember the last time we went to dinner somewhere that she didn't have a coupon, of some sort,

save alot of money I suspose,, infact we went to Windy's burger joint yesterday,, she had coupons for buy one get one free deal, she had it all figured out how to get what we usually have for around 3$, which normally cost about 10-12 bucks,, there was a new manager that had just started  , and he gave her some static and argued with her about how it was suppose to work out, but that's like arguing with a fence post to argue with her,, of course she was right,

I 'n not a coupon collecter,, but I know theres money to be saved by using them

I use the horrable freight discounts  all the time



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Thanks for the reminder - I need some impact metric and SAE deep sockets and Harbor Fright had them on sale - hope they still are

 

EDIT: Yep - $21.99 each plus a 10% off coupon for one item



-- Edited by Dave W on Wednesday 7th of March 2012 03:21:27 PM

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I did this search
http://www.nextag.com/18v-cordless-drill/stores-html
and came up with these eight prices.
119
124
60
30
219
545
331
50

The bottom 1/4th is $50 and below and the top 1/4th is $331 and above, so prices outside the $51 to $330 range for this tool are suspect.

On the other hand supposedly there is no correlation between price and quality.

Dunno'.



-- Edited by WT on Thursday 15th of March 2012 10:41:32 AM

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The other amigos here have more knowledge of good quality tools than I do but I've found that a "real cheap tool" is usually just that.  The foreign manufacturers have probably had more to do with that than anyone but I'm sure there are local companies that lack the quality of yesteryear also.  The amount of money I spend on a tool usually depends on the job I'm wanting it to do - - - - - - I hope that makes sense?



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I have a real problem with the cheapies and am not impressed with the Black and Decker owned brands - B&D, DeWalt and now Porter Cable. My old Porter Cable cordless driver blew up it's clutch so I went with a Bosch 14.4 (not a lithium). It's ok, but it isn't the best but it does work. I've a couple other wired Bosch power tools that are very good as well as a Hitachi pro level 7" grinder that is great.

I guess it boils down to what you want to spend. I'll often look at AMAZON for reviews though not necessarily buy there as their prices aren't always the best



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i aint ever had any luck with cheap tools but i do put through the paces. i guess some of the cheap tools would work ok for ocasional use but i sure cant get em to last . porter cable and millwalke we're allways my first choice. now it seems that everbody is makin the cheap stuff. skill made dang good tools many years ago. them old worm drive saws are still workin but their so dang heavy nobody wants to use em these days.

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I see for the month of April that Ace has the usual lawn and garden chemicals on sale, a 6' Werner type 1 (250 lb rating) fiberglass ladder for $49.99 after $10 rebate. The best buy in the circular seems to be the Ace brand 5/8" x 50' and 5/8" x 100' garden hose. The 50 footer is $9.99 after $10 rebate and the 100 footer is $19.99 after a $10 rebate. Hose is "kink free" and comes with a limited lifetime warrantee, pretty good deals if you need hose. Also I see the 32 gallon "Brute" plastic garbage can on sale for $19.99, which may seem expensive at first for a garbage can, but these are the heavy duty Rubbermaid ones that are meant for industrial/commercial use.

True Value Hardware has Fiskars pruners on sale, a back back manual pump sprayer for $11.99 (less than half price, reg, $24.99) and solar powered walkway lights at $1.99 each. Plus weed and feed fertilizer at $11.99 for 16 lb (covers 5000 sq ft.)

Just about everyone has paint, ladders, lawn & garden stuff all on sale because it's that time of year.

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tool shopping updates


Been a while since I updated my shopping habits. My health took a dump and slowed me up quite a bit, but I'm still kicking. My wife is from the Philippines and we send a few boxes of goodies overseas to her family each year. Most of her nieces and nephews went to college and got their degrees. But one nephew has chosen instead to learn how to build house and furniture. I've been buying hand tools and shipping them out to him. I can't help him with power tools because the voltage is different. By hitting sales at Sears and Ace mostly, I've been able to fit him out with a nice kit of tools over the past 2 years. Sent him a welding helmet as he was trying to weld by wearing 2 pairs of sunglasses. I noticed that Ace has a nice sale on a lot of stuff for August (2016) including Black & Decker drills. Ace had Craftsman 3/8" drive ratchet with 8 or 9 sockets in inch or mm for around $10 last month. Sears runs that same sale 2 or 3 times a year. Right now, I'm ordering a pair of aluminum Louisville Ladders 2 foot tall with a 300 lb rating from Walmart.com for $29. They are light weight. make nice saw horses, and the top step is wide enough for me to park my tired old butt on when I need to sit for a couple of minutes. Light weight is the new theme for my tool purchases. My days of "strong like mule" are behind me, now I have to be "smart like fox"...... getting old sucks, except for the alternative.



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