Fastenal, who knew? - SailNet Community
 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 24 Old 02-11-2013 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
T37Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 79
Thanked 56 Times in 40 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Thumbs up Fastenal, who knew?

Just thought I would share,

I was searching for some large replacement bolts/nuts/washers for a rudder repair and found Fastenal. I had not heard of this company, but I am glad I found it, better late than never I suppose. They have a great selection of Stainless Steel & 316 SS nuts & bolts, among many other things. They don't advertise much I guess, their primary clientèle is contractors but they are open to the public. I was surprised to find how many locations they have, at least in Maryland, they're everywhere. It appears pricing is very good, especially compared to marine stores. The same bolt I needed was almost 4X cost at West Marine. They don't sell most things by the piece so it may not be cost effective for most DIY.

Home | Fastenal

Cheers,
Shawn

S/V Windgeist
1982 Tartan 37C

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by T37Chef; 02-11-2013 at 09:45 PM.
T37Chef is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 24 Old 02-11-2013
Senior Member
 
blt2ski's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,884
Thanks: 0
Thanked 30 Times in 29 Posts
Rep Power: 12
   
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

There are a number of stores like them around for hardware like this. White Cap is another, local in puget sound is Tacoma Screw.....Even a local Ace or true value can get SS stuff for you if you can wait for decent prices.

Marty

She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!
blt2ski is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 24 Old 02-11-2013
72 C&C Corvette
 
CorvetteGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: PHYC
Posts: 318
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

Seen the trucks driving around my small town in Cobourg Ontario, so they must be up to some good.
CorvetteGuy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 24 Old 02-11-2013 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
T37Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 79
Thanked 56 Times in 40 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

Yes, some ACE Hardware have good selections, the one near our marina is great, but nothing close to what I saw today

Cheers,
Shawn

S/V Windgeist
1982 Tartan 37C

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
T37Chef is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 24 Old 02-11-2013
Senior Member
 
Omatako's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Auckland New Zealand
Posts: 2,558
Thanks: 1
Thanked 33 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

Maybe the suppliers are not the same where you are as to where I am but if they are, beware.

In New Zealand we have a brilliant SS hardware supplier for fasteners and other stainless stuff, their catalogue is like a sailors Aladdin's Cave. See it here: Anzor Stainless Steel

But if you walk in off the street and buy something that will cost you say $100, the registered company that holds an account with them pays as little as $18 for the exact same order. It is, to me at least, absolutely iniquitous. I discovered this when I bought a component that they charged me $48 for and I was later told that someone from the marine industry would have paid just $11 for it.

I have a friend who runs a marine fabrication business and I now buy everything from them on his account and pay him the price in cash. My fastener costs have been fabulously reduced since then.

Maybe where you live is different.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

__________________

"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

Arthur C. Clarke
Omatako is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 24 Old 02-11-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: western LI sound, L.I., N.Y.
Posts: 512
Thanks: 1
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

First became aware of Fastenal few years ago when my business
partners son-in-law was working in one of their stores.
Understand they are a multi billion $ business and one of the largest
if not the largest in their field. Yes understand primarily supplying the contractors.
Sadly son-in-law has since moved on...
HUGOSALT is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 24 Old 02-11-2013
Senior Member
 
bljones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Coast Ontario
Posts: 8,480
Thanks: 35
Thanked 91 Times in 81 Posts
Rep Power: 8
   
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

Fastenal was the first supplier to offer me jobber pricing. Great crew.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere:


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
bljones is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 24 Old 02-11-2013
Senior Member
 
chef2sail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,096
Thanks: 30
Thanked 58 Times in 54 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Send a message via AIM to chef2sail
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

Fastenal good stuff. I have used them. But your right about the bulk. I usually check our ACE , assuming you are using the MtN Road I do. Sometimes they surprise you.

I have a Fastenal store near me in Towson two miles away If you see some thing you want from he you can order it or see online if that store has it in inventory and I can pick it up for you



Dave


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
___________________________
S/V Haleakala (Hawaiian for" House of the Sun")
C&C 35 MKIII Hull # 76
Parkville, Maryland
(photos by Joe McCary)
Charter member of the Chesapeake Lion posse

Our blog-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


“Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.”- Dennis Conner

Last edited by chef2sail; 02-11-2013 at 09:48 PM.
chef2sail is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 24 Old 02-11-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 384
Thanks: 0
Thanked 25 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

Not all stainless steel are the same. Their prices are good but they were not able to tell me where they get their stainless from. There is a lot of SS stuff from China, and I would not buy them due to their horrible quality. If the store doesn't disclose the source I spend my money elsewhere. Please beware of low SS prices.
SVTatia is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 24 Old 02-11-2013 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
T37Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 79
Thanked 56 Times in 40 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Fastenal, who knew?

Good point SVTatia, but then where else do you recommend?

Whitecap mentioned earlier only has a couple locations in the DC metro area, neither are convenient to get to. Fastenal has 10 stores within 30 minutes of home, one is literally 2 miles from home, one is about 8 miles from the boat. Just sayin

Cheers,
Shawn

S/V Windgeist
1982 Tartan 37C

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
T37Chef is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Knew it wouldn't last.... cb32863 General Discussion (sailing related) 14 02-21-2011 11:05 AM
I knew things were bad, but..... sailordave General Discussion (sailing related) 4 04-05-2009 08:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome