Pro-tips

Soap your screws!

 SOAP YOUR SCREWS IN ALL YOU DO! As a young boy, I spent many a day with my dad building wooden sailboats. One of my many jobs was to walk behind him as he drilled holes.  I would then take the brass slotted wood screw that he had given me, drag it across a bar of…

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Why are stainless self-drilling screws magnetic?

We’ve had more than a few calls with questions why the stainless self-drilling screws are magnetic.  The customers reaction is that we sold them something that wasn’t stainless. That is a reasonable misconception. So, let’s clarify!  The self-drilling screws and even some sheet metal screws are made out of 410 stainless. Here is a brief…

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Flap disks

So, summer has arrived and so have trips to the lake. But the old trailer is looking a bit shabby and you really don’t want to have it completely repainted or possibly even re-powder coated. So what do you do to spruce it up ?? If touching up is the game plan, I might suggest…

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Metric automotive bolt markings

Many metric automotive bolts are stamped with numbers creating a lot of confusion as to the actual grade (hardness) of the bolt. We see bolts with a 9, or a 7, perhaps even a 10 stamped in the head.  These numbers do not give us any insight as to the size or hardness of the…

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It’s a part, not a bolt!

Many times our customers bring us what they think is a bolt from a car that they are working on..... Unfortunately, often these aren't standard bolts. They are more like a part that the automaker has designed for a specific purpose. So, don't be surprised if we suggest going back to the dealer or to a junkyard!

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Hole saws

I am often asked about hole saws and what will they cut ? Are they any good? How long do they last? Here's what you need to know! We carry a high quality Industrial Bi-Metal Cobalt Hole Saw. The high speed cobalt teeth are electron beam welded to a steel body.  It is this process that enables…

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Chain- What size should I use?

We are often asked to make a recommendation in regard to what size chain to use for a job. That is a very hard question to answer from our side of the counter, and really should be looked at thru a designer/engineering pair of eyes. There are many factors and abuses that will lessen the…

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THANKS CURT!

Wanted to share some kind words from one of our customers: It seems Mark got a few reviews over one bad customer. There are always 2 sides to a story. Every time I go in, I go down different isles exploring ideas to projects I didn't know had answers. Mark has a small shop and…

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