Pro-tips

Quick change “R” lock disc system

With a variety of discs available, the R Lock system is a disc for almost every need. The aluminum oxide discs are good for grinding, sanding, deburring and blending on ferrous metals, automotive, plastics, paint, fiberglass and wood. We stock 3 diameters …. 1½”, 2”, and 3”. We have them in 36 grit, 80 grit…

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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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Pro-tips

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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Safe grinding

Unfortunately, from my side of the counter, I often see and hear about arms, fingers and eyes injured thorough unsafe grinding.  Sometimes, the injuries are serious.  Injuries caused by the careless use of hand held grinders and die grinders turning at a very high RPM. Here are some safety guidelines that come from the manufacturer…

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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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