Since ENCO was bought out by MSC, the Enco values have vanished. Has anyone come up with a new source?
I have done business with both MSC and Enco for over 40 yrs. ...for my consumable tooling items I have always waited for the 30% to 50 % off sales and ordered in quantities ...I have used Shars and Rutland also ...I have also purchased thru ebay in quantities for basic mill cutters or carbide inserts ...I guess the old rule of " if the materials cost more than the job is worth , then DON"T do it !"is still a good rule ...also , nothing of any value is cheap or easy ( could be talking about a girl here )...anyway , I do business with MSC now and do wait for the "sales" ...always an optimist...gene french
When I bought my lathe chuck off Ebay the company I got it from sent along a catalog. The prices in it are not bad. When I get to the shop I will post the name and contact info. While not top of the line for production work, might be just the ticket for low use.
Flea markets, swap meets and sometimes eBay. I know this doesn't exactly get you what you want, when you want it. However, buying in advance from these places, when the price and the opportunity is right, means that you'll have it when you need it, which is even faster than ordering from a catalog or visiting a store.
I get a lot of my stuff from Wholesale Tool in Tulsa.They have pretty good tooling.
CDCO Machinery Corporation
1129 Tower Rd
Schaumburg Il 60173
Let me add another source in addition to the ones listed above. I buy most of my consumable tools from Travers Tool Co (travers.com). They are fast, sell a variety of cutters, drills, etc for reasonable prices, and their shipping is very fast. They have a monthly specials catalog where some things are available at a substantial discount, which is when I stock up.
Major tools, I frequently buy used (Craig's List is good). Accessories I just have to hunt and shop for. Over time you will learn where you can buy this stuff, and where not to buy it. You will also learn when a price is fair and when is someone trying to get you to pay for their retirement. The good news is that there are so many suppliers out there that you can buy cutters, drills, etc at very reasonable prices.
I've used Kitts Industrial Tools in the past. Good prices and great customer service...
Thanks all for your input.
CDC Products on Belt Line Road in Richardson Texas has an amazing selection of surplus lathe and machine tools. Plus they have lots of aircraft sheet metal tools. It is a haven for metal workers like me. They do not take checks or debit or credit cards. No internet site, and no mail order. Perfect!
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940 E Belt Line Rd
Richardson, TX 75081
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Since they have a location in Chicago I have bought a lot of tools and tooling from KBCTools.com which I think has pricing about the same as ENCO had but quality just a wee bit better but they also have choice of USA or Import for most of their tools so for a one time use I go with the cheap where if it is something I am going to produce in quantity then I go with the better tooling.