Looking for recommendations for an online supplier
|Graham Stoppani||20/04/2019 17:20:58|
40 forum posts
I need to replenish my stocks of stainless steel A2 metric nuts, bolts and washers. In the past I'd pick up this stuff from Steve's Stainless at the Stafford Show (motorcycles). Unfortunately, poor Steve died last year so I thought I'd see who other people can recommend. I buy ten or twenty of each length of bolt/ screw I need and usually about 50 washers at a time, so small amounts.
|Guy Lamb||20/04/2019 17:31:38|
|73 forum posts|
If you use 6,8,10 & 12 mm @ A2 as I do, I find Screwfix has everything I want on the shelf and at a reasonable cost too.
|Martin Connelly||20/04/2019 17:32:12|
908 forum posts
I have bought them for work in the past from RS or Buck and Hickman. Not necessarily the cheapest but RS always delivered next working day so suited urgent requirements.
|2374 forum posts|
There are several good places on the auction site, I use Kay’s and Boltbase.
|884 forum posts|
|John Hinkley||20/04/2019 19:27:21|
781 forum posts
I've used these in the past when I was located near them. I don't know how their prices compare with others, but they supplied me with the small quantities I needed quickly when I ordered from them:
807 forum posts
I use Westfield Fasteners, they have good range and you can order in small quantities, delivery is very prompt. They also stock Brass and High Tensile with a full range of heads and multiple lengths.
956 forum posts
Graham, Toolstation is also worth a look, and often cheaper than Screwfix.
|Raymond Anderson||21/04/2019 05:47:32|
732 forum posts
Accu, Fantastic range and superb service. I use them for all my fastener needs.
|Graham Stoppani||21/04/2019 07:06:27|
40 forum posts
Hi Bill, yes I'm in the Ducati Owners Club so you may have heard the name there.
|Graham Stoppani||21/04/2019 07:07:36|
40 forum posts
Thanks everyone for your recommendations, I better get my shopping list made up.
|David George 1||21/04/2019 10:02:28|
1010 forum posts
Hi Graham Just one more to look at www.polished-stainless.com Mike Peters I have no connection with him other than having bought from him. He suplies most sizes and in any quantity anywhere in the world.
|ken king, King Design||21/04/2019 10:31:12|
131 forum posts
Still one more option for you Graham, try www.motalia.co.uk and their 'fasteners' section. They offer Metric, Imperial, Cycle and other threads. Motorcyclists are well catered for as well as general engineering types,
|Richard -||21/04/2019 11:56:23|
|49 forum posts|
Just be careful the standard for stainless steel is a lot lower than normal 8.8
Got caught out many years ago when making roll cages for competition.
|Roger Woollett||21/04/2019 15:58:36|
|109 forum posts|
Sorry I am a bit late but I have used these people a couple of times and have had good service.
They have a wide range of stainless fastners.
|Mike Clarke||21/04/2019 16:39:27|
84 forum posts
I have had problems with stainless fasteners from Screwfix galling - so would give them a miss.
As other companies have been recommended, it only seems fair to share my preferred source:
|Mike Poole||21/04/2019 17:07:38|
2250 forum posts
Galling is always a possibility with stainless, Dave Middleton recommended copaslip to help prevent the problem. Some fasteners have been degreased and using them is likely to cause trouble if they are not relubricated.
|Ian P||21/04/2019 20:44:16|
2279 forum posts
PTS look to have an impressive range of high quality fasteners, I was looking for some stainless shoulder screws recently, saw the ones on their website but the pricing put me off. Do you know if they sell in smaller quantities than the webpage shows and is the pricing pro-rata?
|Nigel Graham 2||21/04/2019 20:54:32|
|452 forum posts|
The galling is most likely to occur when both fasteners are of the same alloy.
It may be though that "ordinary" quality screws from the likes of Screwfix, whilst perfectly adequate for many applications, have rougher surfaces than high-quality so are on the road to galling straight away.
However, I have bought quite a lot of metric fasteners from Toolstation or Screwfix and have not so far had any gall.
|Mike Clarke||21/04/2019 21:57:00|
84 forum posts
Which are you interested in? Many of the more specialist fasteners are listed at cost per 100 but in fact the pack sizes you add to your basket are 5, 25 etc.....so yes, pro-rata. Usually I get the purchasing office to place my orders, but I have made purchases myself when in a hurry and the product and service is top notch.
I have bought many 100,000s of stainless fasteners and experience has taught me (i.e. being in the middle of nowhere with seized fasteners) to avoid certain suppliers. I personally can feel the difference "through the spanners".
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