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shaun meakin 108/04/2020 08:58:19
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Hi guys, what terrible times we are living in at the moment. For now CuP are open. Glen and I are working alternate days so we are observing social distancing. As Hopper says things are changing and this may certainly change after this weekend if conditions are tightened due to selfish idiots going out this Easter.

However, we are confident we meet the guidelines for now so have every intention of carrying on. Carriers are calling every day (again observing distances) and we are posting orders every day. Hopefully we will see some light at the end of the tunnel shortly and some normality will return.

Stay safe everyone.

Howi08/04/2020 09:03:14
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Posted by JasonB on 08/04/2020 07:08:11:

Yes I tend to agree with Hopper that any company listed here will only be trading on the day posted and could be closedor operating differently tomorrow.

Even the OP's mentions Macc being open yet from the other thread they are having difficulty soucing some items and possibly don't show what they actually have in stock when ordering so that part or tool you need urgently may not arrive for a week or two so you would have been better going elsewhere.

As for the likes of Screwfix, try to use them only for emergency repairs and stay indoors getting materials for a bit of DIY during the lockdown is not essential IMHO

J.

Edited By JasonB on 08/04/2020 07:14:03

screwfix also have a delivery option, ordered on friday, could have had it delivered on Sat but chose Mon. only added £5 to bill. it was on my doorstep by 0900. well packaged - great service.

DIY is essentiual if it keeps you from going doolally - i needed to get a 2mtr arial up at rooftop level, needed brackets, clamps etc - so! why not? it put no one in harms way (apart from me up a ladder at my age!). it did not involve being near anyone else.

i think some people take the essential/non essential business a little too far? only my opinion though.

Johnboy2508/04/2020 09:33:11
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Hi...

just a shout out for Bearingboys Ltd. Brilliant service (no affiliation)

ordered some HTD Drive belts & pulleys all components (two consignments) came in next day shortly followed by the other part of the Oder.

**LINK**

keep well & stay away from this b****y virus. 🤬

John.

 

Edited By Johnboy25 on 08/04/2020 09:33:48

Neil Wyatt08/04/2020 10:06:32
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I think most companies are still up but mail order only. Notable exception is Arc Euro Trade.

Neil

Henry Brown08/04/2020 10:10:59
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She who has to be obeyed is collecting some CT-90 from Toolstation as she passes on her way to do our weekly shop, I ordered on line and they bring it to the door.

Rod Renshaw08/04/2020 10:27:44
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Hmm... some for the idea of a list ( those posting information) and some against, mostly because of the changing situation.I wonder if the one-man bands, locked up in their shops, might be safer and less likely to close than the larger firms with staff to consider?

So lets try, if it's not useful we will only have lost a little time, and if it works the MEs can save time and phone calls etc and the suppliers might get more orders. The hobby depends on the small suppliers, if they are trying to stay open it would surely be useful know this.

The list can only give a guide, and a phone call to confirm and order might be safer than ordering from a website which might just swallow your money for the duration if the firm is closed.

So far we have:-

Arc Euro Tools - closed Opening again for mail order

Bearingboys Ltd - open

Chronos - open

CuP alloys -open

EKP - open

GLR- open

GWR Fasteners -open

Live Steam Models -open

Macc models - open

M Machine Metals - open

Myford - open

RGD tools - open

Screwfix - open for pre-orders

Toolstation - open for pre-orders

Tracy tools - open

Moderators, or someone with IT skills, is there an easier way to update the list than rewriting it as new info comes in?

rod

 

 

 

 

Edited By Rod Renshaw on 08/04/2020 10:30:53

Edited By JasonB on 09/04/2020 15:31:21

martin perman08/04/2020 10:58:03
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I ordered some clock repairing tools from Alfindings Ltd via Amazon, they arrived two days after ordering and also ordered some clock repairing tools from R & N Electronics, website www.rnhorological.co.uk, currently in transit.

I also bought a clock off of Ebay, delivered last week with driver observing SD and had another Courier arrive to collect a cast iron Exhaust Pot for a Stationary engine SD observed also.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 08/04/2020 11:01:10

Dave Halford08/04/2020 11:10:30
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Posted by Steviegtr on 08/04/2020 00:45:15:
Posted by Bill Phinn on 08/04/2020 00:36:42:

It's a little academic for me which mailorder suppliers are open for business and which aren't because the postal service in my area is barely functioning; we haven't had any letters or parcels delivered for over a week though we are expecting several.

Oh dear. I take it you are in a remote location. We are getting post ok in Leeds.

Steve.

Post in B'ham is variable between normal and 3 weeks late, we have a local sorting office 2 miles away.

Dave Halford08/04/2020 11:19:10
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Posted by Bill Phinn on 08/04/2020 02:41:58:
Posted by Steviegtr on 08/04/2020 02:05:So I guess you are not in Scarborough then. Obviously a very secret location.

Some strange ratiocination going on there,

Edited By Bill Phinn on 08/04/2020 02:46:01

Is that like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? smiley

Hopper08/04/2020 12:28:00
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 08/04/2020 08:34:32:
Posted by magpie on 07/04/2020 22:48:38:

__ Myford are owned by RDG __

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Sorry, magpie, but I’m pretty sure that part ^^^ is [still] not true.

Last time I looked at Companies House, it was clear that named individuals were involved in both companies

BUT there is [was] no subsidiary relationship between the two Companies.

MichaelG.

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Happy to be corrected if you can show the evidence

So in plain English then, are you saying that RDG and Myford are owned by the same people? Or what?

Michael Gilligan08/04/2020 12:43:34
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Posted by Hopper on 08/04/2020 12:28:00:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 08/04/2020 08:34:32:
Posted by magpie on 07/04/2020 22:48:38:

__ Myford are owned by RDG __

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Sorry, magpie, but I’m pretty sure that part ^^^ is [still] not true.

Last time I looked at Companies House, it was clear that named individuals were involved in both companies

BUT there is [was] no subsidiary relationship between the two Companies.

MichaelG.

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Happy to be corrected if you can show the evidence

So in plain English then, are you saying that RDG and Myford are owned by the same people? Or what?

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In plain English ... same people, but distinct Limited Companies

Not an unusual arrangement, and presumably confers some reasonable advantage to them.

... It is not my place to speculate, but I can think of at least two [advantages]

MichaelG.

Tim Stevens08/04/2020 18:24:55
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In the good old days, pre-WW2, Morris Motors was owned by William Morris. He then bought Wolseley, but kept it as a separate company in his personal ownership. Later he sold what was left of Wolseley to Morris Motors for a tidy sum.

So, it is clear (to me) that although two firms can be owned by the same chap (or several chaps) they still count as separate companies, but it can also be that a firm can become the property of a different firm even if both firms are owned by the same person.

Cheers, Tim

Rod Renshaw08/04/2020 21:03:19
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Well, the idea of a list of ME suppliers open and closed seemed like a good one .

I had thought, when I heard that Arc were closing, that others would follow. But, based on the information from everyone it seems most of the smaller suppliers are open and we don't really need a list.

Thanks to everyone who supplied information to establish this "most suppliers are open" picture.

Rod

Allen Norris08/04/2020 21:33:58
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I would like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to Tracy Tools for amazing service in the present circumstances. I placed a small order with them late on Thursday and it arrived safe and sound first thing this morning. Not only that but I ordered carbon steel taps and they have kindly substituted HSS at no additional cost. Such service deserves recognition, all the more so in these troubled times. Thank you all.

I have also had similar excellent service from Chronos and Axminster in the past week.

It shows how fortunate we are in this country with such dedicated suppliers, but also the service we enjoy from those who actually carry out the deliveries and are trying so hard to keep things going, our thanks should also be extended to them.

I have no affiliation with Tracy Tools, Chronos or Axminster other than as a very satisfied customer.

Allen

JA08/04/2020 21:35:48
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I ordered some 8BA nuts and screws from BA Bolts Ltd this afternoon. My payment was accepted so I am expecting a package through the door in a few days.

JA

Andy Carlson08/04/2020 22:45:38
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Did I imagine seeing that RDG were closed at the start of the lockdown? Glad they seem to be open now.

Regards, Andy

Nathan Sharpe08/04/2020 23:30:28
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Evening all,

If people are really stuck for materials I have the following which I'm willing to share amongst forum members,

300mm x 28mm cast iron.

300mm x 95mm cast iron

300mm x 90mm alu

300mm x 95mm cored 25mm PB

300mm x 28mm s/steel

I will cut and post to your requirements (you pay the postage) until the material is gone.Payment would be by Paypal and prior to payment you will receive an email showing the receipt from the Post Office to justify cost.

No charge for the metal.

It's garden time of year so I'll take my chance of survival/more stock until autumn.

We are all in this together and I hope we ALL survive.

Nathan.

Michael Gilligan08/04/2020 23:57:21
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That is astonishingly generous, Nathan ... the very antithesis of hoarding.

Well done, Sir

MichaelG.

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I presume that the smaller numbers are all diameters

Nathan Sharpe09/04/2020 20:11:30
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Michael, my apologies for not answering your query earlier. With the glorious weather today I was outside until dinner time this evening.

Yes they are length x diameter. I have no idea of the grade of Aluminium but it turns well. Postage costs will be whatever the Post Office charge.

Nathan.

Neil Wyatt09/04/2020 20:28:41
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Allendale - mail order only

Arc Euro Tools - closed Opening again for mail order

Ausee (Australia) - Mail order or pickup with 1-day notice

Axminster - mail order only

Bearingboys Ltd - open

Chester - Mail order only

Chronos - open

CuP alloys - mail order only

EKP - open

GLR- open

GWR Fasteners -open

Live Steam Models -open

Macc models - open

M Machine Metals - open

Myford - open

Pro Machine Tools - mail order (visits by appointment only at normal times anyway)

RGD tools - open

Screwfix - open for pre-orders

Toolstation - open for pre-orders

Tracy tools - open

Warco - mail order onlw

Moderators, or someone with IT skills, is there an easier way to update the list than rewriting it as new info comes in?

Best way is to quote it, select all, then hit the blue rubber 'remove formatting' icon and edit the list as I have done.

I think many of the ones down as 'open' are actually mail order only so if anyone who knows can update, please do.

That way the right info is at the latest post.

Neil

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