Our Trusted Online Tool Retailers
We guard our credit card info like it's the last beer on earth. Not just anyone with an online store front gets our 16 digits and you're probably the same way. So we're going to highlight three online tool retailers that we can vouch for. We're not saying that these are the only good ones out there, but they're the ones that we've dealt with and bought from and can say with 100% certainty that they're trustworthy, legit, and beyond stellar on the customer service front.
So here are the chosen few who, if they wanted, could steal our info and head off to Mexico with the Tool Snob fortune:
1. Ohio Power Tool - This is a great family run business located in Columbus Ohio (and sponsors of ours!). Our pal Jay (the second generation) is busy streamlining their online presence and writing the great tool blog Coptool. While OPT is geared toward heavy-duty tradesman tools, you never know what you're going to find while sifting through their online catalog. They also have a great parts selection (which we discussed in detail here).
2. Tool Nut - Another family-owned brick and mortar store that is making the move to the online world. Their prices are great, but make sure to sign up for their weekly newsletter in order to get the real steals. Tool Nut actually goes far beyond power tools with a great selection of building materials (including plumbing, electrical, and HVAC) as well as wood shop equipment (lathes, planers, drum sanders, etc.). They're also one of the very few US retailers of the Tanos Systainer storage cases (our review here), the ones that Festool made famous. The site for those is called Systainerworld.
3. Tool King - Again with the whole family run store taking the jump to the online world. These guys have a large selection and also a section for reconditioned tools, if you're into that. Tool King is also in the blogging business with Toologics.com and they also operate Tooliday.com, a site which highlights a new bargain each day.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 27, 2010 5:05 AM