Originally Posted by JimC
My experience with large hardware orders was that mcmaster.com beat Fastenal's pricing by a good percentage, and I've never had a single miss- sent item from mcmaster. Not trying to sharp-shoot, just relating the experience.
Actually thanks; I had intended to ask about other suggestions as well. I'm considering doing full-chassis bolt-kits as well but can obviously only do them for the models I have access to (yes, I can use the parts catalog but not all sizes are listed) since getting all the bolts together is a major pain and takes so much time.
I just did some comparisons in price between my quote here and the McMaster website (which is obviously retail without discounts) and mine seems to be 10-25% cheaper on average. Possibly not enough to make it worthwhile for most people; but being able to get most of the needed bolts at once might hold some additional value.
Either way I'm likely to be ordering about $600 worth of bolts at the end of the week and I'm happy to share the saving; if you know the exact sizes you need even better.