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Bolts & Fasteners: The Best Buys In Small Parts

If You're Overpaying For Little Stuff, Then We've Found The Best Buys In Small Parts

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We also discovered a local automotive fastener company called TMK. Prices from this company for typical Grade 5, 8, and stainless capscrews are seriously less than any other place we've found. According to TMK, steel prices have come down as of late, and while many other outlets have retained their previous pricing, TMK has decided to pass along this cost savings to its customers. While TMK's prices are excellent, the company does not have a website-but a new catalog is on the way. If you know what you want, you can get a quote over the phone pretty quickly. We priced three of the most common fasteners, and at these prices you can definitely afford a collection.

Just to give you a comparison, we priced a package of three 3/8x1-inch stainless steel bolts for $3.89 at a national chain hardware store. On a single bolt comparison, the hardware store is 13 times the TMK price, not counting shipping. While convenience is with the hardware store, the prices are painful. We found a similar situation with Grade 8 fasteners. The hardware store wanted 40 cents each for 3/8x1 bolts, while TMK's price was less than 9 cents, both based on a box of 100. Of course, you'll need to determine the various sizes and lengths you might want, but at these prices you can easily afford multiple boxes in various sizes. Then you can perform a ceremony and finally bury that can full of rusty bolts.

Bolt Price Comparison
Bolt Depot
Bolt Grade 5 (100) Grade 8 (50/100) Stainless (100)
5/16 x 1 $11.93 ($0.12 each) $7.67 (50) ($0.15 each) $20.63 ($0.21 each)
3/8 x 1 $16.13 ($0.16 each) $11.23 (100) ($0.11 each) $28.51 ($0.285 each)
TMK
Bolt Grade 5 (100) Grade 8 (100) Stainless (100)
1/4 x 1 $1.95 $2.65 $5.00
5/16 x 1 $2.50 $3.90 $6.60
3/8 x 1 $6.45 $8.55 $9.75
Classic Tube Pieces
Description PN Source Price
3/8-inch stainless 25-foot tubing kit K6S Classic Tube $68.50
3/8-inch mild steel 25-foot tubing kit K6 Classic Tube $23.50
1/2-inch bulk stainless tubing, 25 feet SS2006 Classic Tube $120.00
3/8-inch bulk stainless tubing, 20 feet SS2005 Classic Tube $84.00
3/8-inch bulk aluminum tubing, 25 feet AL38 Classic Tube $16.80
3/8-inch stainless fuel line, 20 feet C6S Classic Tube $85.99
3/16-inch mild steel 25-foot tubing kit K3 Classic Tube $18.95
3/16-inch stainless 25-foot tubing kit K3S Classic Tube $89.00
9/16x18 SAE fitting, 3/16 inch SS7006 Classic Tube $4.00
3/16-inch stainless 25-foot bulk tube C3 Classic Tube $69.00
1/2x20 SAE fitting, 3/16 inch (SS) SS7004 Classic Tube $3.00
1/2x20 SAE fitting, 3/16 steel ST8008 Classic Tube $0.25
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