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  • Sberry
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    I am not sure we put it in yet. I had loaded a new one and once I do that we restock. I have ran the generic in this machine before and it works well. I have a 255 changes mood every time a guy toches the knob, can be working beautiful, change wire out and crap again.

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  • Garfield
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    Originally posted by Sberry View Post
    Cant tell the managers from the stockers, the culture is pathetic. Especially once the former burger flipper is promoted to asst manager, all of a sudden they are brilliant and have excuse for anything. I actually got an applause for telling one loud enough to hear that,,,, no,,,, Rockford did not run out of 3/8 nuts, b Another said after someone opened a p[ackage to get at a replacement part,,, how rude of the customers and I said,,, how rude to have an empty shelf of such a common part. One says,,, we only sold 2 last year,,, the concept that the shelf is empty is over their head. Maybe if its empty we should order more? If we sell all the 030 solid maybe we should try to order 3 rolls this week instead of 2 and no need to pile the 13 higher.
    I took a little trip yesterday and went to 4 major stores, passed it up despite driving by it twice, bought a roll of wire at Menards.
    I know this was a while ago but how did the wire from Menards work out?

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  • great white TJ
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    Our Rural King store in Ocala Fl. has areas in the store that look like a train wreck...... there poor welding aisle is in a bad shape ..... if they had what you are looking for it would take you an hour or more to find it.

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  • Sberry
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    A lot of this was before covid so its nothing new. Obe store looks like they put the stock in a blender first, the only thing the stock guy knew was 6013 so they had a lot of that on the shelves and missing and old machines. Was so bad they couldnt even clearance it, no one noticed, simply taking up floor and shelf space that could be used for cloths or toys. Couldnt go there thinking there would be a roll of 030, they might have sold the 1 they ordered for the week.

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  • Bogger_welder
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    There is a locally,family owned farm supply store here that sell Hobart and Forney welders and welding supplies. They are so much cheaper then TSC it's no funny.

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  • MAC702
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    Welcome back!

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  • wmgeorge
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    Well after a few years, I decided to get back into welding more. Went shopping online for Hobart 6011, TSC which is not far from me is $8 more per 5 lb box than Fleet Farm and they (FF) will give me veterans discount this week. I have a new Primeweld 180 Mig on order, the Hobart was about $400 more at TSC. The Primeweld will also do stick. Since I am retired prices seem a lot higher than they were.

    Seems most of the old crew still here after 5 years, I am guessing RockyD is not on the members list for a reason, he and I used to discuss our heart issues. My minor stroke in 2020 was another shot across the bow, but that's the way it is.

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  • Dale M.
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    Originally posted by Nipper View Post
    I dont know where you guys are but Rural King stores here are killing Tractor Supply. They have Hobarts and most all accessories in stock!
    Believe Rural King is pretty much east coast, I am so far west I can almost see Hawaii standing on top of the California BS....

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  • Nipper
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    I dont know where you guys are but Rural King stores here are killing Tractor Supply. They have Hobarts and most all accessories in stock!

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  • Sberry
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    I am kind of surprised Hobart doesnt poke those guys with a stick about doing the stock and display. I know tractor has their model stores to develope plans but I cant see that has turned in to anything. Their stock price has survived, I guess that is the bottom line. I see reginal manager types drive from store to store and get out, bull**** a few and on the way to get a donut before heading out. All I can figure is someone come to the way they do it is cheaper, more profit or simply easier than doing the work it takes to make it what it could be. Seems corporate has all these :intentions" but they never make it to the bottom, they have a "plan" for everything or more like excuses in the end but they never move.
    Maybe they can hang on to the fuddy duddy position while the larger stored swirl around them, not really sure.

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  • Blacksmith
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    The local hardware store nearest me was convenient, but legendary for price gouging. They sold batteries at twice the regular price after a hurricane or firewood at twice the price after a winter store took out power. My kids used to say *** is the place with the helpless hardware man.

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  • Sberry
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    Everything would cost 2x or more than it does if not for some of those guys. Local hardware stores used to be ruthless and sell some of that with a straight face. I got a couple I still like to go back and kick in the *****. As heartless as Amazon, maybe more cause they did it to people they know.

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  • Dale M.
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    Yeah but I like to think some of my money makes it back locally in form of wages for the drones,,,,

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  • MAC702
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    It's a fair point. But just because they are brick-and-mortar, the "local places" available to me are just different big-bad-rich-guys. So, I'm done trying to "save the world" with where my money goes.

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  • Dale M.
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    Would rather keep my meager dollars spent closer to home if possible... Not financing rich boys space games...
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