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#1 Bill56 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 06, 2014 - 10:24 PM

In my adventures of repairs on a mower deck I needed two foodstuff keys for a new spindle shaft. Got the shaft from a SImplicity dealer in less than 30 hours time. Not bad for a 60's model tractor! I didn't bother with getting the keys from the dealer because I didn't think it would be a big deal to grab them from the local hardware store. BIG MISTAKE... I drove around for almost two hours, visiting Ace Hardware, and two different auto parts stores. They either had none at all or not the correct size. Oh, and I tried going to a local mower shop, but in this area they are all closed on Wednesday! :wallbanging:  Finally ended up finding them at Farm and Fleet. And I took the last two they had of that size.


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 11:34 PM

In my adventures of repairs on a mower deck I needed two foodstuff keys for a new spindle shaft.

Never heard of those keys?  haha

but seriously there some woodroof keys that are like half metric half SAE  i had my dealing with them att the one plow day  when about 20ft pulley came lose lost a key went to trader horn and had to bring a hole box of keys out to find the fitting one


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Stuff like that can drive a guy nutz. We are blessed with a high diversity of industrial supply houses, but I'm still having to order stuff sometimes.
Thank goodness f&f had two.
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Posted August 07, 2014 - 05:21 AM

I keep trying to forget that I probably burned up $5.00 in gasoline to spend less than a dollar!

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Posted August 07, 2014 - 05:31 AM

I got tired of trying to find the right ones in our town, so I bought myself

2 assortment kits from Stens. The standard ones, and the step keys.

It was a fair bit of an investment, but worth it.


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 06:07 AM

I got tired of trying to find the right ones in our town, so I bought myself

2 assortment kits from Stens. The standard ones, and the step keys.

It was a fair bit of an investment, but worth it.

I've done the same with many types of hardware. The assortments usually pay for themselves the first time I dig into them. Between gas and lost time, they save me alot. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 06:20 AM

I usually have good luck at Ace. Was really surprised I couldn't find one there. In the past there were at least two drawers of keys to search through. I'm guessing the competition of big box stores is hitting them hard. Especially in the inventory of low volume parts... Sad to say.
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Posted August 07, 2014 - 06:24 AM

Yep, I buy everything in bulk now as it saves time and money in the long run.

 

If you guys ever need any assortments let me know, can probably beat the price locally and online :D


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 07:01 AM

Last time I needed a woodruff key, Fastnal was the only local store that had it. Was brought in from another local branch. It was a #22 IIRC for my Wisconsin Engine flywheel.


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 07:04 AM

My experience has been to go to an auto store and ask for something like a Woodruff key and College Boy will look at you with raccoon eyes.


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 07:15 AM

My experience has been to go to an auto store and ask for something like a Woodruff key and College Boy will look at you with raccoon eyes.


That was exactly what happened at Napa!

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Posted August 07, 2014 - 07:18 AM

Ha,Ha...I just noticed the "foodstuff" keys! Hilarious spell check!!

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Posted August 07, 2014 - 08:12 AM

The local NAPA has mostly more experienced guys(old). That is where the wisdom resides. They are also sympathetic to my problem of not having been in the business for 40 years. They help me to catch up when I'm doing something on a newer car. A month ago they guided me through bubble flares when replacing brake lines. I had to buy an entire tool kit but I figure it paid for itself in that one job.

 

I choose buying local because of the personel service, less walking and gas savings. Even if the price is a little higher there is an overall savings. My guys are always willing to special order too.

 

One other thought, when I bought out a shop the owner gave me this "key stock". They are 12" bars of key material that can be cut to length and filed to shape if necessary. Good Luck, Rick


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