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Old 28th Sep 2019, 10:14 pm   #1
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I'll be spending Christmas with my daughter in GA, USA and expect to have a limited amount of space in my suitcase in which to bring back items that might be rather too expensive to post across the pond. Obviously, items would be sent to daughter's address; onward transmission once back here subject to suitable arrangement. Equally obviously, no prohibited items!
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Old 29th Sep 2019, 2:55 am   #2
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That’s a kind offer.

Auroras anyone?
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Old 4th Oct 2019, 8:58 pm   #3
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I quite fancy another Corvette, if you can squeeze one in there.....
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Old 5th Oct 2019, 12:30 pm   #4
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Not the "C" word again!Banned on the forum unless it appertains to Car Radio.

Sorry,I could not resist!
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Old 5th Oct 2019, 12:40 pm   #5
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You'd need a crew and somewhere to berth it, a suitcase is a tad ambitious.
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Old 6th Oct 2019, 12:42 pm   #6
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It would be a good opportunity to get high quality American screws. I now have all I need, but when I wanted some precision stainless steel 0-80 UNF screws and a set of taps for a project, I had to get a contact in the US to get them from McMaster-Carr and post them to me. The cost of getting them from a UK source would have been prohibitive, and Mc Master-Carr no longer export stuff to new customers.
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 11:41 pm   #7
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Bump! - getting close to the time.
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Old 7th Dec 2019, 11:21 am   #8
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When I went to the states a couple of years back I brought back some ordinary 115v mains wall sockets and some dis-board trailing extension leads for friends. They are very useful if you restore American radios. Light and small! bought cheaply in a Home Depot.
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Old 29th Jan 2020, 10:00 am   #9
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Another trip coming up at the end of March, so the original offer is open again.
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Old 29th Jan 2020, 10:02 pm   #10
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Whenever I travel to the US I try to show up here:

https://fairradio.com/

Always worth to roam about ... but the risk level of carrying heavy loads leaving the shop is high.
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 7:12 am   #11
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"Another trip coming up at the end of March, so the original offer is open again. " I keep looking at Tek plugin's in the USA but shipping is stupidly expensive, might take you up on your offer Mr G if I can wangle it.

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Old 14th Feb 2020, 1:05 am   #12
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In the days when I got to travel to the US on business, I always gave a high priority to visiting the tools departments in the Sears stores. I'm not sure if there are many of those left; the on-line market has hurt them. Bought wonderful tools of really good quality in those stores at very good prices.

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Old 14th Feb 2020, 1:39 am   #13
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Another vote for Sears, I still have a few items although most were stolen from my Son's car.
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Old 14th Feb 2020, 12:45 pm   #14
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Sears went bust in 2018 - I think they got out of bancrupcy but are much reduced and still reducing. I also used to love their tools section!
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Old 16th Feb 2020, 12:16 pm   #15
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Another vote for Sears. I bought a pair of garden secateurs over 40 years ago - still going strong.

And in another vote for small tools, when I travelled to San Diego regularly, I developed a fetish for ....oops, I mean interest in multi-tools of the Leathermen/Swisstool/Buck tool variety. They were much cheaper there than over here, so now I have a small collection. Not too big in the luggage, and they made good presents for my sons. Don’t need anything at the moment though, thanks GroovyG.

Nice twist on “Corvette” Bill! Plenty of those in San Diego since WWII.

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Old 17th Feb 2020, 5:00 pm   #16
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Sears tools brand Craftsman?
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Old 17th Feb 2020, 8:29 pm   #17
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Old Yesterday, 12:02 am   #18
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Sear sold the Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker in 2017. As part of the deal Sears were allowed to continue to source and sell Craftsman tools for 15 years. I don't know if they were restricted to using existing suppliers. The problem for the casual visitor to the USA will be finding a Sears store. Sears and Kmart used to have a total of about 4000 stores. By the end of the round of closures which finishes this month, they will be down to 182 stores. There are, or course, online options.

Stanley Black & Decker are a large group, and are either manufacturing or sourcing their own Craftsman brand tools. They are using their own distribution channels.

A Google search will find endless discussions over the merits of tools manufactured in the USA vs the far east. I am not going to get sucked into that debate here. As an infrequent user of my tools I have had good luck with some of the Harborfreight tools, eg their torque wrenches, digital calipers and impact grade sockets. I do not abuse them. And the key is to wait until HF stuff is on sale, which it is regularly. Discounts of 66% are not uncommon.

HTH and 73

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