Was: Shop Safety - Proper Dress
Hi, Joe Lovato
(I said)— I have a box of junk pliers, motors, drawplates and files
that were just a waste of money and time. Rio Grande—are you
Thank you for your response.
Firstly, let me apologize for the above statement.
Re- reading it, I realize it suggests that my ‘box’ comes from only
That is incorrect. Rio supplies me with excellent products for my
business and along with Stuller, Gesswein and Hoover and Strong, all
supply me with most of my needs very professionally…and I have
said that on several occasions on this forum.
That said, I do not live in the USA and so, by default, any order
will cost me about $100 in transport costs and about 3 weeks lead-in
time. So any order is always complicated, time consuming and labour
intensive. Back orders are not an option for me, because of transport
costs and most orders are spread over several companies at once.
And there in lies the rub. My dislike of cheap eastern products.
If I receive an order from a supplier, and the order contains a few
eastern products that are quality defective, I have to absorb those
costs, and do without them until my next order is placed. (the
Even if the product costs, for instance, $500, my cost is $100 to
me, then $100 back and then $100 returned to me. This is most
inefficient in terms of time and money because I bear the return
transport costs, not the supplying company. Even though they are at
fault for supplying me a defective product.
In my experience, more than 95% of defective products I receive are
of eastern manufacture.
I do not believe that inferior tools produce superior work and I
stand by what I say—
You buy cheap, you buy twice.