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Old 31st October 2006, 06:56 PM   #1
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Jeez,

I hadn't been over to the other side of town for a couple
weeks and now there's a Lowe's pretty much gone up and open.

What are the advantages of going there rather than Home Depot?

Locally we have 2 other big box suppliers for farm and fleet
and hardware plus the usual run of lumber stock suppliers like
Wickes and Stock.
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Old 31st October 2006, 07:10 PM   #2
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I think you will find similar materials in them all.

I think you may find the greatest advantage in any of the stores is with the individual who assists you. Especially if they cut material for you. You (we all) need someone who pays attention to what they are doing and knows how the saw works.

Let them know before any cuts are made how close they need to be. If they hesitate, consider trying another store.
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Old 31st October 2006, 08:00 PM   #3
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my impression of Lowe's is price is tiny bit higher, cleaner, checkout is slower.

Locally here, HD cuts wood for minimal price, Lowe's is free but guarantee to 1/4" of their cuts.

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Old 1st November 2006, 06:07 AM   #4
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I'm a Lowes fan - having done a good bit of work for Lowes corporate. I like them. Will agree with gychang on the stores. Lowes at least has a policy of keeping the stores clean. Prices seem a tiny bit higher.

We have both stores here on my little island. Home Depot is bigger, but Lowes has a much better saw.
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Old 1st November 2006, 07:22 AM   #5
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I suppose I'll go in and walk around some day.

About the cleanliness: a lumberyard is not a
hospital. And yet I've wondered who could possibly
keep the dust off all that stuff in any of those gigantic
stores.
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Old 1st November 2006, 02:05 PM   #6
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Lowe's versus Home Depot? The choice is easy, it doesn't matter, they both carry pretty much the same thing, and the price differences aren't really worth worrying about. If you're trying to decide which to buy lumber from, that's even easier, neither. Go to the lumber yards you mentioned. Lowe's and Home Depot are oriented towards the DIY market in home improvement, they're very poor when it comes to doing things like speakers, furniture and things like that. Their sheet good selection is lousy and pricey, their lumber selection is even worse. I shop at them for my theatre work, and home improvement work, if I'm doing my furniture designs or things like that, I go elsewhere.

Personally, I shop Lowes, because they're closer, and we have a tax ID with them for the theatre. Beyond that, they both are real hit or miss when it comes to help or speed of getting in and out.
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Old 1st November 2006, 02:54 PM   #7
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Home Depot is for guys....

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