Other distributors may sell the same items cheaper, but it's nice to be able to drive over, and see the physical item. Especially if one is dealing with a human who knows their stock, and is informed enough to be able to recommend an acceptable substitute or even something better-suited. After all, the reason why Lee Valley carries so many damn tools is because, when it comes to wood, every job is juuuuusssstttt a little bit different.
Congrats on the retirement.YESSSS!!
I live 5 minutes from Lee Valley HQ, and will be retiring in 8 working days. I expect to be spending more time at Lee Valley. of particular interest is the water-based finish that will supposedly sub nicely for nitrocellulose. Most, if not all, of the tools can be gotten through Stew-Mac, but liquids will generally not ship across the border, so this is a nice turn of events.
Unless the price difference is huge, I'd still prefer to buy local. Much less of a hassle to return things.
Just remember that JAParts prices are in USD. So, $70 USD is around $85-$90 CAD right now.It looks like that is the case for nut files, set of 6 for $70 at JAParts or ~ $20 each at LV or $120 to make a set of 6. Are they same quality, probably.