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Unread 02-26-2007, 03:41 PM   #1
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Grade 8 Bolts

Where is the best place to buy single grade 8 bolts, nuts, and washers? does home depot or lowes carry them, or is the best place a wholesale tool company where I buy buy the package?

Also how can I determine if the bolts and nuts I buy are grade 8 or not?

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Unread 02-26-2007, 07:02 PM   #2
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Grade 8 bolts have 6 marks on top of the bolt head, no idea how to tell if a nut is a Grade 5 or Grade 8. I just trust that what is in the bin and labeled as a graded nut is what it's labeled as.

Home Depot has a very small selection of graded hardware but Lowes has a pretty complete selection. If you're lucky, you'll have a bolt specialty store nearby but sometimes they have minimum quantity requirements. You're probably better off going to Lowe's or a small speciality hardware store than you would be with a Home Depot.
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Unread 02-26-2007, 07:28 PM   #3
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If you're looking for a few bolts and nuts of different sizes, try Mcmaster Carr . They have a large selection of nuts/bolts and other fasteners. Since I don't mind buying in bulk, I pickup alot of stuff from fastenersuperstore.com . Some of the Grade 8 nuts that I buy have little tick marks on the corners.
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Around here in NW FL.... the Ace Hardwares are great for buying hardware in small numbers, Grade 8 included. Some of the non-chain lumber yards are also good...
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I found that Tractor Supply has a pretty good selection of grade 8 nuts and bolts. I had to buy grade 8 the other day for my gas tank access mod because that was all they had. The grade 5 and 2 were all gone.
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Around here in NW FL.... the Ace Hardwares are great for buying hardware in small numbers, Grade 8 included. Some of the non-chain lumber yards are also good...
Same here. Ace is where I buy all my Grade 8 bolts.
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i agree ACE and also OSH has a pretty good selection of grade 8 bolts
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Unread 02-27-2007, 12:13 AM   #8
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is there a CAT dealer near buy, i work for CAT and i am not trying to push there product but there zinc coated grade 8 bolts and hard ware are about the tuffest out there, all there heads are thicker. they way to tell the diference between grd 5 nuts over 8's is they are zinc coated ( goldish plated ). one more thing about the CAT nuts is they have more relieafs or dimple's cut on the face side of the nut to grip the lockwasher or steel better, jason.
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ok thanks guys I found everything I needed at Lowes, cost me 25$ for all the hardware I needed, but at least I'll be able to install all my parts this week
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Unread 02-27-2007, 08:25 AM   #10
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I'll second Tractor Supply for bolts and nuts - you buy by the pound and usually it is much cheaper than Lowe's or HD. FWIW - Grade 8 bolts have 6 tick marks as said above, Grade 5 have 3 tick marks. Grade 2 has no markings.
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