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Toolstation - A much cheaper alternative to Screwfix

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1d, 3m agoFound 1 decade, 3 months ago
For anyone who missed my moaning about Screwfix price rises in the other post I thought I would just post this tip if you are looking to buy DIY items. Screwfix prices have risen my a large amount between the Spring and Summer catalogues, over 31% on my plumbing and other consumables order, and they have also added an extra £6 'remote area' delivery charge for most of Scotland. Thanks to Mike T I tried Toolstation. My order came to just over £70 with Screwfix, but for identical products (both companies offer a similar range) the Toolstation order came to just under £52, a saving of over 25%. In addition Toolstation's minimum order value for free delivery is just £40, instead of £45 with Screwfix, and there is no surcharge for 'remote areas'. Hope this helps.
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#1
Very useful tip :) Thanks for this ;)
#2
nice one, i have used toolstation as well as screwfix for last 2 years, very good and very reliable.
#3
Thanks for that.

Johnnypanic
#4
My brother's gonna love you - he's fed up with screwfix :)

Del
#5
Wow - some unbelievable differences in prices on copper plumbing fittings...

15mm elbows (pack 25) £2.40 instead of £7.49
15mm tee (pack 25) £4.67 instead of £7.29

Some of the other stuff is closer on price but well worth checking out!
#6
The king is dead, long live the king 8)

I ordered the catalogue when I saw the first thread, arrived today and I read it (for fun:-D ). I'll be using Toolstation from now on I would imagine.

Screwfix have been good, but I have had problems with next day delivery and some waiting for items, still worth the wait sometimes compared to the diy shed ripoff prices:x .
#7
Screwfix started off good a few years ago, but they got bought out by Kingfisher - the parent company of B&Q. Since then the prices have crept up and the quality of the product isn't always great. Still occasionally some good stuff at Screwfix, but I mostly use Toolstation these days.
#8
My catalogue came today. Looks very good and a lot of things seem cheaper.
#9
OK I am not into this sort of thing but it deserves a bump due to the great feedback. Someone could have missed this post yesterday and I can see the potential benefit of such good advice on small businesses.

Nice post OP.
#10
the guy that owns toolstation.com i thought it was him that started off & then sold off screwfix to kingfisher??
#11
you are spot on ..........Frank
#12
FRANK
the guy that owns toolstation.com i thought it was him that started off & then sold off screwfix to kingfisher??


Absolutely, can't blame him though, I daresay he got very rich out of it.
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Hi all

I've used Screwfix and Toolstation for a few years now with an average spending of £2-£3k a year with each one. Both companies have had their good and bad moments.

Screwfix does offer much wider range of products and their unbranded products does seem to be of much higher quality than Toolstation.
Some of Toolstation's unbranded stuff only just about gets away with being usable.

Both companies have seriously messed up small and large orders but both customer services have been excellent at sorting things out.
#14
Another new kid on the block to check out is TheToolbag:
http://www.thetoolbag.com

Not used them yet, but got their catalogue and they seem on a par with Screwfix and Toolstation. More importantly Toolbag are doing free delivery on your first order... so well worth a try. :santa:
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#16
Thanks Mike :) Is TheToolBag.Com part of ToolStation?
[mod]#17
No Ray, totally seperate as far as I am aware. I was just pointing out an offer they had after reading BigAdes posting.
#18
Ah I see :roll: Thanks! Added that to my e-mail updates, as it they have some pretty good stuff there :santa:
#19
tdogg
nice one, i have used toolstation as well as screwfix for last 2 years, very good and very reliable.
#20
Toolstation is gr8
Screwfix is owned by B&Q ( SAY NO MORE EH!!!!!!)

And yes im a proffesional builder not a cowboy lol
40 yrs exp
#21
Hi,
I worked with B&Q for 20 years but have since moved on, involved in property developing so need to keep the costs down, used Screwfix up till about 6 months ago but have now started using Toolstation as I find them cheaper. Only use B&Q when they have discounts eg 15% off kitchens etc.
#22
Living in Bristol we have several Screwfix trade shops and one toolstation.
I have used Screwfix since they started selling cheap mild steel screws from China from a garage.
Toolstation is approx 30% cheaper and service is good - no issues returning items damaged/faulty or not.
Some of the very cheap kit is just scrap (the extending spirit level had so much slop in it - it went straight in the bin).

Voted Hot as Toolstation are taking over from screwfix who are killing the golden goose..........http://www.realestatesavvy.ca/images/golden-goose-egg.jpg
banned#23
top deal - thanks. HOT!
banned#24
I've found Toolstation to be brilliant. Far more reliable than Screwfix!

Plus in the newspapers last month I see that Travis Perkins have invested in them so I think Toolstation are now expanding across the UK. Their website is showing they plan another 50 shops in the next 2 years!
#25
golddust;2284951
I've found Toolstation to be brilliant. Far more reliable than Screwfix!

Plus in the newspapers last month I see that Travis Perkins have invested in them so I think Toolstation are now expanding across the UK. Their website is showing they plan another 50 shops in the next 2 years!


that would explain why their level of service has really gone down the pan recently

i've had far too many orders recently "go missing" with excuses ranging from their delivery guys not being able to find us to items out of stock (though shown as in stock when ordered on website)

example of toolstations delivery system recently

item ordered 25/09/08....still waiting for delivery today 06/10/08

toolstation still very good for price - service has really gone down the pan

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