View Full Version : stainless steel fasteners - quality

29-11-2012, 10:08 PM

bought some stainless steel bolts from ebay, which arrived today. They are A2 SS, but the quality seems to be rather...hmm, rubbish. I'm normally rather picky when it comes, well to anything, but the bolts I got look more like zinc plated, due to the surface finish:


The one on the left is A4 M5 cap head I bought of a different seller, the two on the right are the most recent ones. You can see the heads are different and the surface isn't exactly super smooth. Is this normal or is this indeed bad? The new ones have A2 stamped on the top.


29-11-2012, 10:28 PM
sorry but you ordered bolts from ebay.. support your local merchants and acctually go in to a store and buy the stuff you need

29-11-2012, 10:52 PM
Try these people MULTIPLE, CAP HEAD ALLEN KEY SOCKET items in A BOLT FTB store on eBay! (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/A-BOLT-FTB?_trksid=p2047675.l2563) I've never had a problem with them.

29-11-2012, 11:54 PM
Is screwfix no good for you, there is one in Lincoln.

30-11-2012, 03:32 AM
Fasteners are one of few examples where shopping on-line tends to cost more. Google to find out if there is a fasteners shop near you. There's one near where I live which stock a huge range of fasteners at reasonable prices, and another at less reasonable prices.

30-11-2012, 08:45 AM
The reason why I got stuff of ebay is due to the fact that I work long days, away from any form of life activity (apart from the people I work with) and so getting stuff online is much easier. In addition I only needed 10-20 odd bolts and was almost sure that a normal store will ask me to buy bulk (or at least bags of 50). The photo above is posted simply out of curiosity as I'm not an expert on fasteners and so thought I'd ask before looking around for more.

@r0bsk1: this is actually where these came from

@D.C.: didn't think Screwfix does all the sizes I needed, although I'll check

@Jonathan: guess this proves what you are saying, I'll try to find something local and compare.


30-11-2012, 10:57 AM

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30-11-2012, 11:35 AM
Just nipped out to feed the hens

Seeing your chooks has reminded me of Peggity, the most intelligent... and best looking... of my gals back then. Sadly I don't have any pics of her, but she had a similar complexion to your one on the left.

Ah, Good memories of Loch Broom / rural Ullapool... ;-)