As you know the US is pretty big so there are national chains, regional stores and then local stores. The Internet has blurred some of the distinctions – where bricks and local mortar stores may have a local presence. Vendors (sometimes having an actual physical store may sell their wares via Amazon, eBay, WalMart or other internet outlets. There are also the what once had been industrial supply companies.
Having (now sold up and retired) worked had an ownership position and run businesses in the 4 state region including CT, PA, NJ and NY we sometimes used local suppliers like these:
In terms of showroom selection and service AW Meyer was our favorite.
Not surprisingly, probably because of Home Depot, many of the smaller hardware/tool stores and lumberyards that were on our places to stop when we had work in their area have long ago disappeared.
That gets me to the big box stores – which in the Northeast of the US – mostly mean:
But in the Midwest there is:
Beyond Amazon the online purveyors that I’ve used include:
I’ve had considerable and good experiences with the 3 above, but never had an issue with the 5 below:
Then there are more specialized or woodworking outlets like:
Then Online Industrial supply houses including:
And of course there are the low cost suppliers such as:
but my limited experience with them would not lead to a recommendation one way or another. Harbor Freight is known for low price first - with longevity/quality as something the buyer would have to judge for themselves.
I’m pretty sure that I’ve left hundreds of other tool outlets off this list.