BEST SELLERS

Wanna Toggle?

The correct answer is "I don't know; I've never toggled." If, however, you just want to turn something on and off, here's a choice of toggles for your switching delectation. The DPDT toggle is rated for up to 20A at 125VAC and has screw terminals below. Measures 1-1/4" x 1-3/4". No center-off position. The first DPST toggle is rated for 20A at 125VAC or 15A at 250VAC. Screw terminals on the bottom. Measures 1-5/16" x 3/4". The smaller DPST toggle is rated for up to 4A at 125VAC or 2A at 250VAC. Has 3/16" spade terminals on the bottom and measures 1" X 9/16". All the toggles come with switch-plates and mounting nuts.

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DPDT TOGGLE SWITCH 20A ON-ON (A)

Wanna Toggle?

The correct answer is "I don't know; I've never toggled." If, however, you just want to turn something on and off, here's a choice of toggles for your switching delectation. The DPDT toggle is rated for up to 20A at 125VAC and has screw terminals below. Measures 1-1/4" x 1-3/4". No center-off position. The first DPST toggle is rated for 20A at 125VAC or 15A at 250VAC. Screw terminals on the bottom. Measures 1-5/16" x 3/4". The smaller DPST toggle is rated for up to 4A at 125VAC or 2A at 250VAC. Has 3/16" spade terminals on the bottom and measures 1" X 9/16". All the toggles come with switch-plates and mounting nuts.

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Here Comes The Sun...

These 5-5/8" wide cardboard solar viewing glasses filter out 99.999 percent of visible light, and 100 percent of harmful UV and IR light, which means they’re safe for direct solar viewing (and your sunglasses aren’t). A sharp, orange image of the sun will always be there because the lenses are scratch-resistant. You get (2) pairs because who wants to watch an eclipse alone? For you techie types who care, they’re rated for transmission under EN1836:2005 and AS/NZS 1338:1992. ISO 12312-2:2015. In other words, they're from a NASA approved manufacturer. 

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SOLAR SUN EVENT VIEWING GLASSES

Here Comes The Sun...

These 5-5/8" wide cardboard solar viewing glasses filter out 99.999 percent of visible light, and 100 percent of harmful UV and IR light, which means they’re safe for direct solar viewing (and your sunglasses aren’t). A sharp, orange image of the sun will always be there because the lenses are scratch-resistant. You get (2) pairs because who wants to watch an eclipse alone? For you techie types who care, they’re rated for transmission under EN1836:2005 and AS/NZS 1338:1992. ISO 12312-2:2015. In other words, they're from a NASA approved manufacturer. 

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$3.95 PKG (2)

Have A Ball

The ball casters are great swivelers and quite snazzy looking, too. Seen on your better chairs everywhere. These are brass plated on 1-1/2" square mounting plates with 3/16" holes at the corners. You pick the 2" or 2-1/2" dia versions.

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2-1/2" BRASS BALL SWIVEL PLATE CASTERS

Have A Ball

The ball casters are great swivelers and quite snazzy looking, too. Seen on your better chairs everywhere. These are brass plated on 1-1/2" square mounting plates with 3/16" holes at the corners. You pick the 2" or 2-1/2" dia versions.

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Big and Rechargeable

Here's a brand new selection of sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries, for when you're pushing something a little bigger than a penlight. All batteries are all direct from the manufacturer with current date codes. All of them have (2) 3/16" wide quick-disconnect terminals on top. Click on battery description for a photo.

 

 

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12 VOLT * 8AH * UB1280 * 5-15/16" x 3-11/16" x 2-9/16" NEW

Big and Rechargeable

Here's a brand new selection of sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries, for when you're pushing something a little bigger than a penlight. All batteries are all direct from the manufacturer with current date codes. All of them have (2) 3/16" wide quick-disconnect terminals on top. Click on battery description for a photo.

 

 

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Potentiometers Plus Knobs

You pick the 500-Ohm 1/2W, 1K-Ohm 1/2W or the 10K-Ohm panel-mount potentiometer, all from Alpha Products® with dust covers over a 17mm base, panel tabs, 6mm dia x 10mm long shafts, and 3mm solder lugs with washers and nuts. Shafts are knurled and slotted, and single-turn. Turn them with press-fit black plastic knobs, 6mm ID x 16mm dia x 18mm tall with pointers in assorted colors of red, orange, yellow, blue, green and white.

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10K-OHM LINEAR TAPER POTENTIOMETER

Potentiometers Plus Knobs

You pick the 500-Ohm 1/2W, 1K-Ohm 1/2W or the 10K-Ohm panel-mount potentiometer, all from Alpha Products® with dust covers over a 17mm base, panel tabs, 6mm dia x 10mm long shafts, and 3mm solder lugs with washers and nuts. Shafts are knurled and slotted, and single-turn. Turn them with press-fit black plastic knobs, 6mm ID x 16mm dia x 18mm tall with pointers in assorted colors of red, orange, yellow, blue, green and white.

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$3.95 PKG (2)

Locking PLIERS

How big are your locking pliers? This giant pair, in hardened steel, will grip the largest vices in captivity at 14” long with serrated 1-7/8” jaws that adjust from 11/16” to a gaping 2-1/4” ID. Tighten via an 11/16” bolt. Easy to locate, too, in a popsicle-ish lime green.

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EXTRA LARGE LOCKING PLIERS

Locking PLIERS

How big are your locking pliers? This giant pair, in hardened steel, will grip the largest vices in captivity at 14” long with serrated 1-7/8” jaws that adjust from 11/16” to a gaping 2-1/4” ID. Tighten via an 11/16” bolt. Easy to locate, too, in a popsicle-ish lime green.

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$24.50 EACH

Eschew Plastic Canteens

Drink like your grandfather did when he was in service to Uncle Sam, from this brand new aluminum canteen nested in a cup with folding handles, both inside a padded cotton olive drab cover (suitable for soaking to keep the water cold) with a pistol belt hook on the back. Canteen holds (1) quart, the cup about half that. Includes a black screw cap with a (non-GI) chain and carabiner.

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ALUMINUM ARMY-STYLE CANTEEN

Eschew Plastic Canteens

Drink like your grandfather did when he was in service to Uncle Sam, from this brand new aluminum canteen nested in a cup with folding handles, both inside a padded cotton olive drab cover (suitable for soaking to keep the water cold) with a pistol belt hook on the back. Canteen holds (1) quart, the cup about half that. Includes a black screw cap with a (non-GI) chain and carabiner.

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$12.95 EACH

Faux Hurricane Lantern

It’s faux hurricane season here in Chicago, and time to break out our faux hurricane lantern. Regardless of the season, though, it’s great as an accent light in any room, back yard or camper. Stands approx 10” tall x 5” wide, in steel with an antiquey copper finish. Has a carrying/hanging handle, and a push-button turns on both a 25-lumen flickering LED flame and an 80-lumen bright-white LED. Comes with (4) “AAA” batteries.

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LED FAUX COPPER HURRICANE LANTERN

Faux Hurricane Lantern

It’s faux hurricane season here in Chicago, and time to break out our faux hurricane lantern. Regardless of the season, though, it’s great as an accent light in any room, back yard or camper. Stands approx 10” tall x 5” wide, in steel with an antiquey copper finish. Has a carrying/hanging handle, and a push-button turns on both a 25-lumen flickering LED flame and an 80-lumen bright-white LED. Comes with (4) “AAA” batteries.

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$16.95 EACH

Use Your Little Gray Cells

Our medium-gray closed-cell foam comes in 14-1/8" x 3-3/4" x 1/4" thick slices with self-adhesive backing. You get two slabs, the better to pad something with.

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SELF-ADHESIVE FOAM

Use Your Little Gray Cells

Our medium-gray closed-cell foam comes in 14-1/8" x 3-3/4" x 1/4" thick slices with self-adhesive backing. You get two slabs, the better to pad something with.

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$2.45 PKG (2)
$3.25
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Block That Pillow!

Pardon us--just a little machinists’ joke. This sturdy cast-iron pillow block measures 5" x 2-3/8" tall x 1-3/8". Has a sealed 1-3/4" dia bearing with a 3/4" ID x 1-7/32" bushing and a pair of set screws. Mounts via 7/16" x 13/16" x 1/2" slots in the base. Has a 1/4” lube fitting with a cover. Get a couple and add a 3/4” dia steel rod, and you’ve got the toughest towel bar in the universe.

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3/4” DIAMETER SEALED PILLOW BLOCK

Block That Pillow!

Pardon us--just a little machinists’ joke. This sturdy cast-iron pillow block measures 5" x 2-3/8" tall x 1-3/8". Has a sealed 1-3/4" dia bearing with a 3/4" ID x 1-7/32" bushing and a pair of set screws. Mounts via 7/16" x 13/16" x 1/2" slots in the base. Has a 1/4” lube fitting with a cover. Get a couple and add a 3/4” dia steel rod, and you’ve got the toughest towel bar in the universe.

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$8.75 EACH

COB, COB, COB, COB

Light up the night with this set of (4) personal lights, including (2) flashlights with 5-element LEDs rated for 120 lumens, measuring 3-3/8” long x 1” dia with wrist-straps; and (2) 120-lumen headlamps, 2-3/8” x 1-5/8” x 1-1/8”, with a bracket that pivots 45 degrees and 9-element COBs. Also have high/low/off modes and adjustable head straps. Every dang one of them comes with (3) “AAA” batteries, because we think you’re special.

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LED HEADLIGHT FLASHLIGHT SUPER SET

COB, COB, COB, COB

Light up the night with this set of (4) personal lights, including (2) flashlights with 5-element LEDs rated for 120 lumens, measuring 3-3/8” long x 1” dia with wrist-straps; and (2) 120-lumen headlamps, 2-3/8” x 1-5/8” x 1-1/8”, with a bracket that pivots 45 degrees and 9-element COBs. Also have high/low/off modes and adjustable head straps. Every dang one of them comes with (3) “AAA” batteries, because we think you’re special.

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$9.50 EACH
$12.50
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Mabuchi Motor

Little takeout 3-6VDC Mabuchi motors (6VDC nominal) spin approx 4000 rpm and draw 50mA no load. Stall at 300mA and measure 1-1/2" long x 1-1/16" dia with a 1/2” long x 3/32” dia shaft with a 2-sheave 9/16” dia pulley. Sheaves are 1/16” ID. Wired with 2” leads for super easy battery or wall adapter hook up. These were originally from copiers so you'll want to wipe 'em down before use.

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3-6VDC MABUCHI MOTOR

Mabuchi Motor

Little takeout 3-6VDC Mabuchi motors (6VDC nominal) spin approx 4000 rpm and draw 50mA no load. Stall at 300mA and measure 1-1/2" long x 1-1/16" dia with a 1/2” long x 3/32” dia shaft with a 2-sheave 9/16” dia pulley. Sheaves are 1/16” ID. Wired with 2” leads for super easy battery or wall adapter hook up. These were originally from copiers so you'll want to wipe 'em down before use.

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$0.99 PKG (2)
$2.95
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Magnetic Geometry Made Fun

Now comes this ball of geometric possibilities, from creativity guru Roger von Oech. Perfect for anyone with a 3-dimensional mind, from a precocious child to a bored nonagenarian, including your favorite artist, mathematician, designer, engineer, or whatever. The little red ball, 3-1/4" dia, comprises (30) magnetized right golden rhombic pyramids that will fit together in endless shapes, from a rhombic triacontahedron (see the pic), to stars, wreaths, animals, sunbursts, and endless others. Comes with a 96pp booklet on geometric possibilities and creativity. Plenty of desktop noodling fun, but a lot more than just a toy.

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BALL OF WHACKS

Magnetic Geometry Made Fun

Now comes this ball of geometric possibilities, from creativity guru Roger von Oech. Perfect for anyone with a 3-dimensional mind, from a precocious child to a bored nonagenarian, including your favorite artist, mathematician, designer, engineer, or whatever. The little red ball, 3-1/4" dia, comprises (30) magnetized right golden rhombic pyramids that will fit together in endless shapes, from a rhombic triacontahedron (see the pic), to stars, wreaths, animals, sunbursts, and endless others. Comes with a 96pp booklet on geometric possibilities and creativity. Plenty of desktop noodling fun, but a lot more than just a toy.

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$27.95 EACH

You'll Be Left Brushless

This 3-phase brushless 12VDC motor from Nidec draws 2.5A max through the red and black leads with what we think are coil taps, and Hall effect outputs through the other (4) leads. Measures 36mm (1.4") dia x 40mm (1.6") long with a 4mm (0.16") dia x 19mm (0.75") shaft with a removable cam. Includes a spec sheet.

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12VDC BRUSHLESS MOTOR

You'll Be Left Brushless

This 3-phase brushless 12VDC motor from Nidec draws 2.5A max through the red and black leads with what we think are coil taps, and Hall effect outputs through the other (4) leads. Measures 36mm (1.4") dia x 40mm (1.6") long with a 4mm (0.16") dia x 19mm (0.75") shaft with a removable cam. Includes a spec sheet.

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$3.95 EACH

Acid Brushes

You don’t, huh? They’re called acid brushes because once upon a plumber they were used to apply acid flux to pipes for soldering. Now they’re just the cheap, disposable brushes with hollow aluminum handles you see in glue pots and everywhere else folks need to slather on goopy stuff. Measure 6" long with 5/8” wide bristles.

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6” ACID BRUSHES

Acid Brushes

You don’t, huh? They’re called acid brushes because once upon a plumber they were used to apply acid flux to pipes for soldering. Now they’re just the cheap, disposable brushes with hollow aluminum handles you see in glue pots and everywhere else folks need to slather on goopy stuff. Measure 6" long with 5/8” wide bristles.

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$2.95 PKG (6)

Rack 'Em Up

Like a third hand in the electronics lab, this circuit-board rack from Elenco® has a pair of stable 6-1/2" legs and 3" tall arms with clips, one spring-loaded, to hold the board. It's a must for any electronics DIY-er. Adjusts from 0 to 9-3/8" apart and lets you rotate the board it holds a full 360 degrees. Both clips and legs lock with thumbscrews.

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ELENCO® CIRCUIT BOARD CLAMP

Rack 'Em Up

Like a third hand in the electronics lab, this circuit-board rack from Elenco® has a pair of stable 6-1/2" legs and 3" tall arms with clips, one spring-loaded, to hold the board. It's a must for any electronics DIY-er. Adjusts from 0 to 9-3/8" apart and lets you rotate the board it holds a full 360 degrees. Both clips and legs lock with thumbscrews.

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$11.95 EACH

Clearly Hollow

You’ll get (10) pieces of clear acrylic medical grade tubing for your water fountains, Halloween displays or other hobby projects. Each measures 32” long x 5/32” OD x 1/8” ID. Made right here in the US of A.

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ACRYLIC TUBING

Clearly Hollow

You’ll get (10) pieces of clear acrylic medical grade tubing for your water fountains, Halloween displays or other hobby projects. Each measures 32” long x 5/32” OD x 1/8” ID. Made right here in the US of A.

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$3.75 PKG (10)

Science Project Motor & Gearbox

Great for roboticists, too. It's a mighty-mite, this little 6VDC 45 RPM motor with a right-angle gearbox. Draws 13mA, no load, and stalls at 120mA. Output is through (2) double-flattened 1/4" dia x 3/16" long shafts on opposite sides of the white plastic housing, both with 1/16" dia center holes. Measures 1-7/8" x 7/8" overall. Gear ratio is 228:1.

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45 RPM GEAR MOTOR

Science Project Motor & Gearbox

Great for roboticists, too. It's a mighty-mite, this little 6VDC 45 RPM motor with a right-angle gearbox. Draws 13mA, no load, and stalls at 120mA. Output is through (2) double-flattened 1/4" dia x 3/16" long shafts on opposite sides of the white plastic housing, both with 1/16" dia center holes. Measures 1-7/8" x 7/8" overall. Gear ratio is 228:1.

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$7.50 EACH

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