If you’re looking to order safety equipment or metal fabrication supplies, Airgas.com should be one of your first stops. I came across Airgas when I was searching for a hard-to-find pair of sweet new safety goggles and somehow ended up making a rather large order. Their prices are decent, but most importantly the selection is vast and shipping is prompt.
I was afraid that since Airgas caters more towards industrial and professional customers, my order would be given a low priority and ship at a snail’s pace. However, I was pleasantly surprised. My order shipped the morning I placed the order, and I received it the very next day. This suggests that there may be a distribution center nearby, but I’m impressed nonetheless.
Airgas also has quite a few real world locations, but I haven’t stopped by to check any out yet. I’d assume that more often than not these locations focus on gas and welding supply.
According to their site, “Airgas is the United States’ largest distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related equipment, safety supplies, and MRO products and services to industrial and commercial markets.” Consumer-friendly industrial distributors are sometimes hard to find. In this respect, Airgas isn’t at the same level as McMaster Carr, but they’re sure near the top of my list.
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