I’ve bought a lot of old, used power tools, woodworking machines and outdoor power equipment on craigslist.org. And more often than not, they’re missing parts or parts are broken. I can’t always get replacement parts from the manufacturers because they’re out of stock or discontinued. That’s when I turn to a handful of different websites for hard-to-find parts.
My favorite site for power tool parts is ereplacementparts.com. It stocks parts for just about every major power tool manufacturer and ships them quickly. Toolpartsdirect.com, mikestools.com and partstree.com are also good sites.
If I still can’t find what I need, I turn to industrial machine component suppliers like essentracomponents.com (formerly Reid Supply). But you can’t just indicate what machine you have and order a replacement part. It takes some digging around on the website to track down a part that’ll work for you. Essentra has good photos and detailed drawings with exact measurements for everything it sells. Check out Essentra the next time you need an unusual part like a clamping handle, handwheel, knob or bearing.