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Electronics Supplier - Canada & USA

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JMB
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Electronics Supplier - Canada & USA
Posted by JMB on Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:56 AM
Just have to rave about the vast array of wire, switches, connectors, edge-board connectors (for the Tortoise), LEDs, Lights and anything needed for wiring up a layout at the on-line source known as Digi-Key Corporation(www.digikey.com).

Though an industrial supply firm based in Minnesota, they welcome the 'little guy' and his/her business.

The Search function on their website is uncanny at locating just the specific item you are using.

And the service is unbelievable! An on-line chat system is quick & helpful.

I have placed 2 orders in the past month from rural eastern Ontario & received the items the next morning by Purolator. And received a huge (>4" thick) print catalogue after the first order!

And, good news for Canadians, though based in the USA, Digi-Key gives you the cost of an order in $CDN & all item prices include brokerage fees so no cross-border hassles.

FYI!

...John
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Posted by ereimer on Thursday, March 13, 2008 10:14 PM

i've ordered from them a couple of times , and you're right , they're great . very fast filling of orders and very easy to find what you need from the website

 

 

ernie 

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Posted by UpNorth on Thursday, March 13, 2008 11:03 PM
Been using them for a long time and my farther before that via the mail, long before Internet. They started in 1972. Dad was a HAM (VE2UH). 
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Posted by CSX Robert on Thursday, March 13, 2008 11:44 PM
My only complaint with Digikey is they have a $5 handling charge if your order totals less than $25. I still like them and use them a lot though. Another good supplier is Mouser(mouser.com), and they do not have the service charge on small orders, but I like Digikey's website better.
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Posted by dadret on Friday, March 14, 2008 7:06 AM
Good tip.  I use www.partsexpress.com which is also good and low prices.
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Posted by maxman on Friday, March 14, 2008 6:13 PM

Edge connector for a Tortise machine?.....if they have an 8 position edge connector for a Tortise machine I'd appreciate knowing what that part number is.

Thanks

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Posted by UpNorth on Friday, March 14, 2008 7:31 PM
EBM08DSXN-ND.. But Digikey shows  0 stock.  Tony's Trains has them for $2.95 a pop.
JMB
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Posted by JMB on Friday, March 14, 2008 11:49 PM
The EBM08DSXN-ND is a 16 position connector & ideal..but it is listed @ $4.41

I obtained part # EDC305200-ND, a 20 position connector (10 on each side) & it works perfectly..just line up the slots & you have 2 unused; & the cost was only $3.50

Still a bit more expensive than Tony's though.

FUn Stuff this electronics world!

...John
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Posted by UpNorth on Saturday, March 15, 2008 1:33 AM
Well..   the 08 in their says it's 8 position. It is also the same part number as Tony's trains. That is were I picked it up, to be honest, and just put it up on the Digikey site  search tool.
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Posted by maxman on Saturday, March 15, 2008 1:47 PM
Okay, thanks for the info.  I was kind of hoping that they would be selling them for less than the $3/each, but that seems to be the going price.  I get mine at one of the local train shows from an outfit called Greenway.  They sell them there for $15/5......same per unit price as long as you don't count the $7 it takes to get into the show...plus tax...plus gas to get there.
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Posted by Mailman56701 on Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:02 PM

  I too like Digi-Key........especially since their plant is about three miles from my house :)

  I just drive down to it when I need something.  Got some coiled cables for my MRC cabs last week.

"Realism is overrated"

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