New or Used ??

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by mike85215 posted 06-17-2010 03:47 AM 1869 views 0 times favorited 40 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View mike85215's profile


127 posts in 3173 days

06-17-2010 03:47 AM

I have been thinking a lot about this lately and another LJer is asking about which saw he should buy and it has prompted me to ask the question….
Would you buy a used tool or only new ones?
Personally I have bought most of my tools off of Craigslist and I think that it is the greatest thing since sliced bread!
So far this year I have bought a Unisaw, Delta 14inch bandsaw with riser kit already installed, Rockwell 15inch drillpress, Sears-Simpson 6” joiner, Sears belt sander, Festool Rotex 6” sander, Festool ct33e vacuum, Incra LS Positioner, and a Delta Mortiser. Total cost for all of those tools is $1,310.00.
Now we all know that you cannot get a new tablesaw that is equivalent for the $1,300…..So why are not more Lumberjocks going the used/preowned route?

40 replies so far

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

10548 posts in 3457 days

#1 posted 06-17-2010 03:57 AM

Nearly every tool I own was once owned by someone else.
I bought my Shopsmith new. Jointer was used, planer was not new, biscuit joiners were used, bench was very old, as were the shop cabinets. Almost every clamp I have I bought at yard sales. Except for 12 that I got on a close out sale. Even the shop building was used as a storage building before it was moved to my property.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

View edgarO's profile


68 posts in 2933 days

#2 posted 06-17-2010 04:06 AM

I am new to woodworking but when I am ready to buy bigger I will be looking at used tools. You can get really good things that you otherwise might not be able to get. I never buy new cars always used. Same with my furniture you can get some midcentury classics for what you will pay for new furniture not built or designed as well.

View dmoney's profile


191 posts in 3108 days

#3 posted 06-17-2010 04:22 AM

if it’s gonna cost me over $100, i’m probably buying used. I’ve found you just seem to get more for your money. my table saw, jointer, bandsaw, miter saw, all bought used.

-- Derek, Iowa

View Russ's profile


357 posts in 3106 days

#4 posted 06-17-2010 05:17 AM

With the exception of small tools hand saws, chisels and such I’ve only bought used tools. This year being my first year of wood working I bought:

Rockwell Tablesaw ($60), Craftsmen Jointer ($15), Craftsman 12” Compound Miter ($50), Grizzley 9” bandsaw ($75), HF 10” Planer ($90), Craftsman Drill Press ($50) all tool good shop together for $340. I’m sure I’ll get better as I can afford it but for now all of this is serving me well. Plus I got it all so cheap that if I don’t abuse them I can probably sell them for what I paid or more.

-- Russ

View Moron's profile


5032 posts in 3922 days

#5 posted 06-17-2010 06:21 AM

only an inexperienced ambitous newbie would part with her/his hard earned money and buy the most to recieve the least from an investment that should last a lifetime, only to burn out with the budget that wasnt fat enough to keep the candle burning when in fact….........they are too stuborn to admit defeat and the beat goes on…........and on….......and on

egos are an expenive PITA and thank God for that or some of us might not have a job?

silly people

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

View Pete_Jud's profile


424 posts in 3781 days

#6 posted 06-17-2010 06:38 AM

Most used, still with most of the life left in them. The old steel is great. I have gotten great deals off from craigslist.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

View BertFlores58's profile


1698 posts in 2951 days

#7 posted 06-17-2010 07:20 AM

Depending on the user…. Myself buys brand new portable when it comes to precision work. For cost reason, I used used tools which oftenly needs reconditioning such as change bearings, belts and alignment. I do the reconditioning myself. Old tools will be as good as the brand new as both will also need maintenance and repair. Therefore, it is the condition and quality of the tools you will buy may it be new or used….

-- Bert

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


18293 posts in 3704 days

#8 posted 06-17-2010 07:38 AM

I bought most of my tools long before Craig’s list. I bought most of them new, Pawn shops want nearly new price for a used tool.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View TheDane's profile


5448 posts in 3691 days

#9 posted 06-17-2010 02:14 PM

I have bought both new and used. Some of the used tools were on Craigslist, some in the local classifieds, and some were advertised on a local radio station’s buy-sell-trade show on Saturday morning.

I look for the best deal, and if the tool is not something I need right away, I take my time and shop CL, the newspaper, etc. I also try to strike while the iron is hot … as an example, my Jet 14” bandsaw was a floor model at a local machine shop that I bought on clearance for about 40% off the list price. This shop is where I take my blades for sharpening, and they were marking down floor models when I went in to pick up a blade.

Topamax is right about pawn shops … at least the ones I have visited in our area. It doesn’t cost anything to look, but be ready to be disappointed.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

View davidpettinger's profile


661 posts in 3229 days

#10 posted 06-17-2010 02:54 PM

I have bought mainly used for large power tools. If it is new, it is refurbished with a new factory warranty, or as TheDane, on clearance at a much reduced price. Unless I really need a hand tool, I also will wait for sales to come up. I will generally go to the manufacturer’s website to get the MSRP, then look for the best deal below that price. If I really need the tool, I then scour the internet to find the best price.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

View Dennis Fletcher's profile

Dennis Fletcher

467 posts in 3083 days

#11 posted 06-17-2010 02:55 PM

I have bought both ways, but I find that if I need a power tool for my truck, new is often better, mostly for the warranty. If it is something for my shop, I can get it used, as there is a lot less travel wear.

I do a lot of trading, as well. My labor for a table saw, router and planer was the last good deal.

--, Making design and application one. †

View hObOmOnk's profile


1381 posts in 4156 days

#12 posted 06-17-2010 03:00 PM

We’re going to a monthly antiques and collectibles show in our area this coming Sunday.
They always have a good selection of used tools, especially vintage stuff.
I plan on getting there at sunrise.

This economy presents a buyers market.
Even new tools can be found at marked down prices.

-- 温故知新

View SnowyRiver's profile


51457 posts in 3509 days

#13 posted 06-17-2010 03:27 PM

I have bought both new and used, but much of my shop machinery was purchased as used on Ebay. My jointer and bandsaw were purchased new on Ebay for about 40% of the new cost so I am sold on Ebay and Craigs list.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

View Moron's profile


5032 posts in 3922 days

#14 posted 06-17-2010 03:42 PM

When economic times are booming nobody wants to part with anything so buying new is often the only option but when times are tough, everybody and their uncle will part with toys and tools at a loss.

I bought a craftsman TS in 1975 for about 300 new and sold it in 1984 for 600. I then bought a new general cabinet saw for 800 and sold it in 1986 for 1,200 when times were booming. That saw is now worth about 1,800 and can be bought used for under 400.

I’ve seen whole shops sold under the hammer at an auction that included a lathe with turning tools, jointer, planer, dust system, band saw, drill press, sanders and a cabinet saw sell for under 1,000. I felt sorry for the seller but like others say, presently its a “buyers” market.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

View NathanAllen's profile


376 posts in 3173 days

#15 posted 06-17-2010 04:49 PM

Bought used over a couple years, replaced most of it with big orange during the blow-out earlier this year.

If you’re patient you can wait for the best deals, but that is a lot easier to do when you have an adequate version of a tool that you bought used.

showing 1 through 15 of 40 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics